Report: Ex-Ohio State assistant expected to join Urban Meyer's staff in Jacksonville
Now that Urban Meyer is officially an NFL head coach, the time has come to assemble his staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The announcement was made on Thursday with Meyer signing on for what should be an extensive rebuild with the Jaguars. Fortunately, the team has massive cap space available and holds the top pick in April’s draft which will presumably result in the selection of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.
Shortly after the announcement, many wondered if Meyer would try and pull some of his former staff out of Columbus to join him in the NFL. Ohio State AD Gene Smith addressed that possibility and indicated that he expects the Buckeye staff to remain intact for 2021.
As of Friday, college football insider Bruce Feldman is reporting one ex-assistant under Meyer is expected to join the coach in Jacksonville. Fortunately, that assistant is Fernando Lovo who has been at Texas working under Tom Herman:
Lovo who was Tom Herman's righthand man at Houston and UT, had worked under Urban Meyer at UF and then at Ohio State as the Buckeyes Football Operations Coordinator.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 15, 2021
According to Feldman’s report, Meyer and Lovo go way back, but Lovo left the Buckeyes to go with Herman as a part of his staff in Austin. Herman was fired by Texas after the season with Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian landing the job heading into 2021.
It will be interesting to see who Meyer targets and adds to his staff as he continues his transition into the NFL.