Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is expected to leave Austin and join new Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer’s staff. The news first came in a tweet from Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Thamel said that Ash would reunite with Meyer as a position coach.
Meyer was considered Ash’s mentor when he was an assistant at Ohio State from 2014-15.
Ash was only in Austin for one season. He was brought in by Tom Herman after the 2019 season to replace Todd Orlando, but Herman was fired two weeks ago after Texas fell short of expectations, once again. Ash was reportedly under consideration for a return to the Texas staff under Steve Sarkisian.
Ash also was under consideration for other coordinator jobs in college football,, including the Florida Gators, and he had apparently turned down an offer from Illinois.
In between his stints at Ohio State and Texas, Ash was the head coach of Rutgers, where he went 8-33 overall and 3-27 against Big Ten play from 2016-19, but was fired midway through the 2019 campaign.
His previous stops include Arkansas, Wisconsin, San Diego State and Iowa State, where he was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator in 2009.
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