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Urban Meyer hired by Jacksonville Jaguars for first NFL coaching job

Urban Meyer, who won college national championships at Florida and Ohio State but also retired twice citing family and health reasons, is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Thursday.

Meyer, 56 and venturing into the NFL for the first time, won national titles in 2006 and 2008 with the Gators and 2014 with the Buckeyes. He also was head coach at Bowling Green and Utah.

He last coached in 2018 and has been working for the Ohio State athletic department as well as being an analyst for Fox college football broadcasts. His record in 17 seasons as a head coach is 187–32. He also left coaching after Florida's 2010 season, returning in 2012.

''This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,'' owner Shad Khan said in a statement. ''Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results.


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