Urban Meyer dismisses idea he didn’t know who Aaron Donald was, says he plans to return to broadcasting

Urban Meyer doesn’t want to spend too much time reliving his brief tenure as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meyer, a three-time national championship coach in the college ranks, was fired after a 2-11 start that included poor on-court play as well as off-court incidents and reports of internal turbulence.

Reports stemming from Meyer’s time in Jacksonville included that he didn’t know several star players from other teams, including three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Meyer recently dismissed the idea that he was unfamiliar with the Rams’ star defensive tackle.

“Someone told me that,” Meyer said of the report during an appearance on The Tim May Podcast. “I’ve heard silly things in my life. You shouldn’t even bring up stuff like that, it’s so silly.”

Meyer, 57, said he’s currently “into great stuff” which includes more time with his grandkids. He also said he plans to return to broadcasting, which he did between his stints at Ohio State and Jacksonville.

“I really enjoyed it,” Meyer said of his previous work as a college football studio analyst. “I plan to be back in the fall to do something like that.”

From his time in Jacksonville, Meyer said he learned “an enormous amount.” Meyer believes his dismissal was based solely on what happened on the football field.

“I think we got fired because we didn’t win enough games,” Meyer said. “In my opinion, I hear people tearing up our lineup. We had enough good players to win games. We didn’t do a good enough job. … We were 2-11, it’s terrible.”

Meyer thought the Jaguars’ Week 9 victory over the Bills would be a turning point for the team. But what followed was a five-fight losing streak that finally sealed Meyer’s fate.

“We had some really tough injuries,” Meyer said of his final weeks in Jacksonville. “Our defense was playing well, but our offense got reversed. It was hard to put your finger on it.

“You can go on, like you said, I don’t know who Aaron Donald is, or what about this. I’m shaking my head like, ‘What are you talking about?’ We just had to win more games.”

Meyer was also asked about Dwayne Haskins, his last quarterback at Ohio State, who tragically died last weekend after being hit by a vehicle on a Florida highway. Meyer said Haskins, who led Ohio State to a Rose Bowl victory in Meyer’s last game as Buckeyes coach, was his grandson’s favorite player. Meyer said he was “numbed” upon hearing the news of Haskins’ death.

“Here’s Dwayne Haskins, who was the sweetest and genuinely kind,” Meyer said. “I have a picture here of him holding my grandson. It’s [his] Ohio State’s favorite player. It is not by chance.”

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