It looks like Urban Meyer is still rounding off his coaching team, trying to steal staff from rival Jim Harbaugh in the process.
Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer is making his first leap into the NFL and carefully completing his team of coaches for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While college coaches don’t usually have much success with the pros, he does have a few things like Cap Space that improve his chances. As his staff selection announcement begins, he appears to be keeping an eye on the support of longtime college football rival and Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Meyer interviews Brian Jean-Mary, Michigan linebacker coach, for a position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jean-Mary was believed to be returning to Maize and Blue next season, and he has ties to Charlie Strong, Meyer’s linebacker coach when they were still in Texas. Coincidence? May be? Maybe not.
Urban Meyer’s previous selection of trainers
After two years as head coach of the South Florida Bulls that weren’t going so well, Charlie Strong took shelter as a defensive analyst under Nick Saban’s wing last season. He is now joining his former mentor Meyer in Jacksonville as a linebacker trainer for the Jaguars.
Meyer has also named former Atlanta Falcons defensive coach and run-game coordinator Tosh Lupoi as his new defensive coach. Lupoi had also spent time with the Cleveland Browns in 2019 but is best known for his five years with Saban and Alabama from 2014 to 2018.
It sure seems like a case of a little bit of coaching rivalry at work. If Jean-Mary ends up in Meyer’s Jacksonville staff, Harbaugh will have to find a way to even out the score.
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