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Mike Greenberg: ‘Urban Meyer Will Coach Again Somewhere’

Urban Meyer is back on television, but at least one nationally syndicated radio host does not expect him to stay there. Mike Greenberg said Thursday on his ESPN Radio show that he could see the FOX college football analyst as a fit at Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers became the first program of the 2022 season to fire their coach this past Sunday after they lost to Georgia Southern. Scott Frost, a Nebraska alum, amassed a 16-31 record in just over four seasons in Lincoln.

“You think a guy like Urban wants to go out the way he went out in Jacksonville? That’s one of the worst coaching stints in NFL history,” Greenberg said.

He added that Meyer is “very good” in his role on FOX, but noted that the former coach appeared on the Big Ten Network earlier this week singing the praises of Nebraska fans, calling them “one of the most unique fanbases that I’ve ever experienced.” Meyer added that he thought the Cornhuskers could make a significant bounce back with the right coach in place.

FOX was met with scrutiny and skepticism when the network announced Urban Meyer’s return to Big Noon Kickoff late on a Friday afternoon last month. Plenty of pundits said that his disastrous tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars had cost the coach his credibility. Others called him toxic in the wake of allegations detailed in a report from The Athletic. Mike Greenberg doesn’t think any of that will matter to many athletic directors.

“Do I think that a program out there would hire him? I do,” he said. “Is there a little bit of toxic surrounding Urban Meyer? Yeah, but there’s also a whole lot of desperate in the college sports landscape.”

Details of FOX’s contract with Meyer were not released when his re-hiring was announced. Leaving a broadcast role for a new coaching job would not be new though. After leaving the University of Florida, Meyer spent one year as a game analyst for ESPN before leaving for Ohio State. When he left that job, he spent two years on the Big Noon Kickoff set before taking over the Jaguars.

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