To live and die in LA? This is a dilemma legendary college football figure Urban Meyer may soon be facing. Last Friday, the former Ohio State coach visited Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum as part of FOX’s College Football Pregame for the Trojans matchup hosting 10th ranked Utah.
USC defeated the Utes 30-23. However, the big news out of California wasn’t surrounding the Trojans’ win or the return of controversial running-back Reggie Bush. Meyer grabbed the headlines as rumors began swirling about his potential candidacy as a head coaching replacement for the university in the event a change is made.
Current Trojans head coach Clay Helton’s job security was a hot topic during the offseason. Through the season’s first four weeks, the rumor isn’t losing any momentum. USC President Carol Fort even had to dismiss the notion she met with Meyer earlier in the week.
So, where does this all come from, and is this a potential reality for fans in Hollywood?
First, USA Today’s Dan Wolken tweeted, “that’s a big win for Clay Helton’s next job”. Then, twitter user @hitman206 replied, “And now Urban Meyer is thinking now I will have a quarterback to work with.”
Meyer’s twitter account then liked the tweet, and it is unknown whether the activity was intentional or accidental. At this point, any comment regarding the potential would strictly be speculation. Los Angeles is a place for the stars. Meyer is arguably the most successful coach of all time not named Saban. He has won frequently at every coaching stop, including three national championships (Florida: 2 , Ohio State: 1).
After 2018, Meyer retired as head coach of Ohio State citing health concerns. This isn’t the first time he has stepped away from the game, and evidence suggests it may only be a matter of time before Urban returns to the sidelines.
USC is a big-time program in need of a big-time coach. The Trojans have faltered and descended from their position as college football elite in recent years. Not since the Pete Carroll era, has the school competed for a national title. Meyer would be the ideal candidate to return the program to national prominence, while also returning star-power to the Coliseum that is sure to captivate fans as Hollywood’s next “can’t miss” blockbuster. That is certainly a ticket myself, and others will be lining up to buy.
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