Meyer still on the job

Urban Meyer's leave of absence is expected to begin after National signing day on Feb. 3.

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Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.

Urban Meyer's indefinite leave of absence is on hold for the moment.

The Florida football coach is playing an active role in recruiting and hiring new assistant coaches to fill out his staff.

Meyer has not gone on the road recruiting (at least not yet), but he's been working the phones talking to committed and uncommitted UF recruits over the past week.

His phone conversation with Palm Beach Dwyer's Matt Elam earlier in the week led the star safety to decommit from Florida State. Elam, who originally committed to Meyer almost a year ago, now will announce his decision at the Army All-American Game on Saturday. He's considering UF, FSU and Georgia.

Meyer has firmed up commitments from several top prospects who expressed concerns about Florida after Meyer resigned on Dec. 26, then reversed his decision a day later and accepted an indefinite leave of absence after the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.

Meyer said twice in the New Orleans that in his gut he feels he will be coaching next season. He has said the same thing to recruits, according to several prospects.

Meyer isn't just recruiting at the moment. He's also rebuilding his coaching staff in the wake of the departure of four assistants — defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, running backs coach Kenny Carter and cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford.

Meyer, with input from interim coach Steve Addazio, has hired three new assistants, and is looking to fill the final spot (defensive coordinator) in the next few days.

Meyer has also had conversations with the UF underclassmen who have decisions to make concerning the NFL Draft.

Meyer has even made a few appearances at the UF football coaches' offices this week.

Meyer's leave of absence is not expected to begin until his coaching staff is intact and recruiting is over. National signing day is Feb. 3.

For now, Meyer is still on the job. As for his role and what he'll be doing during his leave of absence, those details have not been worked out yet.

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