Urban Meyer, of course, is back. He made his return about two weeks before the start of spring practice and said after the first day of practice on March 17 that he’s back for good now.
But he’s not all the way back. Not really. Not yet. As anyone who has watched practice can attest, Meyer has done more observing than coaching this spring. This is by design. According to someone very close to the situation, Meyer made his return this spring with certain conditions and restrictions. The plan is for him to remain low-key (and stress-free) this spring and let his assistants do most of the coaching. Meyer, who is usually so hands-on, has seemed relaxed and comfortable delegating authority to his assistants. If he can turn over the punt-block team to others, which he did on the first day of practice, Meyer must be serious about scaling back, because that unit is his baby.
This is an ongoing process for Meyer, and returning this spring in a limited role is just another step in what everyone at UF (including Meyer) is hoping will lead to his full return in August, with the start of two-a-days.
Meyer is back this spring. He looks good and he says he feels good. But he’s not all the way back. Not yet.