USC must be able to offer something other than money to pull Meyer out of retirement. The Trojans have burned through Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and perhaps Helton since Pete Carroll left. The administration is anything but steady right now. Maybe Meyer cures all that, but it’s more likely he opts to stay out of a head-to-head battle with Chip Kelly in a conference that doesn’t have as much weight as it used to. USC and Ohio State are historical rivals, too, even if that’s a big outdated.If you’re looking for a Big Ten coach that fits USC, then maybe take a look at Penn State’s James Franklin. He had to address those rumors last year. Maybe they swirl again in November if Helton is canned.Meyer retired from coaching following the 2018 season, citing health issues.The three-time national title-winning head coach is only 55, though, and many see him eventually returning to the sideline.Bender, however, doesn’t believe it’ll be at USC. Not next year, anyway. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Urban Meyer-to-USC rumors aren’t going away anytime soon, though one college football analyst doesn’t see it happening.Sporting News’ Bill Bender has released his predictions for the upcoming college football season. The list of predictions includes one about Meyer.Meyer will not be coming out of retirement to coach at USC, predicts Bender.Bender actually sees another Big Ten head coach as more of a fit.
“I’m not convinced at all that we should play this game again – here or there or anywhere – unless we can protect our fans, our band and of course, our athletes.So I’ve asked – I’ve reached out to President Wintersteen as well as President Nook at UNI because we don’t ever, I believe, play in their venue but they play in our venues. I think all three of us need to sit down and have a series of conversations with our athletic directors, with our band directors and with our campus security and safety people and say ‘how do we protect and ensure that something like what happened last weekend – eight days – doesn’t happen again?’”While it seems unlikely that Iowa and Iowa State will actually stop playing each other annually, it does appear the school is now taking what happened seriously. Perhaps the game will became a permanent Noon kickoff to keep fans in check a bit better. IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 28: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes visits with University President Bruce Harreld before the match-up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on October 28, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The fallout after an unfortunate incident between the University of Iowa band and a number of Iowa State fans following last Saturday’s rivalry game continued on Monday. Iowa president Bruce Harreld is now suggesting that he’s not “convinced” the Hawkeyes should be playing the Cyclones in football anymore.Early last week, following Iowa’s 18-17 win in Ames, Iowa announced it was opening an investigation into an incident involving the program’s band after the contest. Later in the week, the two schools issued a joint statement on the matter, pushing sportsmanship between the two sides moving forward.A few students in the Iowa band took to social media to express their disappointment with how the athletic department handled the situation. In their posts, they alleged physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Iowa State fans.As a result, Iowa reopened its investigation. Now, Monday, Harreld told The Daily Iowan that he’s not sure the two sides should play anymore.