Urban Meyer is no longer a candidate to replace Tom Herman as Texas’ head football coach, according to two reports.
Meyer told UT officials that he wasn’t getting back into college football coaching, citing health reasons, a source told the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday night. 247Sports.com reported earlier Sunday that Meyer told Texas he was learning toward not returning to the sideline.
Texas had been pursuing Meyer since October to take over for Herman, a former Meyer assistant at Ohio State, 247Sports reported. The Longhorns are 31-18 in four seasons under Herman, including a 6-3 mark in 2020 with one game remaining. They have yet to play in the Big 12 championship game under him.
Texas officials are deciding whether to stay with Herman beyond this season, the American-Statesman reported. A source said the officials were “sorting through” their options. Herman has three years and $19.5 million in base salary remaining on his contract, and Texas would need to pay him an additional $5 million if it terminates him without cause.
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Meyer, 56, has not coached since the 2018 season, when he led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record after serving a three-game university suspension for mishandling domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith.
Ryan Day, who coached the three games that Meyer sat out, succeeded Meyer after the 2019 Rose Bowl Game.
Meyer is maintaining a high profile in college football with his work on Fox Sports’ “Big Noon Kickoff” pregame show. He’s also still a member of the Ohio State athletics program, as an associate athletics director for athletics initiatives and relations.