Urban Meyer's return to TV? Former Jaguars, Ohio State coach reportedly nearing reunion with Fox

Urban Meyer is unlikely to be returning to the NFL anytime soon after a tumultuous — to say the least — stint with the Jaguars. But he could be nearing a return to one of his former employers soon.

The Athletic's Richard Deitsch reported that Fox Sports is currently negotiating with Meyer to rejoin the network as an analyst. He was one of the studio analysts at the network for its "Big Noon Kickoff" before college football for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Deitsch reported that Meyer is well-liked by Fox executives, and said the network will not hold Meyer's tenure with the Jaguars against him. Fox did not comment on The Athletic's report.

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Meyer, who was Ohio State's head coach from 2012-18, spent two seasons after Fox before he was hired by the Jaguars to become the head coach to start the 2021 campaign. He began his tenure by hiring Chris Doyle, who had been placed on leave by Iowa the previous year for directing racist language at players. It was just a day later that Doyle resigned from the position. Meyer's tenure only got worse from there.

Following a "Thursday Night Football" loss to the Bengals in September, Meyer stayed behind in Ohio to go to his restaurant, Urban Meyer's Pint House. A video emerged of him inappropriately touching a younger woman at the bar. Meyer apologized for "being a distraction" and called his actions "stupid."

It wasn't until Oct. 17 that Meyer picked up his first win, and the team still had to wait until Nov. 7 until it picked up a win in North America.

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The rest of the season for the Jaguars was chaotic, from questions about the usage of running back James Robinson and a report from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reporting that tensions were "boiling over" in the locker room. Meyer denied the report in a press conference and threatened to fire anyone who leaked information.

His stint came to an end on Dec. 16, a day after kicker Josh Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer had kicked him at practice in August. Meyer told the Times that Lambo wasn't telling the truth.

The offseason was no kinder to Meyer, as The Athletic reported that Meyer made a player cry during a meeting and was unfamiliar with stars Aaron Donald and Deebo Samuel. Meyer did not comment on the story.

Meyer later called his time with the Jaguars "the worst experience I've had in my professional lifetime."

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Edward Sutelan is a digital content producer for The Sporting News. He has previously worked for PennLive, The Cape Cod Times and The Columbus Dispatch, and is an Ohio State University graduate.