Meyer chooses not to jump to Cincinnati

Updated: December 4, 2003, 10:20 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

When Mama called Urban Meyer, he decided not to come home.

A source close to Meyer told ESPN.com that the Utah head coach has turned down an offer to become the head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Meyer, who lettered at Cincinnati from 1982-84, is discussing a contract sweetening with Utah after leading the Utes to a 9-2 record and the Mountain West Conference championship in his first season in Salt Lake City.

Meyer, 39, came to Utah after two seasons at Bowling Green. He has a career record of 26-8 (.765). Meyer has been mentioned as a candidate at Nebraska, which fired Frank Solich on Saturday, but he has not been contacted, the source said.

Cincinnati fired Rick Minter on Monday after 10 seasons with a 53-63-1 (.457) record. The Bearcats, who went 5-7 this season and finished ninth in Conference USA (2-6), are leaving that league for the Big East, perhaps as early as next season and no later than 2005.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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