Asked about the chances Urban Meyer could land at Notre Dame after Brian Kelly bolted for LSU, an ESPN reporter said she was “scarred” by the video of the Jaguars coach canoodling with a blonde at an Ohio bar earlier this season.
On ESPN’s “Get Up” on Tuesday, Mike Greenberg posed the question to college football reporter Heather Dinich as to whether Meyer could be a candidate in South Bend.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t,” Dinich said. “Urban’s made his choices, and not all of them have been great. Is he a good coach? Yeah, he won at Ohio State. We’ve seen some issues. We’ve seen some videos. I’m scarred by those videos.”
Paul Finebaum also did not think Meyer-to-Notre-Dame was a good idea, opining that Fighting Irish AD Jack Swarbrick is “far too smart than to make a mistake” like that.
Meyer would certainly be a questionable cultural fit at Notre Dame, which, at least outwardly, carries itself with a sense of heightened virtue.
If it were just the video with the blonde in Columbus that would be one thing, but he also was suspended three games in 2018 for mishandling domestic assault allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith at Ohio State. The off-the-field issues with his Florida teams were almost too many to count, but the New York Times reported that at least 31 of his players were arrested between 2005 and 2010.
The Jaguars are 2-9 in Meyer’s first season in the NFL.
Meyer has consistently won at the college football level. He won two national championships at Florida and one at Ohio State, and his teams at those programs, combined with Utah, combined to win over 85 percent of their games. There could very well be a match for him at the college level should he fold on the NFL — or get fired — but Notre Dame ain’t it.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported that Meyer “has no interest in taking another college coaching job and remains committed to rebuilding the franchise.”