Urban Meyer has been fired after less than a year as head coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, team owner Shad Khan said in a statement.
“After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone.” Khan said.
“I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”
Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season, the owner said.
Meyer’s exit follows a number of controversies that have dogged his tenure in Jacksonville, including a report that former kicker Josh Lambo had accused the head coach of kicking him during a practice in August.
Lambo, who was released by the team in October after missing all three of his field-goal attempts in Weeks 1-3, told the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer came up to him while he was stretching and said, “Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!”