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Urban Meyer Agrees To Deal To Become Jaguars Next Head Coach

Bob Mack
The Florida Times-Union File Photo
Former University of Florida Head coach Urban Meyer celebrates with Florida linebacker Brandon Siler (40) as the game ends 41-14. The Gators played the Ohio State University Buckeyes on Monday, January 8, 2007 for the BCS National Championship.

The Jaguars reached an agreement Thursday to hire Urban Meyer as their next head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, the franchise announced.  

Meyer, a three-time national champion coach, met with owner Shad Khan for a second time on Wednesday and was seen exiting a plane at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville on Thursday, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

From the start, Meyer was the Jaguars' top target. He was the only candidate granted an in-person interview with Khan on his yacht last Friday in Miami.  

''This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,'' Khan said in a statement. ''Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results.

''While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable. I'm proud to name Urban the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.''