The only prospective candidate for the Southern California opening to issue a hard denial of interest is Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who gave a terse two-word response to questioning on Wednesday: “No chance.”

Given Meyer’s history, it may be easy to roll your eyes at the idea that the three-time national champion would remove himself from consideration for any opening, especially for one at the longtime West Coast powerhouse and Football Bowl Subdivision blueblood. Nonetheless, it’s very hard to picture Meyer stepping away from Trevor Lawrence and his nascent rebuilt with the Jaguars.

Rumors will swirl instead around a bevy of notable college coaches, potentially triggering a rippling effect of moves in every one of the FBS leagues and serving as the dominant off-field storyline of the regular season.