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Kiszla: If Urban Meyer can’t stand heat in NFL, he should quit Jaguars and find new college coaching gig


I’m so old that I remember when it was possible to trust Urban Meyer wouldn’t duck and run at the first sign of trouble.

On a beautiful afternoon for football way back in the 1990s, Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick insisted at the end of practice that I meet a brilliant young assistant on his staff. This hot-shot position coach was 30 years old at the time. During our first chat, he looked sufficiently fit to play defensive back for the Rams, but seemed charismatic and smart enough to lead a team of his own.

This guy is destined to be a big star in the coaching profession, Lubick told me out of earshot from Meyer.

Well, Lubick got that prediction right.

Meyer won 187 games and three national championships as a college football coach before jumping to the NFL, signing early this year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite all his success, Meyer has developed a reputation as a tormented soul whose obsession with winning takes a harsh toll on his health.

Although he made Florida a powerhouse in the insanely competitive Southeastern Conference, more than 30 players were arrested during his six-year tenure with the Gators, and his departure from Gainesville left me wondering if Meyer was more concerned about his physical well-being or a damaged reputation.

Meyer loves winning more than his health. Not long after leaving the Gators, he was roaming the sideline for Ohio State.

In early 2019, Meyer retired from the stresses of coaching after leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl during a season in which he was suspended three games for mishandling allegations of spousal abuse by one of his assistant coaches.

“I believe I will not coach again,” Meyer said at the time he decided to depart Columbus.

But money speaks louder than words. Meyer can’t quit football.

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