Urban Meyer nearing deal to become Jacksonville Jaguars next head coach, reports say

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Urban Meyer is nearing a deal to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to several media reports.

Meyer is expected to leave the broadcast booth and return to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed a health scare, the AP reported.

He won three national championships and compiled a 187-32 college coaching record during stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, ESPN reported. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons.

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Meyer would replace Doug Marrone, who was fired after losing the final 15 games in 2020.

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a 1-15 record. The team has 11 picks in the 2021 draft, including five in the top 65, the AP reported.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a lock to land in Jacksonville with the top pick and will be the centerpiece of the team’s latest rebuild.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.