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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer shocked the college football world Tuesday morning after announcing his intentions to retire following the 2019 Rose Bowl game against the Washington Huskies. But this is something we've heard from Meyer before after he claimed the same thing when he retired from his head coaching position at Florida in 2012.
And at the the ripe age of just 54 years old, there's a chance we still haven't seen the last of Meyer in college football. Here are the three programs that would make the best fit for a future return to head coaching for Meyer.
3. USC Trojans
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With the entire Pac-12 as weak as it was this season, a big-time program with the history, recruiting and resources of USC would be the perfect relaunching spot for Meyer, if he decides to return. Plus, the Trojans are already looking to make moves, with reports swirling about an offer to bring on former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as USC's next offensive coordinator.
2. Auburn Tigers
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Meyer finished his Ohio State career 7-0 against heated rival Michigan, and 4-0 against Wolverines' current head coach Jim Harbaugh with a statement 63-39 beatdown this season. There's no debate that Alabama's Nick Saban is the best coach in college football, but Meyer is arguably a close second. Other than Clemson's Dabo Swinney, Meyer is the only head coach to get the best of Saban in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2015. How much fun would it be if we got to see a Meyer-Saban showdown in the Iron Bowl at the end of each of season? Auburn would be the perfect place for Meyer to cement his legacy as one of the greatest college football head coaches of all-time.
1. Florida State Seminoles
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The Seminoles simply haven't been the Seminoles we know over the past two seasons. Jimbo Fisher left for greener pastures at Texas A&M at the end of last season, and first-year head coach Willie Taggart doesn't seem to be turning the program around any time soon. Florida State is the exact kind of big-money program that's devoted to winning and passionate about national contention. Meyer also knows the state of Florida pretty well from his days at the Florida Gators head coach.
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