USC fired Clay Helton on Monday afternoon, leading to immediate rumors that Urban Meyer would step down as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and take his place.
On Wednesday, Meyer finally came forward to address the claims that he was legitimately considering the Trojans job.
Only it didn’t go as planned.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed something interesting about the 57-year-old as he was fending off USC-related inquiries.
That something? His body language.
“There’s no chance,” Meyer said of leaving the Jaguars for USC. “I’m here and committed to building an organization.”
While he was saying all the right things, fans felt like Meyer’s body language told a different story.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 15, 2021
Idk man he kept his eyes down during his answer. Didn’t sound real convincing but he prolly not goin nowhere lol https://t.co/IDfjKH4PS6
— OG Slim (@Jody_McFly) September 15, 2021
He refused to look up when saying “I’m committed” https://t.co/1ipivSr1ll
— Tom (@tzo1993) September 15, 2021
The body language of someone who has definitely not had a third party reach out to someone associated with USC. Not a chance! https://t.co/IvvVCDKOM1
— Gray Hardison (@BellyoftheBeast) September 15, 2021
My man couldn’t even look up as he said it. 😂 https://t.co/rvz13dQoUd
— Mike 🏌🏻 (@NYRfan46) September 15, 2021
Meyer’s initial struggles in Jacksonville are a matter of public record at this point. There is already talk of the front office possibly considering firing him. Not only are players beginning to turn on him, but he seems to be losing support within the organization as well. And we’re only one week into his pro career at this point.
Helton went 46-24 in his time as the Trojans’ coach. USC went 1-1 under him this season, including a humiliating 42-28 loss to Stanford this week after entering the game as 18-point favorites.
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 14, 2021
Meyer, meanwhile, boasts a 187-32 collegiate coaching record over his time at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two National Championships with the Gators and one with the Buckeyes. His pedigree speaks for itself.
It’s still early days, obviously, but Meyer doesn’t seem too cut out for the pro game. He’s a college coach, and USC is a great destination. Will he leave the Jaguars for this availability? It remains to be seen. Should he? Absolutely.