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Report: Urban Meyer not a candidate in Miami, yet

Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, right, gets a hug from his college coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, after the Broncos defeated the Miami Dolphins 18-15 in overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)


Anyone who was watching the closing minutes of the Broncos-Dolphins game saw former Florida coach Urban Meyer standing next to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. With Ross likely to be eventually looking for a new coach and reportedly wanting a superstar, could Meyer be a candidate?

Not yet, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Salguero reports that, absent a “significant change” in the owner’s thinking, Ross won’t be firing coach Tony Sparano in the near future. Ross reportedly left the country on business after the overtime loss to the Broncos.

The Ross-Meyer meeting on the sidelines was a coincidence, Salguero explains. Ross had come to the sideline near the end of the game in the (ultimately dashed) hopes of celebrating with the team in the locker room. That’s where Ross and Meyer came across each other -- and that’s where cameras caught the pair standing side by side, for at least several minutes.

Even if Ross moves on Sparano before the end of the season, Meyer likely wouldn’t be a candidate to come on board until 2012. Even then, it’s unknown whether Meyer, who left Florida twice due to health reasons, would be interested in the 24/7/365 grind of being an NFL head coach.