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Jaguars’ Urban Meyer says there’s no way he’s leaving for USC


Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer made it clear Wednesday “there is no way” he is leaving the NFL to return to college football to coach the University of Southern California.

USC fired Clay Helton on Monday, and Meyer’s name was immediately linked to the opening. The Jaguars first-year coach denied the report.

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“I am here and determined to try to build an organization,” Meyer said Wednesday.

Meyer has built winning programs in Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and the State of Ohio. He led the Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008 and won another title with the Buckeyes in 2014.

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After the 2018 season, Meyer left the state of Ohio and worked for two years as a college football analyst at Fox Sports. Meyer is back on the sidelines this season after Jaguars owner Shad Khan convinced him to return.

The Jaguars lost 37-21 to the Houston Texans in the first week. As a team, the Jags committed 10 penalties, dropped six assists and returned the ball three times. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw three interceptions on his NFL debut.

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Jacksonville faces the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“I’ve been warned many times, many times, it’s a trip, it’s not a sprint,” Meyer said. “We are healthy, the attitudes are good, we have good players and we are building something.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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