Meyer: Florida is my dream job

Florida coach Urban Meyer celebrates a blocked punt by Florida during the first quarter of the Gators' 63-5 win against Kentucky on Oct. 25.

Rob C. Witzel / Staff photographer
Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:50 p.m.

Florida coach Urban Meyer sent Gator Nation spiraling into a panic last week when he said in a radio interview that Notre Dame was his "dream job" and probably always would be.

Meyer addressed his comments after practice Tuesday, and his explanation should successfully talk depressed Gator fans off the ledge.

"I'm trying to be extremely respectful for all involved," Meyer said. "I've been asked about (Notre Dame) 400 or 500 times. Our staff have given our life for Florida football for four years. We plan on giving our life to Florida football for a long, long time.

"You start hearing, I thought your dream job (was Notre Dame)'. I grew up in the north and that was my dream job, probably always will be. But that has nothing to do with this. This is my dream job. I hope to be here for a long, long time."

Meyer said he's to blame for letting Notre Dame become an issue again with his comments last week on a south Florida radio station.

"I hear that out there, and it's my fault," he said. "But this (Florida) is everything I want in a school. This is the best job in America. You don't give your life to a school like our staff has. ... we plan to do that for a long, long time."

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