Urban Meyer is officially joining the NFL.
The longtime college football coach was announced on Thursday as the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. No contract details had been reported yet.
Meyer, 56, is one of the most successful college football coaches in recent history, winning three national championships – two with Florida and one with Ohio State – before he retired for health reasons in 2018.
“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.”
While Meyer has had an immensely successful college coaching career, he has never held a coaching position in the NFL before but was considered the favorite to land in Jacksonville.
“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said in a statement. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL Draft, and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive.
“I’ve analyzed the decision from every angle – the time is right in Jacksonville, and the time is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organization and our long term prospect for success.”
The Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and are poised to take highly touted quarterback from Clemson, Trevor Lawrence.
The Jaguars also have a total of five picks within the first 65 picks of the draft and $100 in cap space to spend, giving Meyer flexibility to build the team he sees fit.