Urban Meyer as Arizona State’s football coach? Dan Patrick says to “watch out” for the Sun Devils


Urban Meyer lasted less than one season as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. A national radio host mentioned that Arizona State could be a possible landing spot for the coach if he decided to return to college coaching.

ASU’s 2022 football season hasn’t even started and speculation continues to swirl around ASU football coach Herm Edwards and his job security with the Sun Devils.

Dan Patrick added fuel to the fire of speculation Wednesday when he suggested that the ASU football team could be a team to “watch” for Urban Meyer if the former Jacksonville Jaguars coach and current Fox Sports analyst decides to return in coaching. college, where he had many successes.

“I had some correspondence with my college football source. We were talking about Urban Meyer, can you see Urban Meyer getting back into coaching?” Patrick said on his show, The Dan Patrick Show. “You know what my source said? Paulie (executive producer Paul Pabst) has a thing for Nebraska.”

He continued: “The source also told me, here’s another team to watch with Urban Meyer… But let’s say Nebraska could play for Urban Meyer. Maybe. Hypothetical. Now the other school that just told me my source said. Watch this school for Urban Meyer. Anyone want to take a guess?”

After several unsuccessful guesses, Patrick said, “Arizona State.”

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Meyer has coached in college at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He has spent time as an analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports and went 2-11 as the head coach of the Jaguars in the 2021 NFL season before being fired.

He has won three All-Hellenic championships in college, but controversy has followed.

According to Bleacher Report, Meyer had 31 arrests during his time in Florida.

Ohio State placed him on leave before retiring after keeping an assistant on his coaching staff after knowing the coach had allegedly abused his wife, as detailed in an ESPN story.

His 13 games with the Jaguars were “tumultuous,” according to CBS Sports, which detailed the “disaster” of his tenure with a timeline.

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As for Erm Edwards, his football program at Arizona State is under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting allegations.

ASU football has seen five coaches leave amid the investigation, including offensive coordinator Zak Hill and recruiting coordinator Antonio Pierce, also the defensive coordinator and associate head coach.

Recruiting has suffered as the Sun Devils have brought in few recruits and many key players have entered the transfer window and found teams elsewhere.

As a result, the team is thin at certain positions as their depth has suffered.

Speculation has swirled over Edwards’ safety as manager, with many calling for his sacking.

“I think he’s on the hot seat,” Patrick said of Edwards on his show Wednesday. “I think he’s in that hot seat.”

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Herm Edwards may very well be on the hot seat at ASU, but is Urban Meyer the answer to the Sun Devils woes?

That could be an approach, at best, given Meyer’s baggage, summed up four years ago in this piece from USA Today that said “Meyer’s legacy as a coach is tainted” and “no accomplishments in stadium can never contribute to some narrative of forced redemption or erase his hypocritical attitude toward women.”

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Contact Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: Urban Meyer replaces Herm Edwards as Arizona State football coach?

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