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Urban Meyer has met with and apologized to his players. He’s met with and apologized to Jacksonville Jaguars club owner Shad Khan.
But he’s still got work to do because his tenure as the Jaguars head coach is off to a terrible start.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars released this statement on behalf of Khan:
The reason for the statement is Meyer stayed behind in Ohio after his team last Thursday lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.
And then, Meyer said, he went to a wedding. And as part of the partying either leading up to or after the wedding, Meyer went to some bar. And a video emerged of him sitting at a stool with some young woman grinding on him as they listened to music.
The young woman is not his wife, who was not present.
What’s the big deal?
— It’s highly irregular that a head coach doesn’t ride back from a road game with his team. Meyer didn’t return to Jacksonville with his players after they lost, 24-21 to the Bengals.
–The Jaguars are winless after four games.
–It’s hard for a head coach to occupy the moral high ground with his players, asking them to use good judgment and not get into trouble off the field, when he gets into trouble off the field.
–Also, what part of not his wife aren’t you understanding?
So what does this all mean.
Well, Meyer has succeeded in becoming an embarrassment to the Jaguars’ organization and a distraction to his team — stuff head coaches generally hope to avoid from other people in the organization.
And the fact he has to work to “regain” the “trust and respect” of his employer means he’s lost that “trust and respect” at least temporarily.
That plus a 0-4 record is not a good place for a new NFL coach, no matter how accomplished he was on the collegiate level, to be.