Jaguars don’t have to worry about Urban Meyer leaving for Notre Dame

There has been chatter about Urban Meyer leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars for Notre Dame but the head coach has made it be known he isn’t leaving Duval.

Meyer’s name has popped up whenever a big-profile job at the collegiate level has become available, and it was no different when Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU. In fact, if there was an opening Meyer would have considered, it was the one in South Bend, as it was his dream job. However, he’s not leaving the Jags now nor anytime soon.

The Ohio native isn’t planning on returning to college, per Mark Long of the Associated Press. Michael DiRocco of ESPN also reported Meyer has no interest in taking a college job and remains committed to rebuilding the Jaguars. Meyer could always change his mind but it doesn’t seem like he will and in for the long haul.

Meyer’s currently making the transition to the pros and has run into several speed bumps. He quickly realized that winning wasn’t as easy as it was back in college, where you can win games just by having more talent. Then again, he took over a Jaguars’ team that had won a combined 12 games in the previous three seasons, so expecting Meyer to have them competing for a playoff spot in Year 1 would have been unrealistic.

Urban Meyer has invested too much in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meyer’s tenure in Duval isn’t off to a great start, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him return to college, where he enjoyed success on a consistent basis. He previously left Florida and Ohio State, so there’s a precedent. On the other hand, Meyer is aware that if he leaves Jacksonville, his reputation is going to be tainted, and won’t have a chance to return to the NFL.

The Jaguars are currently 2-9, and Meyer has already racked up as many losses as he had while at the helm of Ohio State. However, he knew what he was getting into. Turning the Jaguars into a contender was not going to be an easy task and it was going to take more than one year to right the ship.

Meyer has made several mistakes in his first year as the head coach of the Jaguars but the organization should feel pleased he’s not ready to throw in the towel.