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A closer look at how Khan was able to land Meyer (TU)

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  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    A closer look at how Khan was able to land Meyer
    Jaguars owner Shad Khan targeted Urban Meyer early in his process of searching for a new head coach to turn around the franchise. Julio Aguilar/Getty

    By John Reid Florida Times-Union

    JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s courtship of Urban Meyer began just more than a month after he decided to bring back Doug Marrone following a dismal 6-10 season in 2019.
    Khan acknowledged that he had admired Meyer from a distance for years because of their Big Ten connections.

    Khan is an avid supporter of the University of Illinois, his alma mater, and Meyer, of course, is the former Ohio State coach who won a national championship in 2014 and went 83-9 in seven seasons at the Columbus-based school.

    But it wasn’t until last year’s Super Bowl in Miami that Khan had his first opportunity to speak to Meyer at length and get an up-close glimpse to evaluate his passion, his knowledge, and if he had any interest at all on a return to coaching at some point in the future.
    “For me, I was really impressed, obviously,” Khan said. “The Super Bowl conversation was insightful.”

    Meyer told Khan about the time he invested in a self-imposed research project on the NFL, desiring to find out the inner makings on why some franchises are successful and why some are not.

    Meyer reached out to his former players — which includes 57 currently playing in the NFL or had recently retired — to get their take on the topic.
    As he explained his findings and the time he invested, it gave Khan a sense that Meyer was intrigued about the NFL and probably at some point would consider a return to coaching under the right situation.
    “The research was very strong. It was something that I was not surprised at the results,” Meyer said. “Because the players will tell you, players know.

    Sometimes you talk to coaches and I’m not sure they all know — I don’t know. But players are the ones that play the game and I really value the guys that I have in the NFL. And we spent, I mean, hours upon hours; I did work on this. And I spoke to Shad about that, and that was our conversation at the Super Bowl — we really had a nice conversation at the Super Bowl a year ago.”

    Khan stayed coy, never showing his hand throughout last year’s offseason and into the season. As the losses mounted, no one had a clue about Meyer.
    Khan’s first public comments about Meyer didn’t come until Jan. 4, the day he fired Marrone after four seasons. It came after reports surfaced that Meyer had been lining up a staff and telling people he’s close to in the football community that he expected to land in Jacksonville.

    The speculation had been valid enough that it led Marrone to call Khan during the weekend before coaching his final game to see if it was true.
    “He said it was news to him, and he would talk to me on Monday,” Marrone said after coaching his final game, a 28-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 3, less than 24 hours before he was fired.

    When asked what some of the specific qualifications he was looking for in a new head coach, including if the search would include any potential candidates on the collegiate level, Khan said he would lead a thorough search before he addressed the Meyer rumor.

    “Obviously, I’ve known Urban over the years through Big Ten and what have you,” Khan said. “But we have not spoken to anyone about this job or even, obviously, interviewed him. I mean, this is something — just made the decision [to dismiss Marrone.] So, you know, there is — and I’ll leave it at that.”

    Yet it was clear from the start that Meyer was the leading candidate. He was the only candidate that Khan invited for an in-person interview on his yacht. And there was never a point where Meyer was wavering to consider other NFL offers or was hesitant about returning to coaching because of his previous health issues.

    “We spent [an] incredible amount of time together,” Meyer said of Khan. “I felt like this was not only the right time for me to return to coaching but the right place in Jacksonville as well.”

    During his introductory news conference Friday, Meyer spoke about having deep conversations with his family: “They’re all in — they’re all Duval now.”
    As Khan has seen a significant spike in season-ticket deposits since Thursday’s announcement, Meyer is already working to hire his staff.

    Meyer’s input in the organization is going to be widespread.
    The keys are in his hands; his desired upgrades are expected to occur at the facility to enhance weight training and rehabilitation improvements.
    Meyer is even stressing that more pride should be given to the team’s logo.

    “When they see the Jaguar emblem, you better have ownership and you better love it. If not, it’s my job to eliminate those people from this organization and I take that very seriously,” Meyer said. “The two things I always talk about that inspire or are part of inspiration are love and ownership. I want you to own it and if you don’t want to do that then you can’t be here. Own that emblem.”

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  2. orangeblue_coop

    orangeblue_coop GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 19, 2016
    Sounds like Urbs did his homework and made a well-informed decision. We'll see what he does at the next level.
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  3. njg8tor2

    njg8tor2 All American

    Aug 30, 2020
    I wonder if part of the issue is he knows is no longer getting a top college job like USC or Texas.
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  4. 32250Gator

    32250Gator GC Hall of Fame

    Jan 4, 2013
    You serious Clark?

    USC, Texas, and 99% of other schools not named Alabama, Clemson, OSU, or Oklahoma would fire their coach today if they could land Urban.
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  5. Endless Excuses

    Endless Excuses GC Hall of Fame

    Jan 13, 2010
    Urban will love and own that $12,000,000 per year....
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  6. njg8tor2

    njg8tor2 All American

    Aug 30, 2020
    USC's President already said, no. He has too much baggage. And you just named half the top jobs.
  7. tigator2019

    tigator2019 GC Legend

    Dec 25, 2018
    In my head--- UF
    if he wanted either job he would be there
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  8. Claygator

    Claygator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2007
    "Too much baggage"?
  9. dallasgatr

    dallasgatr GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    I think you missed the Texas head coaching search a few weeks ago. It was all about Urban before he turned the Longhorns down.
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  10. crescent_beach

    crescent_beach Senior

    Sep 25, 2016
  11. Matherly87

    Matherly87 GC Hall of Fame

    Oct 3, 2016
    Ocala, FL
    Yes its getting harder and harder to carry around those three NC trophies.
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  12. robertgator

    robertgator GC Legend

    Apr 3, 2007
    Change the logo!
  13. njg8tor2

    njg8tor2 All American

    Aug 30, 2020
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  14. njg8tor2

    njg8tor2 All American

    Aug 30, 2020
    He was publically disciplined for his handling of a domestic abuse situation at Ohio State and abruptly retired at the end of the series. It's not a big issue with the football community, but in greater unversity it is.
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  15. Claygator

    Claygator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2007
    One guy at USC, a year ago. Trust me, if Urban was interested in USC, boosters would have steamrolled him and seen to it that Meyer was hired.

    Just like the boosters at UF bulldozed Bill Arnsbarger who wanted to hire Mike Archer instead of Spurrier.

    Can you imagine if that had happened? Zounds. How different Florida football history would have been.
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  16. SewaneeGator

    SewaneeGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    I read the link. It was third hand commentary from a sports blog. The writer heard from other people what they heard from the president of USC? Not quite the open and shut case against Urban as a candidate as implied.

    Texas would have hired Urban immediately had he been interested and I see no compelling reason USC wouldn't have wanted him as well.
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  17. ajjaxgator

    ajjaxgator GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 3, 2007
    Talk to the players....
    Interesting. They're the ones doing the job and implementing (or not) the coaches' vision.
    I also like what he said about "bad players", as in there are none, really. There are good players and better players and great ones, but if you're getting a regular check from the Shield, you can do the job.
    As to Shad, if Jimmy Freakin Haslem can come around and start to look merely competent, then Shad can definitely finally hit a groove.
    Just heard they fired Idzik. He had 2 yrs w/ the Jets, 12-20 then got cleaned out with Ryan. HIS guys then went 10-6 under Bowles the next yr. He assisted Caldwell in Player Evals, so he did a bang up job from 2015 til now. CLEAN HOUSE.
  18. 06GATORS08

    06GATORS08 All American

    Dec 12, 2009
    He agreed to pay him a bunch of money. There. That's my article.
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  19. DieAGator

    DieAGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Hilarious. The rest is just filler for articles and publicity. "Urban Meyer did his homework". Super.
  20. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Khan my butt. Everyone knows Machen landed him.

    Oh wait, wrong misguided Meyer hiring opinion.
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