Some Auburn football fans wouldn’t mind if Urban Meyer coached the Tigers in spite of his failure at the NFL and the dysfunction he helped create when he was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Message Board Geniuses account on Twitter recently shared several screenshots of Auburn fans wanting the team they root for to pursue Meyer. Here are some of the comments regarding the Jaguars’ former head coach. Just keep in mind that this is just a small sample and might not reflect the Tigers fanbase.
‘Save us Urban from his exile and we will be rewarded’.
‘Beyond my pay grade to judge Urban but plenty of people have character flaws… Sometimes people surprise you when you give them a chance. I would give Urban HCing job in a heartbeat’
‘I would send my best negotiator and give him a $15 million limit and have him start at $8 million, 5-year deal.’
The next one takes the crown though.
‘I don’t care how big of scumbag he is (a huge one), I would do unspeakable things to get him as HC’.
Fans just want to see Auburn win but why would they want Meyer to coach the team? The leadership (and future) of Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin are being questioned after starting 6-2 but finishing 6-7 in 2021. This was Harsin’s first year at the helm of the program and Auburn’s first losing season since 2012, so fans are rightfully frustrated. Moreover, Auburn president Jay Gogue has been non-committal about Harsin and if the program were to move on from him, they would need a new head coach. Hence, the idea of Meyer possibly landing with the Tigers.
Urban Meyer didn’t win with the Jaguars but did so at the college level.
There are no reports of Meyer becoming the Tigers’ next head coach and it might be just a small fraction of Auburn fans that want him. Nevertheless, it seems like his reputation as a program builder at the collegiate level hasn’t taken a hit despite the fact that he got the boot after just 13 games in the NFL, and why would it?
Auburn fans wouldn’t care that Meyer was caught getting frisky with a woman that wasn’t his wife, or that he looked clueless and overwhelmed at the NFL level. They don’t care that the Ohio native wasn’t able to turn around the Jaguars. They want to see the Tigers win and if Meyer can help them, they would welcome him with open arms.
Keep in mind that even though Meyer wasn’t cut out for the NFL, he is one of the winningest coaches in college football history and turned Ohio State and Florida into powerhouses. He also enjoyed plenty of success at Bowling Green and Utah, so it’s not shocking to see fans from other schools wanting him to take over their teams.
At this point, it is uncertain what Meyer plans to do but it’s highly unlikely that he will get another shot in the NFL. That’s why a return to the collegiate ranks wouldn’t be unrealistic.