For a moment there, it felt like Notre Dame football might eventually be gearing up for a faceoff with Urban Meyer, but that appears unlikely today.
There was a time when the rivalry between Notre Dame football and the Michigan State Spartans was almost as dependable as Notre Dame-USC, or Notre Dame Stanford. The two programs played most every year.
It’s been a while since Sparty and the Irish have faced off. 2017 as a matter of fact. However, as things stand now, the series is going to be revived, at last for one year, in 2026. And for a while, it seemed like when Notre Dame football went toe-to-toe with the Spartans, MSU would be lead by none other than Urban Meyer.
On Tuesday night, Bernie Fratto started the rumor mill swirling. He reported that there was a chance that Meyer might be hired by Michigan State.
It was certainly an exciting rumor. Notre Dame football going up against Urban Meyer in a few years? Who wouldn’t love that particular battle of the Titans. Only one problem.
It appears those Urban Meyer to Michigan State rumors aren’t true. At the very least it appears that Meyer and his people very much don’t want the general public to think they’re true.
Notre Dame football not facing off against Urban Meyer
On Wednesday morning, Bruce Feldman threw a heavy dash of cold water on anyone who believed the rumors.
"“About the ‘reports’ linking Urban Meyer to the Michigan State HC job… I just checked with him. There is zero truth to it with him being a candidate for it. He has no interest in that, and is happy with what he’s doing now at Fox Sports.”"
It’s worth pointing out that Meyer has been linked to just about every coaching job that’s opened up since he was fired from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s also turned down every one of those jobs. At the least the ones he was actually offered.
It appears for the moment that the former Ohio State coach is happy being a broadcaster. There’s almost certainly less pressure to that job.
On the one hand, it’s good that Notre Dame football isn’t going to have to compete with Meyer on the field or when recruiting. On the other hand, iron sharpens iron and it’s a bit of a shame that it appears the Spartans aren’t getting one of the greats.