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Urban Meyer reportedly on Browns’ list of head coaching candidates

Cleveland’s interviews begin with former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Urban Meyer talks with former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. [MICHAEL OWEN BAKER  |  AP]
Urban Meyer talks with former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. [MICHAEL OWEN BAKER | AP]
Published Jan. 2
Updated Jan. 2

Former Florida Gators football coach Urban Meyer is being considered for the Cleveland Browns’ vacant head coaching position, according to a report by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

Does this information come from the Browns or from Meyer’s camp? It’s hard to know, but it is worth noting that Feldman also works for Fox Sports as a college football sideline reporter and Meyer is a studio analyst for FS1.

The Browns, who are looking for their 12th head coach since 1999, have not scheduled an interview with Meyer, according to Mary Kay Cabot, a long-time Browns beat writer for cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Among the first to interview will be former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who Green Bay fired in 2018.

Meyer, who guided the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008, has never coached in the NFL. Also worth watching is what role the incident that hastened his exit from Ohio State could play if he’s considered in Cleveland. Many questions remain concerning Meyer’s knowledge of former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic violence allegations.

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