Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan called Urban Meyer’s behavior “unforgivable” but is confident his head coach can regain the confidence of his players.
Khan released a statement on Tuesday, 72 hours after photos and videos of Meyer dancing with a young woman at a bar he owns in Columbus, OH, went viral.
“I discussed this matter with Urban,” Khan said. “The details of our conversation will be kept in confidence. What I want to say is that his behavior last weekend was unforgivable. I appreciate Urban’s repentance, which I believe is genuine. Now he has to regain our trust and respect. That requires a personal commitment from Urban to anyone who supports, represents or plays our team. I am confident he will perform.”
An award-winning NCAA coach with two national titles to his name, 57-year-old Meyer is in his first season in the NFL.
On Monday, he apologized to the team and his family. After a Thursday Night Football loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Meyer stayed in Ohio while the rest of the team flew back to Florida and went to visit family in Columbus.
“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer said Monday. “Just stupid, and so I explained everything that happened and owned it. Just stupid. I shouldn’t have put myself in a position like that.”
This isn’t the first time the former Ohio and Florida state coach has sparked controversy in his brief tenure with the Jags. In February, Meyer hired disgraced former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle to serve with the Jaguars in a similar capacity. Doyle was fired by the Hawkeyes after an investigation revealed a history of racist comments and bullying. Under heavy criticism, Doyle resigned the following day.
The Jaguars (0-4), one of only two winless teams remaining along with the Detroit Lions, will come into action on Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans (2-2) at TIAA Bank Field.