Nov 10, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer stands on the sidelines during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

After weeks of rumors and reporting, Fox Sports Big Noon Kickoff analyst Urban Meyer will officially be the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Adam Schefter first reported that Meyer and the Jaguars were finalizing a deal, while also noting that Meyer was completely focused on only Jacksonville for an NFL opening. (The wisdom of which remains to be seen.)

Later, Michael Lombardi reported the deal was done, and Yahoo’s Pete Thamel also reported the deal was being finalized.

Schefter pushed back a bit on the notion the deal was already done, but it’s pretty clear where things are headed at this point.

Prior to his very well-received, possibly ratings-driving television work for Fox, Meyer obviously did a little coaching at the college level, winning national championships at Florida and Ohio State. That achievement shouldn’t be undersold; the list of coaches to do that includes just Meyer, Nick Saban, and Pop Warner. Meyer’s coaching career wasn’t without its own problems, though; he memorably left Florida citing his health and family, and then returned to coaching at Ohio State just a couple of years later.

Meyer “retired” from Ohio State, too, after the 2018 season that saw him suspended for three games to start the year for his role in the team’s response to assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic violence allegations. After leaving coaching againeyer joined Fox Sports, working as a panelist on Fox’s upstart Big Noon Kickoff pregame show.

Meyer’s skills on the broadcasts were revelatory; here was one of the biggest names in college coaching, just out of the sport, offering detailed insight in an approachable way. There were many factors involved in Fox closing the gap to ESPN’s College GameDay, but Meyer absolutely became a draw, and Fox is going to struggle to replace him with someone combining both his name recognition and his actual abilities behind the desk.

The good news for Fox: they have some time to figure that out. And hey, based on Urban’s track record, they might not have to wait long before he’s available again!

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