Urban Meyer and Nebraska football had “no contact” in the Huskers’ coaching search, and the FOX Sports analyst is expected to remain with the network, according to a report Sunday by Pete Thamel. Meyer, 58, is not expected to pursue coaching opportunities.
“Source: There’s been no contact between Nebraska and Urban Meyer,” Thamel wrote on Twitter. “He’s expected to remain at FOX and not pursue coaching opportunities.”
Meyer returned to FOX after the 2021 NFL season, when he coached the Jacksonville Jaguars but was fired after going 2-11 in 13 games. Prior to that, he spent two college football seasons on television after leaving Ohio State.
Nebraska fired Scott Frost last Sunday. A report Saturday by Dennis Dodd said that the Huskers contacted Meyer while continuing to determine candidates.
On site at Memorial Stadium Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Huskers’ eventual 49-14 loss to Oklahoma, Meyer was asked to break down the job from an analyst’s perspective.
“I’ve been telling you guys all week, this is the most unique place in college football,” Meyer said on Big Noon Kickoff, as Nebraska fans chanted, “We want Urban.”
“The fanbase is unbelievable. Regardless of the score, regardless of their record, they’re here. One time I came and got in a golf cart and drove around just to see the fanbase. You’re going to see it today. Before you get an identity, you have to go back. I’m not sure people realize, Nebraska was the epicenter of player development.
“In 1969, they hired the first strength coach in college football history. After that hire, they changed college football and for 33 straight years, they won nine or more games. This has to go back to the epicenter of player development.”
Earlier this week, Meyer joined the Big Ten Network and weighed in on what the program should do after canning Frost follows the 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern.
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“Well, Dave (Revsine), you’re right — especially for the older people who grew up in the Tom Osborne era, where they were the Alabama college football,” Meyer said. “And they had great players, high draft picks, couldn’t stop the black shirts on defense. You know, the corridor between the Southwest Conference, Big Eight, the Big 12 that corridor of football between Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Nebraska, in my early adult life, that was the best football in the country. National champions, Heisman Trophy winners and you just see some of this happening right now. First of all, the breakup of Oklahoma, Texas leaving, Arkansas not in that conference anymore and then a school like Nebraska that’s having its recent struggles.
“So you know that they had an identity in Texas recruiting and California recruiting and when they made the move the Big Ten, you’re now playing teams, obviously in the Midwest and East Coast and the families in Texas and families in California, you really don’t have that much interest because you don’t get to see your kids play. I know they’ve had success in New Jersey before but, you know the recruiting footprint of Nebraska really has to be identified and evaluated.”