Now that the dust is starting to settle from Brian Kelly's departure from Notre Dame to take the LSU job, fans and media members have already tried to pinpoint the Fighting Irish's next head coach. The name with the most buzz right now is Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer.
I know what you're probably saying, if Meyer wanted to coach in college again, he would've taken the USC job. That's a very valid point, but it's not just as simple to leave a pro team without any consequences. Meyer has been linked to the Fighting Irish for years. His wife, Shelley once said that Notre Dame was one of his “dream jobs.” Now that Kelly is heading to Cajun country after coaching in South Bend for over a decade, will the Irish take a look at one of the best coaches in college football history? People sitting back and watching this unfold sure think so.
The move would make a lot of sense football-wise. Notre Dame is a tough place to recruit at, and if anyone can bring some gravitas back to the program, it would be Meyer. The one area of concern is Meyer's history. First, at Florida, Meyer's had multiple players on his teams arrested and constantly were getting into trouble off the field. He ultimately left due to a medical condition, (which some say was just an excuse) leaving the program in shambles. Lastly, his moment with a college-aged woman at an Ohio bar in just his first year in the NFL would not be a good look for a private Catholic school like Notre Dame. This is albeit if Meyer even wants the Notre Dame job. The Jaguars would have to be willing to let Meyer walk from his contract if he ever wants to jump back to college after a year. It's said that Nick Saban had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the NFL for the college game.
If the Jags were to let Meyer walk early it would actually benefit the franchise. It would allow the team to get away with not having to pay him the remaining balance on his contract.
Although the NFL isn't exactly working out in year 1, if a big-time job like Notre Dame comes calling, it may be enough for Meyer to give up on the professional ranks. Only time will tell from here as Notre Dame will be conducting a national search and will explore all options to find their next head coach.