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Report: Urban Meyer likely to coach Jacksonville Jaguars

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Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game between Ohio State and Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are finalizing a deal to make Urban Meyer their next head coach, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that a deal is not yet quite done, but is “trending that way.”

Meyer spent 17 years as a head coach in the college ranks, winning three national championships, two with the University of Florida and one with Ohio State. Meyer was accused of fostering a toxic environment at Florida and turning a blind eye to domestic violence allegations against Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith. On December 4, 2018, Urban Meyer announced that he would retire from coaching following the team’s Rose Bowl game due to health reasons. It was announced that Ryan Day would take over the head coaching position immediately after the Rose Bowl. Day lead the Buckeyes to the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship where the team was defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jacksonville holds the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the team is expected to pick on Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, considered to be be the best player in the draft at the position.