Gamblers Cash Out on Urban Meyer Axing

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Don Shapiro
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The Jacksonville Jaguars finally decided they had had enough of Urban Meyers.  After 13 games and all but two wins, Meyer was let go by the organization Wednesday night. 

The payout for gamblers was between $175 and $300 on every $100 bet over these last two weeks.  Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was widely believed to be next on the chopping block.

"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," owner Shad Khan said in a statement released early Thursday. "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.

"In the spirit of closure and recharging our players, staff and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season."

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season and GM Trent Baalke will remain in place, Khan said.

Ultimately it was off-the-field controversies that did Meyer in.

Meyer hired a strength and conditioning coordinator who had been accused of making racist remarks and bullying Black players.  He also appeared on a video with a woman who was not his wife at a bar.  More recently, Meyer was accused of kicking a player.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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