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Urban Meyer has a special message for BYU fans — for a good cause

Coach Urban Meyer conducts practice at the U of U practice facility in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday December 16, 2004.
Coach Urban Meyer conducts practice at the U of U practice facility in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday December 16, 2004.
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Ever since he left the University of Utah in 2004 after leading the Utes to great heights on the football field, Urban Meyer has long expressed public support for the team. That didn’t change this week, even when Meyer had an opportunity to change his allegiance to the BYU Cougars.

Meyer has an account set up on Cameo, a website where anyone can pay a well-known figure a pre-determined fee to say a spoken message (they’re often birthday messages or congratulations for events such as a school graduation).

Well, this week as Meyer prepares for his first game as head coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, he received a $345 fee — which he says on his Cameo account will go to fighting human trafficking — to deliver a message to Cougar fans ahead of the team’s game against Utah.

Meyer took the task, but gave it a little twist.

“Hey this is coach Urban Meyer, and this is for BYU fans everywhere,” he started, apparently on script. “I just want to say hello and let you know that BYU has always been my favorite —”

Then he veered.

“Oh, that’s not true. I just was asked to do this, so. I’m a Ute. I have great respect for the BYU Cougars. Wish y’all the very best...except for when you play Utah.”