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FILE - This is a 2020 file photo showing Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team.  The Jacksonville Jaguars formally named Baalke general manager on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo)

Jags hire ex-49ers exec Baalke as GM, removing interim tag

Jan. 21, 2021 4:48 PM EST

Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke first met 16 years ago, before the San Francisco 49ers drafted quarterback Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick in 2005. Meyer was Smith's college coach at Utah, and Baalke was a western region scout for the Niners. They really got to know each other in the past two weeks in Jacksonville....

FILE - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino looks on during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Atlanta, in this Sept. 30, 2007, file photo. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted all of 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons, winning just three times before he slinked back to college in the middle of the night, leaving behind nothing more than a form letter for his abandoned players. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Column: Meyer faces tough adjustment heading to NFL Jaguars

Jan. 15, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Before the good folks in Jacksonville get too fired up about the arrival of Urban Meyer, let’s review a few cautionary tales. Like Nick Saban. And Steve Spurrier. And perhaps the biggest flop of all when it comes to college coaches going pro, Bobby Petrino. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted all of 13 games...

FILE - Florida NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer talks to reporters after practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., ahead of the BCS Championship game against Ohio State, in this Jan. 8, 2007, file photo. A person familiar with the search says Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars are working toward finalizing a deal to make him the team's next head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, because a formal agreement was not yet in place. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Meyer believes Jacksonville 'is the place' he can win in NFL

Jan. 15, 2021 3:16 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer first started thinking about the NFL about a decade ago. He was getting phone calls from team owners. He was intrigued by the notion of testing his coaching skills at football’s highest level. He was ready to make the jump. But he put it off time and time...

FILE - Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during a news conference announcing his retirement in Columbus, Ohio, in this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, file photo. A person familiar with the search says Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars are working toward finalizing a deal to make him the team's next head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, because a formal agreement was not yet in place. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL's Jaguars

Jan. 14, 2021 7:42 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Small colleges. Big-time programs. He’s been a difference maker at each stop during his storied career. He’s ready to try something new: the NFL. Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on...

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day hugs quarterback Justin Fields after their win against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. Ohio State won 49-28. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

No. 1 Alabama faces No. 3 Ohio State for CFP championship

Jan. 11, 2021 10:00 AM EST

College Football Playoff national championship: No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (7-0), Monday, 8 p.m. EST (ESPN) at Miami Gardens, Florida. Line: Alabama by 8 1/2. Series record: Alabama 3-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Crimson Tide will play for their sixth national championship under coach Nick Saban, 13th...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021, file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day reacts during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson in New Orleans. No. 3 Ohio State, which faces the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in the College Football Playoff national championship game, has undergone an offensive evolution in recent years. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Under Ryan Day, Ohio State's offense and QBs have taken off

Jan. 9, 2021 11:43 AM EST

Much has been made of Alabama’s transformation from a dynasty built on Nick Saban’s calling card lock-down defense to one powered by a prolific offense. No. 3 Ohio State, which faces the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Monday night in the national championship game, has undergone an offensive evolution...

Alabama head coach Nick Saban applauds as he watches his team play Notre Dame late in the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Saban confirms discussions about postponing title game

Jan. 7, 2021 5:02 PM EST

Alabama coach Nick Saban acknowledged there were discussions about possibly moving the national championship game back because of COVID-19 issues. The Associated Press and others have reported that Ohio State had spoken with CFP officials about possible player availability problems for the Buckeyes that could...

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) pushes away Tennessee defensive back Kenney Solomon (31) during an NCAA college football game in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Bama's Waddle back practicing, status for title game unclear

Jan. 6, 2021 5:41 PM EST

Alabama star receiver Jaylen Waddle has returned to practice. Now the question is will he be able to play in the title game Monday night against Ohio State? Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian says Waddle practiced on Tuesday, but he deferred questions on his status to coach Nick Saban, who did not...

FILE - Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks to members of the media during a post-game press conference after an NFL football game between the Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Jacksonville, Fla., in this, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, file photo. The Jaguars have fired coach Doug Marrone a little more than 12 hours after ending the season with a 15th consecutive loss. It was a move many thought owner Shad Khan should have made at the end of 2019. The Jaguars canceled Marrone’s season-ending news conference scheduled for Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved

Jan. 4, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Shad Khan has hired coaches and general managers before. He relied on a search firm the first time. He enlisted help from a consultant the second. He listened to friends, family, colleagues and even competitors along the way. Now, after nine NFL seasons and little success on the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars...

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Jaguars' Marrone bracing for change after 15th straight loss

Jan. 3, 2021 10:28 PM EST

When Doug Marrone saw a report about Urban Meyer preparing to become Jacksonville's next coach, he immediately picked up the phone and called Jaguars owner Shad Khan. “He said it was news to him and he would talk to me on Monday,” Marrone said following the team's 15th consecutive loss Sunday, a...