Report: Jaguars could target Urban Meyer as next head coach; Ryan Day not interested

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly expected to part ways with head coach Doug Marrone following the conclusion of the season on Sunday, and the team may be dipping into the college pool of coaches as a potential replacement.

Specifically, Ohio State coaches.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jacksonville could target former Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer, but if Meyer chooses to stay retired, the Jaguars could instead shift their focus to current Ohio State coach Ryan Day.

However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Day has no interest in interviewing with NFL teams while Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald is.

Day, 41, has a 23-1 career record at Ohio State and just defeated a Clemson program that has appeared in four of the last five national title games in the Sugar Bowl to advance to the Buckeyes first national title game since 2014 (when Meyer was the coach).

The Buckeyes head coach is under contract at Ohio State through the 2026 season.

Meyer, on the other hand, has been "lining up a staff and telling people he expects to land in Jacksonville," per Rapoport.

The 56-year-old head coach's name has been floated out as a possibility for numerous head coaching positions at both the college and NFL level since he left Ohio State in 2018 when he retired for health reasons.

The Jaguars' job is probably the most attractive one yet to have been linked to Meyer. Jacksonville holds the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and Meyer -- who has no prior NFL coaching experience -- would likely get the chance to build around Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence as his franchise quarterback.

Of course, if the Jaguars hire Meyer, it wold also raise the question of whether or not he would take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields over Lawrence with the top pick.

Lawrence has long been held in regard as an automatic No. 1 pick and many still project him to be the better quarterback, but Meyer's connection to Ohio State will not be overlooked.

Unlike Day, Meyer has never coached Fields. He had left Ohio State prior to Fields becoming the starting quarterback, so while a connection exists, it may not necessarily be a strong enough one to persuade him choosing Fields over Lawrence.

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