Asked about the chances Urban Meyer could land at Notre Dame after Brian Kelly bolted for LSU, an ESPN reporter said she was “scarred” by the video of the Jaguars coach canoodling with a blonde at an Ohio bar earlier this season.
On ESPN’s “Get Up” on Tuesday, Mike Greenberg posed the question to college football reporter Heather Dinich as to whether Meyer could be a candidate in South Bend.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t,” Dinich said. “Urban’s made his choices, and not all of them have been great. Does he make a good coach. He won the Ohio State championship. We’ve seen some issues. We’ve seen some videos. I’m scarred by those videos.”
Paul Finebaum also did not think Meyer-to-Notre-Dame was a good idea, opining that Fighting Irish AD Jack Swarbrick is “far too smart than to make a mistake” like that.
Meyer would definitely be a problematic cultural fit for Notre Dame. Notre Dame is, at the least, outwardly, a society that exudes a high degree of virtue.
The video of the blonde girl in Columbus would suffice. However, he was also expelled from three games for failing to handle domestic assault accusations against Zach Smith, Ohio State assistant coach. Although it was difficult to keep track of the off-field problems with his Florida teams, at least 31 players were reported by The New York Times as being arrested in 2005-2010.
The Jaguars are 2-9 in Meyer’s first season in the NFL.
Meyer has won consistently at the college football league. Meyer won two national championships in Florida, one at Ohio State and combined his Utah teams with them, they were able to win more than 85 percent of their games. There could very well be a match for him at the college level should he fold on the NFL — or get fired — but Notre Dame ain’t it.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported that Meyer “has no interest in taking another college coaching job and remains committed to rebuilding the franchise.”