Urban Meyer farewell forum

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I have to admit, I did not see this one coming. Urban Meyer’s sudden resignation Wednesday stunned me just as much as his announcement did the day after Christmas a year ago. Obviously, this time Meyer is not coming back. His decision has been made, and it is final. After the Outback Bowl, he will never coach the Gators again.
Had Meyer done this late in the season, I would not have been that surprised. I wondered throughout the year if his heart was really in this like it’s been in the past. But after the loss to FSU, I saw that Meyer fire return in his post-game news conference. He was adamant about returning the program to elite status. But that fire is out now.
I thought this blog would be a good chance for our readers to comment on the shocking news, and about the wonderful career Meyer has had at Florida. Of course, feel free to offer ideas on who the next coach will be (I think it will be Dan Mullen).
So, I turn it over to you:

294 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you coach Meyer. On a further note to Jeremy Foley the next coach is critical. If you pull a dumb stunt and hire Adazzio you will run off your entire fan base. That man is SINGLE HANDILY responsible for the season we just encountered. Your next paycheck will depend on that I can guarantee you.

  2. Urban Meyer steps down for the second time in two years. By the way he coached this year it was obvious he should have never come back. He had a great run at UF, but his heart wasn’t in it any more. Our university and our team deserve a coach that will put 100% into the job, and Meyer was no longer that person. I wish he and his family good luck. Thanks for two National Championships and showing us that it doesn’t take years and years to turn around the football program at UF.

  3. Urban, you will be missed by all Gators. You not only brought us national and SEC titles, you brought us back up after three years in the wilderness with Zook. Good luck in your future. As they say, when you have your health, you have everything.

    As for the new HC, it’s either going to be Stoops or Mullen.

  4. This doesnt feel right, i dont care who we hire next it doesnt matter the way this whole thing has gone down has a very shady feel to it. i dont want stoops, i dont want mullen, dont want Harbaugh, i want Urban to man up and “build this thing up” like he said he was going to!!!

  5. Family and health are the top priorities. He has the money he needs for the rest of his life. We have been lucky to have him at Florida and he’ll be missed, but now the focus turns to the next chapter of this football program. Will it be Mullen? Will it be Strong? Will it be Harbaugh? Either way, Foley will make a good decision and Gator football will rebound next year. Go Gators!

  6. I would suggest Mullen, Peterson or Leach. Charlie Strong while a good defensive coach does not have enough experience for a job opening like this. It is not a matter of black or white it is EXPERIENCE, FIRE, DRIVE that makes up the core virtues of your next hire.

  7. We need someone who wants to be at Florida, and not because of the money. As for Urban, he has shown his true colors, its easy to coach when you are winning, but it takes a real man and a real coach to make it through the tough times

  8. Agree his heart was in it, and I have always wondered if he was just here this year to finish up some contractual agreements to avoid penalities. IN looking to the future…we have to get that “big name”…..I am all for a run at Gruden, or even making a serious run at Stoops again.

  9. Loved the winning, yet hated all the arrests and the fact that these players were never really punished accordingly. Mr. Bob Stoops, Mr. Charlie Strong, or Mr. John Gruden, please come to UF to continue the winning yet stop the off-the-field nonsense.

  10. My little corner of Gator Nation is very thankful for Meyer and all he has done for the University. He will forever be a Gator. I wish him nothing but the best.

    As for the next coach: When is the Gator plane headed to Stillwater? I’d love to see Dana Holgorsen pushing the button with the level of talent we have here. I respect Dan Mullen, but would prefer he stay in Starkville.

  11. Its unfortunate to see him go out after a season like this but he brought it upon himself. He did great things for gator nation but his integrity is brought into question. I would love to see the return of either Charlie Strong or Dan Mullen. The removal of Addazio is a must as well.

  12. What this program needs is tough-ass coaches, and it’s obvious that Urban isn’t tough at all. He doesn’t bounce back from crushing defeats (last year’s SEC title game) or disappointing seasons, he just walks away. Hopefully this means an end to having a Florida football player getting arrested every couple months or so.

  13. An elite coach and ambassador for my alma mater. Thanks for all you did for Gator Nation, Urban.

    Brian Schottenheimer and Dan Mullen are great choices. Same with Harbaugh and Gruden. Pro-style offenses are more sustainable over the long-term, and so Schottenheimer is my choice.

  14. Thank you, Urban! Thank you for bringing such tremendous quality, pride and a sense of tradition to our beloved UF. Your priorities and fundamentals about family and education were always obvious and very much admired by Gator Nation. You truly took this school – as well as its athletic program – to the highest level. We wish you and your family nothing but the best, and we will miss you very much – you will always have a special place at UF!
    The Gator Nation

  15. It’s great to win, and UF has done that. The man put together a winning program. And he coached one of the greatest college players of all time. I hate to say it, but it ends there. There’s nothing else “endearing” about Coach Meyer.

    This program was fractured when he left one year ago. This is probably a better thing for UF, in the long run.

  16. People quit saying Peterson this guy has dont NOTHING, he has no ties to this program nor this state, he could not recruit they way we would need him to. CHRIS PETERSON IS NOT GOING TO BE A COACH AT FLORIDA, EVER!!!

  17. Adios Coach. Thank you for everything you have done, we will always love and miss you. We welcome you with open arms Coach Mullen. The sooner you come a board the better. Lock up these recruits and get rocking.

  18. Urban.. Thank you for bringing this program to the elite level it is… The Gator Nation owes a debt to you for bringing us to the pinnacle of college football… As for who’s next… A certain Monday Night Football analyst anyone? I know John Gruden turned down Miami but he at least went and talked to them. This job is completely different than Miami… The UF athletic department will give Gruden whatever he wants with free reign to hire and fire assistants and operate as he sees fit… It would be an incredible homerun for us

  19. thanks for all the fun times Urban, Shelly and kids!
    Thanks for being a Gator and great member of our community.
    You will be missed; hope to see you around The Swamp in the future.
    Go Gators!

    Foley will do what is right.

  20. We MUST get Chris Peterson at all cost! He has proven he can coach with the best of them and he would love to come here. We already have a group who will begin petitioning for Peterson, the next Gator coach who will take us all the way to the top!

  21. Thanks Urban, you did a great job!!!! Now lets go get Peterson from Boise State or Harbaugh from Stanford, no Mullin, no Strong. Think what Peterson would do with Florida’s talent. Also, do it quick for the recruiting battle. GO GATORS

  22. I’m sad to see him go, but not shocked after last year’s stunning “resignation”. The offense was inept this year, because they tried to make Brantley into a spread offense QB (and he clearly is not). My hat is off to Urban if he really is going to just retire and spend time with his family. Clearly, he has made enough money this decade to where paying the bills should not be an issue. A big “thank you” for all he has done to elevate the Gator football program to elite status!

  23. Congratulations Coach Meyer on all of your success here at UF.

    I thought this was coming all year, until just last week. The way things happened at the end of last season made me think UF asked Meyer to stay to help keep recruits here, and then give them time to find a quality replacement once this season was over. However since the FSU game, as Robbie wrote, there was a different feel, and I thought the next big announcement would be the departure of Adazzio. The next head coach hire will be crucial. When Spurrier left, programs like FSU and Miami were beginning to decline, allowing both Zook and Meyer to make great headway into pools of talent around the state. But now FSU is back, and Miami may be too depending on who they hire. The next UF coach needs to be a good recruiter, but we can’t get “just” a good recruiter like we did with Zook. It will be hard to fill Meyer’s shoes, no doubt about that.

  24. You had to this coming …..Meyer had lost something this season. I expect Foley has known since last year Meyer would leave. He did great for the Gators and he obviously needs to get out of the pressure cooker. My choices ……Spurrier…..Stoops….Mullen….Kerwin Bell…Strong…Gruden…whittingham….Mularkey

  25. As much as I have loved Meyer and appreciate everything he has done for the University I love, I can’t help but to be upset about this whole ordeal. Not just because of the terrible performance on the field but because of the stubbornness shown by Meyer to not make real changes and about him bailing on promises of rebuilding and recruiting his “butt off,” all just to quit on the team a week later.

    Then again, if he is not up to the task anymore, maybe it is better for him to step down. I just hope he takes Addazio with him.

    I would be happy with any of these coaches:
    Mullen, Strong, Stoops, Petterson, Chip Kelly.

  26. Thanks Urban, we hardly knew ye. Hope you get healthy. I can’t imagine the kind of stress you were under. We alums are a demanding bunch. That being said, Dan Mullen would be a great hire. What about Kerwin Bell? Are the shoes too big? Great to have a Gator who is orange and blue through and through.

  27. Grace and peace to the Meyer family. I think Coach Meyer realized this past season that he is an all or nothing guy. To put in the time it was going to take to rebuild this program was a sacrifice he wasn’t prepared to make. It’s nice to see someone put family first. Now let’s send him off in style with a win on Jan. 1!

  28. I saw this coming. I could tell by watching Meyer that he just was not the same this season.

    I think the Gators next football coach will be Dan Mullen; Jon Gruden or Steve Spurrier would be long shots. Whoever the coach is, I suspect he has already been contacted and a preliminary deal struck.

    Unless Meyer pulls a Brett Favre, but I don’t think he will

  29. I think they forced urban to fire Adazzio, he said no and they told him to help each other move. IMO. I say bring Dan Mullen back but he said some pretty shitty things after the game about Florida…i don’t know if that will happen. How about Chizik..didn’t they say he played at Florida?….HAHAHAHAHA. Stoops can’t win the big game. Leach runs a completely different kind of offense. I like Strong but he hasn’t proven himself as head coach. I’m thinking Mullen. Look what he did with Miss. State in 2 years….with the talent he had.

  30. Let’s hire someone good WITH some Gator history – MIKE MULARKEY !!!!!, offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. He is a former NFL player and head coach, and his Falcons are tearing it up in the NFL. I want some O back in Offense. I do not want Mullen. Did not like the O when he was here, other than he had tremendous talent.

  31. Thank you Urban Meyer!! You have done a great job at UF. All good things come to a end. We will miss you and wish you well. Now is the time to move forward finding the best coach Mullen, Spurrier Strong needs more experience. But we will come together as a stronger and better football program.

  32. Robbie,

    Anyone who is surprised by this news haven’t been paying attention to this year. It was only too painfully obvious that this year’s team was being coached by committee w/ Meyer only peripherally involved.

    To Coach Meyer: Good luck and best wishes to you and your families future. You always did right by the Gators and will always be a truly great Gator in my eyes.

  33. Coach Meyer, thanks for all you did for the community as well as our football program. I wish you and your family all the best. You will always be a Gator in my eyes (unless you return to coaching at UGA or UT).

  34. I never thought Meyer coming back last year was a good idea after changing his mind – its impossible to get “it” back – see Billy Donavon and his success after changing his mind. My vote for head coach is Charlie Strong – say what you will but defense wins championships – then I would bring in Kerwin Bell to take complete control of the offense. Just my $.02

  35. Clearly, something was wrong this year and despite my liking the guy, that something was Urban Meyer. Whether it was an offense that did not fit the personnel or poor game preparation, it led to a 7-5 season. Gator Nation thanks Coach Meyer for the two National Titles he lead us to and wishes him well in the future.

  36. All good things must come to an end…Thank you coach Meyer for all your hard work and passion that you gave to the University of Florida. You will be missed dearly, but you will always have a home in Gainesville.
    Next head coach needs to be a Meyer guy to help maintain our current success. That being said, I want Charlie Strong, and if I were Foley I would have already made the call. My #2 would be Paul Chryst OC at Wisconsin (Watch that team play offense). I believe in Foley, but this has to be a quick decision or we will suffer more next year

  37. It is tough to win without Tebow. We can now all see that Urban is on the same level as other coaches. In this case, the player made the coach. Maybe we could get Lane Kiffin! He likes leaving jobs after one year.

  38. Thanks for the memories, Coach Meyer. Best of luck to you and your family. My vote for the next head coach would either be Dan Mullen or Mike Leach. Mullen was actually calling the plays when the Gators won the last two National Championships. He’s younger and has more fire in him. I like Mike Leach because he’s crazy and loves to throw the ball around. Let’s get the new coach, whoever he is, in before the bowl game. We need it to secure what’s left of the next recruiting class.

  39. So sad to hear this. I have loved having Coach Meyer as the coach of our Gators. He has been a wonderful, inspiring, passionate coach. Kind of thought this might happen, but have been hoping not. I wish Coach Meyer and his family all the best in the future. Hope he will stick around Gainesville and continue to be a part of the Gator Nation.

  40. Coach Meyer, what a run we had!!! Thanks for all the passion and hard work you poured into the UF football program. May God bless you as you and your family re-connect and see what the future holds for you. Go Gators!! Beat Penn State!!

  41. I am a Gator Alumni, a huge Gator fan, and at times a Gator apologist. I can say that I was very happy with the Urban Meyer era, but the fact remains….. when the times got tough…. he left. TWICE! I say, have a nice life, thanks for the memories…. but if you don’t have the desire or character to stick through the tough times…. good riddance.

  42. The fire was out at the SEC game last year. Got to hand it to him for bringing in two National Titles and SEC. Could never warm up to him; don’t have a lot of respect for a coach who will not visit his fan base/booster clubs. Choices? Spurrier would be nice..good luck with that; Stoops would be good, but he’s entrenched; Gruden, no way, parties too and bad example for student athletes. Strong, Mullen? Maybe. Foley..pleasantly surprise us.

  43. Thank you for 2 National Championships and all the traditions. You will be greatly missed by Gator Nation. I hope you will be replaced by a coach with your drive and passion for the game. Good luck in the future.

  44. Coach Meyer,

    Thanks for everything you did at Florida! You will always be remembered as a great coach here! God bless you and your family!

    And for the next coach, My vote is for Chris Petersen form Boise also. Those Broncos remind me of the gators from the 1990’s when we used to launched tha ball down field and score big!!!

    GO GATORS!!!

  45. Some of these comments are ridiculous. Urban Meyer has been a brilliant coach and ambassador for UF and UF football. True Gator fans give warm thanks and wish only the best for him and his family. I really believe that Charlie Strong is the man for the job next. He is a defensive mastermind (and defense wins championships folks) and brings a swagger that our team was definitely missing this year. He has the recruiting connections and UF pedigree. Most importantly – he will keep this recruiting class together and perhaps improve.

  46. Good Luck Meyer!
    Bring back Kerwin Bell. He has 10 wins and no scholarship players, imagine what he could do with UF’s talent. Hire, Danny Wuerffel has your offensive cordinator and James Bates as your defensive cordinator. Now, thats a coaching staff!

  47. Best wishes to Coach Meyer and his entire family. Thank you for so many great Gator memories. People who have never coached will never understand just what it takes and just how much it takes from your family year after year. Now, go enjoy your time with them. I say it is well deserved!

  48. Good Luck Urban! I never liked Dan Mullen very much. However, Mullen did a great job with 2 and 3 star athletes. Imagine what he would be able to do with 4 and 5 star athletes. Chip Kelly would be great also.

  49. As a former gator athlete I am sad to see Urban leave regarding, the current state of the program. But I am happy with the kind of standard he set for our institution. I am ashamed at the things I have read from others regarding Meyer and the fact that he should be pushed out. I hope those that wanted to see him go remember that since Florida started playing football, UF has won 3 national championship and had 3 heisman trophies. In Urban Meyers 6 seasons at Florida he has won two national championships and 1 heisman. Go find someone with those credentials to fill his shoes and take the constant abuse by our fans…. GO GATORS and good luck to Urban and his future endeavors!!!!!

  50. Thanks for all you have done for the Gator Nation. Hopefully you will still be a part of our program in some capacity. Best wishes to you and your family. As for new coach possibilities, these names come to mind – Dan Mullen, Charlie Strong, Chip Kelly, Kerwin Bell. JUST NOT ADDAZIO.

  51. I suspect the hope this year was to disengage a little for stress purposes…obviously that did not work. All we can say is thanks for perhaps the finest 5 year run we could have hoped for (this year sucked!). Obviously coaching here is a big deal with lots of pressure, so the next guy needs to produce and have thick skin. Experience matters and college experience is more important than pro…I like Stoops, Spurrier, Harbaugh, and the TCU guy…

  52. It was apparent that his heart was not in coaching this year. He let it go at the beginning of the season and his ragtag group of assistants stumbled to a mediocre or less season. A job like UF needs an energetic and committed person. Some can cope some cannot. I am sure he earned his money and will live comfortably. I wish him and his family well and hope and pray that we do not lose too much recruiting traction.

  53. I respect any man who lives true to his priorities. His family is a higher priority than football and that’s the way it should be. He has sacrificed time with them for 25 years, and I honor him for making this tough decision. I think he realized that Gator Nation is better off with a coach who is willing/able to give 110%, than with 75% of Urban Meyer. we love you coach! Enjoy your retirement, your family, and the fruits of your labor!

  54. I am afraid Coach Meyer reconsidered his resignation last year for the wrong reasons. He did it for his staff and not for the good of the program. I think he has realized that not going “full speed” at your job with all your heart wasn’t good enough and resulted in a 7-5 season and three straight losses both low points for the coach.
    Whomever the next head ball coach is, I’m sure Jeremy Foley will have a lot of talented candidates who will be anxious to carry on where you left off after the 2009 season. I trust him to hire someone to get the job done in the future.
    Thanks Coach Meyer for five great seasons! The farewell tour has been forgettable. By recruiting Tim Tebow to UF you both have raised the program to be without peer! Thanks for being man enough to step aside now.
    Go Gators!!

  55. 65-15 with 2 NC”s? You go ahead and do whatever you need to do. Get healthy. Family first, Gators second. Thanks for every thing you’ve done for my alma mater, Coach Meyer. You are as fiery a competitor as I’ve ever seen.

  56. Urban just proved to the rest of the SEC what we all thought. Once Tebow left, he is just another coach, nothig special. My wife could have coached the Gators when Tebow was there. Kinda like Cam at Auburn. Meyer could not cut the mustard in the tough SEC and knew he better get out before another bad season gets him next year. He has left UF in a mess.

  57. As hard as it is for me to accept, Urban Meyer approached coaching far more intense than anyone I have ever seen! I think that in 5 years he had 3 each 13-1 seasons and I think you just cant continue that intensity…
    He gave us a great 5 years!!!! To win like this in the SEC takes its toll so we may have to lower the expectations or Reload every 5 years!!!
    Thank You Urban and Shelly….You gave us a great ride..
    its been alot of fun….
    Go Gators
    Bob in Jupiter…Gator ticket holder, Alum and Gator Booster.

  58. I will miss Urby and All the memories. Truth be told it was time. He would not cut ties w/ Addazio and as I’ve predicted if he doesn’t then he wouldn’t be here much longer. There had to be some type of dissagreement for him to up and resign after comments about rebuilding the program and recruiting their tush off. He event reiterated that he would be back on multiple occasions. This is Florida and Foley and Co. have been doing this long enough to know when to step in when it’s time and make suggestions. Meyers arrogance got in the way of him continueing HIS and FLORIDAS legacy together. Tough A@@ coaches know when to cut ties with his coaching staff when their not getting the job done. Luv Ya Urby. P.S. Dan would be great considering what he left at Florida and what he brings to the table. Besides all recruits would stay put including Driskel and Blakely.

  59. I think Foley should seriously consider Troy Calhoun the Air Force Academy coach. He is young and he wins right away with guys who are not nearly as physically stong or athletically gifted as the great athletes Florida is able to recruit. Just think what he could do with some of the best college athletes in the country.

  60. I have to admit Urban provided SEC and National Championships, for that we all should be geatful. Now that you are gone, there is no time to play around!! Peterson (TCU), Peterson (Boise State), Don Mullen, in my opinion the 3 best choices for the gator Nation. Mr. Foley, please get out the check book and put the Gator Nation back on the map, time to kick butt and take names…. if not, you can go too!!!! By the way Ex Coach Myer, PLEASE TAKE ADOZZIO WITH YOU!!!
    As for you GA. dogs, you can keep Richt, still can’t bet ’em GATORS!!!
    Raybo Gator

  61. Not cool.

    Are we finally going to fire Addazio?

    Anyway I’m a huge Meyer fan. I’m more dissapointed/sad then anything else.

    I’m guessing he’s burnt out, which happens to everyone. I just wish it didn’t mean we had to move on

    🙁

    Sad day to be a gator.

  62. If this is what it took to get rid of Adazzio, then let it be. Thanks, Coach Meyer. You did what no coach before you ever did. Get better. Enjoy your family. Here’s hoping Foley learned from the Zook disaster. Jeremy should be on his way to Idaho tonight!

  63. would love to see
    spurrier coach alll the talen the Gators have but don’t think he would accept even if asked…Schottonheimer came to Florida knowing he wouldn’t play much. He just wanted to learn from Spurrier…He is a good choice along with Mullen

  64. Thanks for the service Coach Meyer. He is one of the greatest coaches in his short career.

    As for replacing Meyer, hopefully it comes soon but isn’t Daz, Mullen or Zook 😀

    Ok St OC, Coach Strong, Or take a look at Bell are all things I think our AD should do. But after the Zook issue and now with Meyer quitting-coming back-quiting I think Foley has a lot more experience to add to his solid AD work already.

  65. Everyone Lets first pause and take a deep breath……..Good now just keep in mind that this happens in the football profession .Coaches get burned out, football programs start winning and expectations get rediculous. I stick to my first comments. Urban is truly a loyal guy which is a great attribute to have just not in dealing w/ business and this is business not personal. He did the right thing for stepping aside because there are more important things to life other than pleasing us GATOR fans sadly to say because I’m one of them and have been since birth. I too will miss him and his family. Florida Football will be O.K. and Urban Meyer put us in position to carry out a standard and legacy. Now lets do it and Get Mullen Back to further it.

  66. I’d try my hardest for someone like gruden or stoops. Though mullen and strong did well in the system, someone else was a part of the staff with them… Addazio. I dont see either strong or mullen being able to have the heart to get rid of him, and steve gone is a must. But whatever thats just my opinion. Thanks Urban for the great years, you will be missed.

  67. When Kerwin Bell took over as the head football coach at Jacksonville University, he began changing the culture in the program – preaching that his teams would compete for championships.

    After a rough 3-8 campaign his first season, Bell led the Dolphins on a Cinderella run to the school’s first Pioneer Football League title in 2008 and a 9-4 record – setting new marks for the most wins in program history and longestwinning streak (7).

    For his efforts, Bell was named PFL “Coach of the Year” and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award which goes to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision each season.

    THIS SEASON THEY ARE 10-1. I THINK IT SHOULD BE A NO BRAINER. HE IS AN ALUM AND WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO COACH THE GATORS.

    SIGN HIM UP NOW.

  68. I thank coach Meyer for all that he had done for our university and wish him well. I must say that I think this is a combination of last year and this year. With all the stuff every week last year I can see how that would take a tole on anyone. I do hope that he will stay around the university in some capacity as he is a class guy. Thanks I think the best person to replace him is Charley. He know the program and knows how to deal with the type of athlet that comes to UF. I also understand that he has recruted an excellent coaching staff.

  69. Thank you Urban for all your hard work here at Florida. You will definitely be missed but this year could see that you weren’t yourself.
    I really hope that we can get Jon Gruden for our next Head Coach. I don’t think that stoops would come because of the previous NO THANKS from him in the past.

  70. Move aside Gator Nation…..obviously getting pummeled by FSU was to much for Urban. He is all about Urban and his two time departure clearly shows this. When will Steve be back?? Get ready for the big decline “nation”….and the next 10 years of FSU in your face like 2 weeks ago.

  71. He, should have left last year . If you watched any game this year you could tell he was not coaching , it was for show. Get us a coach that will win and build a great program. Get Gruden in . Meyer was great but he is ready to retire.

  72. To Urban Meyer – Thank you for all you’ve done for Gator Nation; the wins, the championships, the recruits, and the leadership. You will be missed.

    To Jeremy Foley – in you we trust…go get Kerwin Bell.

  73. Thanks for the memories Coach Meyer. Please take Adazzio with you. I say the next Coach should have strong Gator ties. Gene Chizik is the dark horse in my book. He’s a Florida alumnus and is losing his former Gator QB the day after the National Championship game (not to mention his senior O-Line). If not Chizik, then there’s always that guy who kinda named the SWAMP. Come on home Ol’ Ball Coach. Finish what you started. As far as exit strategy. Spurrier, Jr. How-do-you-do? GO GATORS!

  74. Kerwin Bell? While I admire the guy for what he is done at JU – he will not cause the excitement and keep the recruits. If he were to coach at a Div 1AA school or something – maybe, but he is not the guy to maintain us in the elite ranks. At least not yet. Gruden – he is having too much fun and making good money at ESPN. Charlie is not going to leave the school that just gave him a chance and Mullen can be king of Mississippi with what he has done at MSU. The new coach does not have to have Gator ties – Meyer didn’t. Go after hottest young Division I coach out there.

  75. Thank you coach Meyer! You have given your heart and soul to this program and brought it to historic heights in both sucess on the field and recognition around the country. I wish you had been able to go out on a better note than 7-5, but your legacy will be one of a champion at Florida. Can’t wait to see your name in the Ring of Honor! Thanks for the memories and Go Gators! Once a Gator always a Gator!

  76. This is the best job in college. Are the folks asking for Mullen the same ones that complained when he was running the offense because the Gators were “only” scoring 50 a game?

    The assistants will be key, as always.

    It won’t be Stoops. No Peterson. No Gruden. And, if Petrino even gets considered, I will have chest pains!

    Go get the right guy, Jeremy!

  77. Thanks Urby ! I know you regret having let Gator Nation down, but most of all for letting these young men down and they and we were able to see right through what you were doing all season. Good luck and health to you and family in the future. As for new coach, do not consider ANY prior coach who has left UF for greener pastures. Let them nurture they own plots; if needed, we can buy them new lawnmowers but they must stay away from our field. Stay away from quitters like Gruden & others. Go for proven coaches like Holtz, Petersen, Harbaugh, K. Bell, Patterson, C. Kelly. What a Christmas present !

  78. When Urban took over I was in my Senior year at UF. I immediately noticed a drastic change on campus. He is the reason so many of us now sing the Alma Mater loud and clear. He WAS a great coach. I thank him for all he has done for UF and wish him and his family nothing but health and happiness and God’s blessings.

    I personally think Mullen steps in. However, I can see Strong, Malzhan (sp?), Petersen, Gruden, Stoops, Kelly, and Patterson getting some serious consideration.

    I’d like to see Petersen, Mullen, or Strong personally. Petersen has shown a consistent level of achievement at Boise with inferior athletes competing against major programs on the big stage. Anyone remember what happened the last time a hot shot coach from a non-AQ was hired by Florida after leading his team to BCS bowls and successive 12-0 and 11-1 seasons? 2005…Urban Meyer…plus, Petersen already has Orange and Blue all over, so the transition would not be too difficult. I just pray that Foley puts it together right and I can enjoy watching our Gators handle LSWho, GA, UT, and the Nollies year after year again…

  79. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Coach Urban Meyer. You had an amazing six-year run and true Gator fans will always remember and appreciate that.

    As for the next coach, Dan Mullen should be the first and only name on the list. Sorry to disappoint the people in Starkville, but UF can offer Mullen much more than MSU can. More money, more prestige, better recruting — and at the moment, the SEC East looks a lot easier to win than the SEC West!!

    Mullen has done a great job with the talent he had at MSU; and if he’d been able to convince Cam Newton to play there, they might have been in the mix for a national title. But overall, they aren’t going to be able to get the talent year-in, year-out to be at the top of the polls.

    I think some conversations with Mullen have already likely taken place, which is why Urban is announcing this now. Don’t be surprised if Mullen is hired in the next week or so; coaches MSU in the Gator Bowl, and then moves back to Gainesville.

  80. Thanks for keeping Florida at the pinnacle of the elite football programs in this country. Best of luck to you and your entire family.

    Now for you Jeremy Foley you have one task only and you must perform it in this order:
    1. Chip Kelly
    2. Garry Patterson
    3. Dan Mullen
    Do not let money cloud your assignment. This the University of Floridas where we expect only the best.

  81. THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! not shocked THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! We wish you the best THANK YOU COACH MEYER! you and your family will always be part of the Gator Nation THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! you look tired and broken, please get healthy and don’t let the selfish and very spoiled fans taint the love and respect most of us at UF have for you and your family THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! Please suggest a coach currently outside the program THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER! THANK YOU COACH MEYER!

  82. Thanks, Urban, for all of your hard work and dedication. It takes a man to know what the true priorities are in life, and tending to your family is more important than UF wins (and I am a very proud Gator). Enjoy life — and put in a good word for Mullen or Strong. They are quality men.

  83. I think that it’s a good thing that Urban is resigning. The only things I’m worried about is that Steve Addazio will become the head coach, or Urban changes his mind. So that’s what I think about the Gators.

    By Gus, age 8

  84. Harbaugh would be amazing, but it’s the wrong style, and he loves
    Stanford. His alma mater, michigan, couldn’t get him, so neither can florida. Get Chip Kelly. Absoluely perfect fit. Oregon has mediocre talent at best, what could he do with Florida talent? Probably just what Urban did! Can’t get him? Get Dan Mullen.

    I’m not sure Urban’s success wasn’t based on recruiting abilities and one seriously amazing staff of assistants for those two championships.

    Time to find a new head coach that has a staff of talented underlings.

  85. Thank you for all the amazing memories Coach Meyer! You brought us the greatest stretch in Florida football history! To all you nah sayers, get over your entitled selves and realize most of you couldn’t coach a peewee team out of a paper bag. Letss get Mullen or Peterson and get this thing back on track! And I agree that Addazio has got to go and he should take Austin with him!

  86. Sad to see the rigors of a job drive someone from what they are so great at doing! Thanks for the incredible memories Urban just wish you hadn’t made us endure your “second thoughts” this season. Let’s bring on someone dynamic and a little more long term thinking..I’m for Harbaugh love to see his smash mouth, light em up, passionate style in the swamp.

  87. AAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As if this entire season has not been stressful and heartbreaking enough !!! I’m sorry, I’ll wish him the best at a later date …. Today I AM PISSED AND FRUSTRATED !!!! I need some freakin stability and my Gators have offered nothing of the sort this year and this is a fitting and humble cap to it all …. Please Gator Gods , blow those clouds away and shine down upon us once again REAL SOON !!! That’s all I have to say about that ~

  88. Thank you for all you’ve done for the GatorNation, Urb. You’re a class act and winner. That’s how we will remember you. Best wishes.

    Foley, you’ve always done a great job of finding great coaches… time to work your magic!

  89. Best of Luck Coach Meyer. You are to be respected to choose your family over money and your career. As a mother there is nothing I enjoy more than watching my son play travel ball and seeing his dad coach him and the relationship that they are developing during this time. Urban Meyer deserves the chance to do that with his family. So, Gator fans show the guy the respect he deserves for the wonderful memories he created for all of us. Go Gators!

  90. Open the money purse and go get Wll Muschamp from under Texas!!!!!! Now is the time 5-7…go get him!!!!!!! True leadership is best demostrated with how someone deals with adversity…Farewell Urban Meyer. Now it is revealed who was the real leader on those championship teams…when he graduated so did the leadership. You can say it was your family if you want but if Tebow had been here this season and was coming back next…would we be having this forum…no.

  91. After thi year’s App State game, Urban Meyer said ” i don’t know about anyone else, but the Head Coach is coming back next year”. No one asked him, he just said it. LOOK AT THE TAPE!!! Now what changed between that game and now? 2 weeks. Well South Carolina and FSU. What happened last year before he quit the first time. Alabama. This is not about family. Sorry.

  92. During the last part of this decade, Urban Meyer returned the Gators to the elite level we enjoyed under Steve Spurrier in the 1990s. And we just thank him so much for his great effort and dedication. However, he has somewhat left our football program in a shambles. It’s going to take awhile to get back to where we were and we are going to need a coach who is in it for the long haul. Although, does it not excite the imagination to visualize what Steve Spurrier could do with our new and returning quarterbacks!?!

  93. Other coaches seem to take the stress for years and do not quit, not even once. This aint about family. He’s had that same family for years.

    At least (maybe) Addazio is gone.
    I do not blindly trust Foley, remember Ron Zook?

    Skip Holtz!

  94. You are our best coach ever! Two national champs in 6 years. Some people could not even dream that. We love you Urban. You have the heart of champions!. You care for the people and your family too. Take care of yourself and your family first. Gators will be champions again. Foley is our best AD. He will bring more champions! Gruden, Harbough, Mullen in that order…

    Go Gators.

  95. Can’t believe the negative comments from a few spoiled fans at a time like this. It is obvious Urban wasn’t himself since last Dec., but he did his best to make it work, and won us TWO OUT OF OUR THREE national champiionships, for cryin’ out loud!
    Thank you a million times, Urban, for giving yourself, and in many ways, your lovely family as well to our beloved program. May you always be blessed in all that you do.
    There are a bunch of good candidates out there. Yes, Mullen is one. So is Harbaugh, Kelly, Peterson, Patterson, maybe a couple others. Foley will make the right choice. Go Gators

  96. Mullen could work out but I think a lot of fans are thinking his success will be automatic, which i have some doubts about.

    My Top Replacements List

    1. Chris Petersen
    2. Bob Stoops
    3. Dan Mullen
    4. Kevin Summerlin
    5. Jim Harbaugh
    6. John Gruden
    7. Bobby Petrino
    8. Gary Paterson
    9. Kyle Whittingham
    10. Charlie Strong

  97. Going on principles…Different emotions and the pressure I am sure that brings winning two National Titles. Coach Meyer just wish you had been honest with your thoughts last year. Thank you for what you did do. Bring on Coach Mullen!!!

  98. urby turned out to b just a flash in the pan and mainly all because of tim… go on take the money and run and have a nice life and thanks 4 the 2 nc’s and being smart enuf to get tim to uf and turn him loose but i lose all respect for someone who just talks crap like im gonna rebuild this thing right and im comin back and then quits a week or so later citing family obligations and leaving the team in a mess.. should have quit last year and saved us a year of garbage. hopefully foley gets a macho man coach this time and not some touch feely drama queen… do not hire spurrier or strong or mullen, go for some new blood like the boise coach the auburn coach or mike leach…go gators

  99. I agree with Steve. Using this opportunity to bash Urban is lacking in class, especially cosidering what he did for our program. Thanks Urban! Wish you could go out with a National Championship, but you will always be loved by the Gator Nation.

    Now, let’s get another great coach, preferably one that likes to throw and lightens up a bit on all the faith talk.

  100. Tim Tebow had a profound effect on Coach Meyer. I saw it up close and personal for 4 years. As coach said, it was not a complicated decision. I believe his heartfelt priorities simply changed from Football, Family, God…to God, Family, Football. Thank you Coach!Go Gators!

  101. Man, some Gator fans can be such idiots. IDIOTS! For 4 out of the past 5 years Florida has been the envy of every other college football program in the nation. Why? Two BCS National Championships, 2 SEC Championships, 3 SEC East titles, and a Heisman trophy won by arguably the greatest college football player ever. And who was the man in charge of all this? Urban Freaking Meyer! If you are on this board wishing Urban Meyer good riddance and you actually earned a degree from UF…send it back. Your intelligence level is an insult to the Berkeley of the South.

    Thank you, Urban, for making 2006-2009 an unforgettable era for Florida fans. You will always be my fourth favorite Gator behind Tebow, Danny, and the Ole’ Ball Coach. I am grateful for what you’ve done for my alma mater.

    And to those of you who are talking about That School Out West being “back”…let’s see them win 6 straight against their arch rival and start competing for national championships…then I’ll submit to you that they’re “back.”

  102. I appreciate all of what Urban has done at UF. Two NC’s and a BCS bowl win in just two years. However, I realized this year that with no good OC, we are adequate at best. Tim was able to mask the majority of our problems last year until the SEC championship game. But when Tim left, I realized that Urban did not bring much to the table other than two amazing coordinators. The lack of growth and development of the freshman on this team has disgusted me. With one of the best recruiting classes on paper in history, we played a small amount of them. With a 7-5 team, more than a few freshman from the “Greatest Class Ever” should be playing. This season has just disgusted me and do not tell me that I am not a Gator Fan as I am a diehard. Peterson from Boise would be a good replacement as he develops three-star players into playmakers. Mullen would also be great as he would minimize the recruiting losses and I think we would see a return to the 06 and 08 teams. Remember that Urban coached Special Teams. Not offense. Not defense. Special Teams. The lack of good coordinators has been obvious. We need to get our mind off of Urban and face the future without him. I say thank you to him for the great years, but i lost a ton of respect for him by him coming out and saying that we need to recruit and that he will correct this, but then he jumps up and leaves. Good Coaches can and will get their teams out of slumps. Too bad we couldnt see whether Urban could have or couldn’t have.

  103. Thanks Urban for all you have done.
    Especially the 41-14 victory over OSU!
    (One of the best nights in my life since I live in Columbus.)

    Now bring back the legend, the man who lives and breathes Gator!
    The greatest Gator of them all.

    Steve Spuurier!

    Come home “Ball Coach” we need you.

  104. Thank you Urban for six years of exciting dreams. I hope you enjoy life with your great family and are always a GATOR in your heart.
    I hope your allegiance to the man you made OC was not your downfall but I believe this path was started by the hard rush on the LSU fake field goal.
    I can not think of anyone more qualified to interview prospective coaches than Foley. He will get a winner. Bet on it.

  105. Thanks for the great memories over the past six years Urban Meyer!! You really brought a lot of new traditions on game day like the gator walk and players singing the alma mater and fight song. God bless you and your family and if you get into coaching again go to a team that is not in our conference or some team whwre you have to coach against the Gators!! I think Jeremy Foley should hire Kerwin Bell> I don’t like Dan Mullens because of the way he acted and what he sayed after he beat the Gators this year!! Go Gators and beat Penn State and send out Urban Meyer and the Seniors as winners!!

  106. Hire Kerwin Bell now and let him coach tne bowl game. Urban needs to be home with his family. We are gator nation and we need a coach with gator ties to fix this mess the great Urban Meyer left us in. All he is going to do is become the next Notre Dame coach can’t wait to kick their butts.

  107. How can any of you people be calling for Dan Mullen??? Who wants to watch this offensive offense for one more down, let alone another generation? I can’t stomach it. Urban, thank you SO very much for your hard work the first five years and the TWO National Titles. but I am not sorry to see you go coach. Please take this offense with you. Foley, PLEASE hire someone that will bring in a vertical passing attack!!!

  108. Just want to wish Urban and his family all the best in the coming years. He gave all Gators a sense of pride and many great moments to remember, as well as developing some truly outstanding young men. He will always be remembered as a great Gator ball coach. I trust Jeremy Foley with evaluating the many coaching options with care and foresight. I think that Dan Mullen would be a surefire safe bet, given his ties to UF, the spread offense, and the SEC “landscape”. Jon Gruden, Bob Stoops, and Bobby Petrino may have too lucrative positions to be really viable candidates. Anyways, best to Urban and Family and Go Gators!

  109. Wow! I found out around 10:00 pm, ET about Coach Meyer’s resignation. My computer has been moving at a snail’s pace today, and I haven’t listened to TV or radio all day; a rarity. I gather Urban resigned sometime before 2:30 pm..
    I was looking forward to seeing him “right the ship” next year. I thought for sure he’d stay (at least) one more year to accomplish that!
    I miss him already.
    Once a Gator, always a Gator!
    IGTBAG! (It’s Great To Be A Gator!)
    Ciao

  110. Chris Peterson sounds exciting, but I’m also extremely impressed with Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh and Wisconsin’s Coach (both “boring,” grown-up pro-styles)!
    Of course, Dan Mullen as well!
    Gosh, I remember there were a slew of excellent Coaches available last year!
    This “down” year might actually make for a somewhat more tenable situation for the next Coach. This slight, momentary lowering of the bar mutes the stark, bright contrast of Meyer’s prior brilliance. At least early on.
    Beware, also, of the Utah connection.
    Let the sweepstakes begin!!!
    IGTBAG!
    Ciao
    PS: Good luck, Urban! We love you.
    PPS: I predict Urban Meyer will return to coaching within 6 years as HC at Notre Dame.

  111. What has he done for Gators lately?

    Respectfully, props for all he accomplished and contributed to the program…. but He had 3 years to design a game around Brantley. If 09 was the result of his planning, he should go away! It was painful to pay to watch this year. Foley should have fired him at halftime of the FSU game.

    I hope he surfaces at Notre Dame…talk about a walking heart attach looking for a place to happen!

    Later

  112. Thanks for the memories Urban & staff it was quite a run, enjoy your family while there young, they grow up quick. I hope we get a coach as creative as you were and cares about the players as you did. GO GATORS

  113. Thank you coach Meyer, its been great watching the resurrection of Gator Nation over the time you were at the helm.

    To Shelley, Nikki, Gigi, and Nate….
    thanks for being so supportive and understanding with all the demands and sacrifices that went along with the job your husband/father had. We here on the “outside” can loose site of that. In light of all the success, we often times fail to realize what it takes to get there. I know we, in the media, focus in on the effort the young men and the coaches put into it ALL YEAR round from spring to winter back to spring. But lost in that is the ones that are most impacted by the grueling demands and that’s the coaches families. So again I want to say thanks….its been GREAT!

    All we can do as fans of Florida football and the University of Florida is appreciate the fact that you, and the assistant coaches and the young men that came through this program have most definitely left it in a better position that what you found it in.

    Its GREAT to be a FLORIDA GATOR!

    God Speed!

  114. Well, everybody can quit calling each other names, now. Meyer is gone and (one hopes) Addazzio is too.
    Here’s my prediction for next year: Brantley transfers, we loose 1/3 of the guys committed in the 2011 class, at least 3 Ju-Co players arrive.
    All your thinking on offense just evaporated, maybe on D, too as Austin may not survive the coming chaos. The only silver lining in all this is Miami is in worse shape. Jimbo will out recruit us this year, at least. Beware Skip Holtz: He will get better players this year, too. Ever heard of UCF? We might hear that a little, too. We are lucky the SEC East is as terrible as it is, this is a good time (if there ever is one) to get dope slapped by a quitting head coach.
    All you recruits reading this: This is an indication of how much we care at UF and will stop at nothing to see you will be the best coached, best conditioned college football player in Florida, the best college football state in the land. Grab your chance to play for the mighty Gators now, it will be a heck of a ride!
    GO GATORS!

  115. @Jack: My man! Good to see you are still around and paying attention. Are we in for some great UF/FSU battles, or what?
    We’ll find somebody to coach against Jimbo. Jack, I respect you, but if you conclude FSU is better than UF after Ponder leaves and as measured by a weak ACC, you have made a mistake!

  116. I’m sorry, I just don’t trust Urban. I didn’t trust him last December when he quit due to his health. I don’t trust him when he said he’s quitting for family. His family will ALWAYS be there. I smell a rat. I think all Gators were QUIT on yesterday…

  117. Those of you who criticized Coach Meyer are either fans of other schools or part of the small, idiot crowd that will make it difficult to keep a good coach at UF very long! If you can’t see what Meyer did for our program, you are not a real fan! He lead the Gators to 2 NC’s and numerous other titles! Sold the program to Tim Tebow, who in turn made UF a household name, across the US! Coach, those of us who really matter, the majority of Gator Nation appreciate you and everything you have done!

    Thank you to Coach Meyer’s family! They, so graciously, gave a large part of him to this school! I know it’s been difficult to sit by and hear all the criticism, but, remember, it is a small group of whiners and not Gator Nation!

    Best wishes and I hope you and Shelly consider this your home for many years!

    As for a new coach – let it be Mullen! How could we not want more of what Meyer has given to us! Peterson could be in the mixed, but, Stoops, Kelly, Harbaugh, et al, are not coming to UF and I doubt Charlie Strong would, at this point! So, let’s be realistic and go for Mullen!

  118. You want Fire, inspiration and Dedication. Call Tebow. He has had college and pro experience. You know he is Gator all the way. He could recruit better than all the guys you all suggest. He is a student of the game and he could make it work. Plus he has God on his team. Coach Timmy sounds good to me.

  119. I think coach realized he was in an untenable situation.
    ~
    After this year, he realized he would have to go back to the way he had coached the team up until this year, micromanaging details.
    ~
    However, he had made a commitment to spend more time with his family.
    ~
    There simply weren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the year, to be both the kind of coach and the kind of dad he wanted to be.
    ~
    Further, he was stuck with a really bad coaching staff. Other than Chuck Heater, and maybe Azzani, this staff ranged from mediocre to terrible. He would have needed to clean house, starting with his old friend Steve. They’ve been together since Notre Dame, and have been good friends all that time.
    ~
    If Mullen comes back, maybe he can bring some of the top quality coaches he stole from us. Frankly, his staff was a lot better than ours, if he brought several with him, that would be great.

  120. This is what happens when you get in the way of Jimbo Fisher. Jimbo knocked off two in his first year, rivals at that. I wonder who has the nerve to coach against him.
    by Jack
    ——————————————
    More like the shame of losing to such a putz was more than they could live with.

  121. All you people wanting John Gruden better remember one thing he is an NFL coach he is not a college coach. Totally different mindsets, college coaches plan and scheme to win. NFL coaches plan ans scheme not to lose.
    In other words college coaches understand they need to keep piling on the points because in college more teams can “come back” unlike the NFL.
    In the NFL the coaches believe a field goal is a big enough lead to win a game relying on defense. Need proof? Look at Pittsburgh and all the games they lose because of an NFL coach.

  122. I’m one of the few FSU fans who never had a problem with him. I’ve taken the beat downs and moved on and never blamed refs or anything. But now I’m disappointed with him because I think he’s doing his recruits an injustice—he’s showing his true colors. I know Florida fans want to can their coach after one bad season—so I’m sure Gainesville is celebrating today—but I know these kids he recruited were committing to him, a proven champion. But now he’s bailing on them after one mediocre season. Dadgummit may have been borderline delusional in those last few seasons, but he did show some staying power. Meyer just bails when everything is in disarray. His evoking family matters and health concerns as motivating factors I don’t believe—Meyer is out of Zook recruits and Timmy Tebows. He shined at Utah and BG and did well with the Zook infusions and Timmy, but now he’s been tested. Either way, he had a great run. It looks like some UF fans can remember this, but others on here are showcasing their short memories.
    To give you a FSU fan’s perspective, I’m worried about two possible replacements: Peterson and Strong. Strong could pipeline the talent out of Miami and Peterson is just a good coach. Peterson scares me more. I think Foley will get Mullen, though, so I’m not too worried.

  123. FSU fans are crackin me up. You guys beat us this year when we were at our worst in 20 years. It would have been the biggest embaresment you ever suffered if this fumbling and bumbiling gator team would have found a way to win. Dont get above your rasin. We have owned you for several years and a fluke year or two wont change that. I dont understand everyone calling for Mullen. Unless you just love the dive play that much. I want fresh young blood that wants to shake things up.

  124. Urban built a dynasty and did it the right way. You don’t replace a legend, you just have someone else come in and keep the momentum rolling that Urban and his crew created. Spurrier pulled us out of the dumps and showed UF they could win…we had a speed bump with Zook then Meyer took us to the stratosphere! I hope Urban’s health is ok and props to him for valuing family first!

    My vote is for Dan Mullen…it’d be a smooth transition offensively and let him bring in whomever he wants to coach with him. He can’t replace Meyer, but he DOES have a Plan to Win, and is a great person. You hear players speak of Mullen and they say one thing….that Mullen is more than a coach to them. Mullen, like Urban, cares about these kids like a son first, and like a top-flight athlete second! He learned it from his mentor, urban, and that’s how it’s supposed to be done

    Gator Nation will go on…Gator Nation will be strong!

  125. Dan:

    Forgotten about the nineties so soon? Even in your one championship year with Spurrier, we beat you! I think in the nineties we beat you five straight years. Just trace back far enough and you’ll see how great the rivalry is. And, oh, quit making excuses for losing this year. You have more talent on that team than anyone in the country. You lost. Deal with it. I’m not even rubbing it in–you brought it up. I’ve been talking about the coaching transition.

    Jack the Jew

  126. Thank you Urban, for pulling our program out of Zooker hell and leading us to the promise land… twice. Thank you for bringing the swagger back. Thank you for crushing our rivals, year after year. Thank you for honoring old traditions and instilling new ones. Thank you for bringing Tebow and the rest of the 06/07 classes. And thank you for not pulling a Kiffin but, instead, leaving with the same class you brought to this program.
    Listening to the radio, it made me sick to hear guys like Lamm and Bianchi tell the Gator Nation that Urban was never one of us, he was cold and calculating and didn’t really embrace the Gator Nation. Bull Crap! He wasn’t from Florida, but he studied our traditions and he always emphasized the importance of the fans, the rivals, and the traditions of Gator Nation. How easy we forget what life was like after Spurrier. Shame on you haters, The Gator Nation doesn’t need you!

  127. Jack I kind of expected to hear from you when all the news came out. you are a typical Nole who considers A four loss season and beating a down Gator team some type of accomplishment. if that’s the standard you guys have I can not wait to see you guys next year in the swamp. Like Tebow, Ponders gone and your next in line is garbage. Whom ever the coach is you can bet there will be a huge emphasis on the State game. So get ready!!!!

  128. As for all these different coaches that everyone keeps throwing out there. The most suitable and qualified for the Florida football team and it’s rivalries, the history of Florida football and the type of athletes that Florida has on board… which are Freshman and Sophmores. We are not top heavy on upperclassmen so you have to get someone who compliments what we have including the recruits on board who are suited for the spread Offense. Thus enters Dan Mullen. We don’t have the time to be trying to re-invent this thing .Dan knows what’s expected hand and has been more than succesfull doing so. Urban has no championships without him. HELLO!!! Go Gators!!!

  129. Good riddance Urban and take Addazio with you. You brought notoriety and success to UF in the same fashion Jimmy Johnson, et al did for Miami. Your classless behavior following the FSU loss brought shame and embarassment to the Gator Nation. Your press conference comments following App State and FSU games are as hollow as your excuse for quitting. You are as incoherent as Zook without the genuine respect Zook had for the institution. Fellow Gator fans who believe you quit for family are naive and it is another example of your classlessness by invoking that excuse. Obviously you were given an ultimatum regarding Addazio and you chose to quit instead of firing your buddy; you were loyal, arrogant and stubborn to a fault. The same Gator fans – ie Bull Gators – that drove Spurrier out of town for his arrogance are the same ones that gave you the ultimatum because of your arrogance. Your lack of leadership in the void of real senior leadership – see Pouncey reverse psychology backfiring, Rainey prima donna remark – lost this year’s team before the first down was played. You ought to give half your money to Tebow. Foley – Mularkey, Kerwin, and, it sounds sacrilegous, Terry Bowden should be on your short list. Machen – you stay out of it, we don’t need any more Utes and your disrespect toward the agriculture industry, which built that stadium and many of UF’s world class education facilities not to mention shoring up this state’s floundering papier mache economy, should have ended your reign.

  130. AM I the only gator fan who don’t won’t Dan Mullen. The fans practically ran him out of town two years ago. And now you are going to bring him back because of one good year at MSU. I been right all year long on my predictions and my prediction of Dan Mullen is he will feel the heat from gator fans if he has 4 to 5 yr loses. I can hear now : Why JF hire him he knew he was unproven. JF needs to hire someone proven. Not a Urban clone that might not work. He needs to excite the fanbase. I don’t see Mullen doing it. The same ones calling for his hire will be the same one in 3 yrs calling for him to be fire. WATCH IT HAPPEN. If I was Dan I stay at MSU where 4 to 5 loses don’t bother them. Here he’ll be tarred and feathered. GET JOHN GRUDEN or the TCU coach. BSU coach,or even BOB STOOPS. NOT DAN MULLEN. A huge mistake. Go GATORS

  131. @Kevin….. I’ll keep my degree and my opinion…. nice that people come on blogs and call others idiots. Man get a life….. Urban did great things, did I enjoy them, yep…. but don’t preach that someone is the greatest thing ever, when they came back for a “lame year” without heart, and then leave. He can do what he wants, but if he is not in it, then good riddance. Appreciate the memories… but move on and well he did….

  132. You wont hear me making excuses. From the begining of the season I saw (like everyone else) serious problems. Thats not an excuse thats facts. We played like crap the entire year. Like I said, it was our worst year in 20 years. I dont think many here will say they expected us to win that game. I understand that it had been soo long since you had a win, that you treated it like a huge acomplishment but come on man, did you watch us play?

  133. Thank You Urban for the some of the best days in Gator Nation history! If you devoted everything you had to this program, obviously other things fall to the back burner. Thank You also for realizing now is the time, and you were no longer the person to rebuild this program, and thanks for trying one more time. Of course we wish you had you had nothing better to do for the next 30 years than help us win games, but your a better man for knowing where your priorities need to lie. I for one wish you, and your family the very best of luck in the future.
    Has anybody mentioned Kyle Whittingham? He has kept Utah going pretty strong since Urban left.

  134. I recommend that UCF’s George O’Leary should be the next head coach of the Gators!!!! O’Leary is in his 60’s but he’d be easier to convince to become the new Gators head coach instead of some younger coach. He just recently guided UCF to a Conference USA championship and a top 25 ranking. He also guided UCF to a Conference USA championship in 2007. While O’Leary is most famous for the scandal which happened at Nortre Dame, he was successful as head coach at Georgia Tech. Make George O’Leary the next head football coach of the Florida Gators!!!!!!!!

  135. Personally, I am extremely disappointed with how Meyer has handled the whole situation beginning last season and in particular LAST December…With the TALENT we had last year, we should have won both the SEC and National Championships, and Tebow should have won his 2nd Heisman with a different OC…It appears that we don’t have the whole story here, as to why Meyer is walking out…I mean is he just NOW figuring out how being a Head College Football Coach takes a significant committment and toll on both family and personal life?…To my prior observation, I believe that after a failed attempt to”manage” the team instead of coach it, Meyer was faced with ‘cleaning house’ with the current OC and a several other assistants, and simply wasn’t up to the task…I appreciate Meyer for EVERYTHING he accomplished at UF, but don’t appreciate how he has handled things from 2009 up until now…We need a Coach at Florida that simply wantts to be here…I mean, even though he was clearly inept, Zook at least WANTED to be here, and new the price that was required to do so…Bring back Spurrier!…THE Head Ball Coach, and THE HEAD GATOR deserves to finish his career where his heart will always be, and no doubt, WOULD get the job done!

  136. I trust Foley to find the right guy, but dear God let him be an offensive innovator with a verticle passing game. As much as Urban won at Florida, I have to admit that the only season I enjoyed watching us play was 2008. Every other year, including and especially 2006, were painful to watch with every important game being a nail-biter because we seemingly had an offense designed to score “just enough”. A win/lose record is obviously the main criterion for success, but as a fan I want to enjoy watching us play and I largely haven’t under Urban Meyer. Sports are also entertainment, afterall. What’s wrong with having a great defense AND scoring 50 points a game?

  137. Thank you Coach Meyer, you helped THE MIGHTY GATORS reach
    heights we could only dream of in your (relatively) short time at the
    helm. A nice parting gift would have been firing that moron Addazio,
    on your way out the door, but I am almost certain with you leaving
    there is very little chance of him staying. THANK GOD!!!

    I really hope that Jeremy Foley gives due consideration and hearing
    to Kerwin Bell. Bring back the “Throwin’ Mayoan” !!

  138. Urban Meyer is a liar. I do not wish him the best. He is using his family as an excuse and will be coaching somewhere else in 2-3 years. As Robbie Andreu pointed out, Meyer has been seen at numerous of his daughters high school volleyball games and yet he gets up there in front of everyone at the press conference and says that he has never seen either one of his girls play a high school volleyball game. I thought he would have the balls and heart to fix this thing before he left. Screw him…

  139. I remember when SOS was here and we could be down a couple of touchdowns and I wouldnt even get rattled. Next thing you know, we are up by 7 and driving again. I have never felt that confident since. I know the sec has changed alot since then, but wouldnt it be nice to have other teams scared to come to town again? Lets bring in a new face that is HUNGRY to win and will bring excitement with him. Lets get someone with some new ideas. And lets make him promise to not call the dive play for at least one season…..NO MULLEN PLEASE!

  140. Some Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER vs. STEVE SPURRIER (COMPARISON STATS.) – [Pt. 1] —
    Now that Urban Meyer has completed six full seasons (save the Bowl game) – effectively the halfway point relative to Steve Spurrier’s twelve seasons – this might be a good time to compare his performance to said standard bearer –
    >>> Meyer’s 6-year overall winning percentage (W%) at UF (incl. Bowls) is presently 81.01% (64-15, as of 11/28/10; after the “Joke at Doak”). If he wins the upcoming Bowl game, his WP will be 81.25% (if he loses, it will be 80.00%).
    His SEC W% is 75.00% (36-12).
    >>> Spurrier’s 12-year overall W% at UF (incl. Bowls) was 81.67% (122-27-1) – [First six years=82.00% (61-13-1), final six years=81.33% (61-14); his one tie was the infamous “Choke at Doak”].
    His SEC W% was 87.23% (82-12) – [1st 6 yrs.=89.13% (41-5), final 6 yrs.=85.42% (41-7)]!
    >>> Playing one less game per season than is played now, Spurrier never won less than 9 games; [Meyer already has].
    >>> Spurrier is one of only two major college Coaches to have won 10+ games six consecutive years (again, playing 1 less gm./yr.).
    >>> He averaged 10.21 wins/yr.; [Meyer, playing one extra game/yr.compared to the Spurrier era, will be averaging 10.83 wins/yr. if he wins the upcoming Bowl game, 10.67 if he loses].
    >>> With the exception of Spurrier’s very first WEEK as the Gators’ new Head Coach, he was never ranked outside the Top 25 at any point; [Meyer already has been].
    >>> Spurrier never finished any season ranked outside of the Top 15; [Meyer has been 3 times (3X)].
    >>> He finished ranked in the Top-Ten 10 times (5X/1st 6 yrs. & 5X/2nd 6 yrs.); [Meyer: 3X].
    >>> He had 6 Top-Five rankings (2X/1st 6 yrs. & 4X/2nd 6 yrs.); [Meyer: 3X].
    >>> Had 3 Top-Three rankings (1X/1st 6 yrs. & 2X/2nd 6 yrs.); [Meyer: 3X].
    >>> He appeared in two consecutive National Championships (in his 6th and 7th seasons), losing the first and winning the second; [Meyer: two for two (2nd & 4th seasons)!].
    >>> Spurrier’s overall composite “AP” and “Coaches” polls’ end-of-season average rank is 6.65; [Meyer’s is 9.59]; (again, splitting Spurrier’s 12 year tenure into 1st and 2nd six-year “halves,” his corresponding ranks would be 7.00 and 6.33, respectively). Note: The Coaches Poll did not rank the Gators in 1990 due to Probation.
    >>> Eliminating the highest and lowest end-of-season ranks (the extremes), Spurrier’s overall composite average would improve slightly to 6.58; [Meyer’s even more-so to 8.13]; (Spurrier’s corresponding 1st & 2nd “half” ranks would be 7.29 and 6.00, respectively).
    >>> Spurrier’s record in SEC Championship GAMES is 5-2 (3-1 and 2-1 in his two respective “halves”); [Meyer’s is 2-1]. Note: Spurrier’s Gators also had the best SEC records in each of his first two seasons (’90, ’91) before there ever was a championship game, officially winning the SEC in ’91, but not in ’90 due to probation, thus raising his unofficial total to 7 SEC “bests” (1st & 2nd six-year “halves:” 5-1 & 2-1), and his official SEC Championship record to 6-2 (4-1 & 2-1 in said respective “halves”).
    >>> Both had one undefeated Regular Season in their first six years, but while Meyer only had one undefeated SEC Schedule in his first six years, Spurrier had two undefeated SEC Schedules in his first “half,” and another in his second.
    >>> Spurrier never finished below 2nd Place in the SEC East Division; [Meyer already has,… once (3rd)].
    >>> He won SEC Coach of the Year 5 times, and once since with S.Car.; [Meyer has none].
    SOMEONE suggested that the SEC was easier back in the Spurrier era, especially early on. The disparity in their respective SEC winning percentages (Spurrier=87.23%, Meyer=75.00%) may bear that out. Even so, Meyer has already outperformed Spurrier in one of Gator Nation’s perennial primary goals: defeating our Eastern Division rivals GA and TN, along with in-State rival FSU, in the same season. Spurrier only accomplished that twice, whereas Meyer has already done it four times. The reason was because of Spurrier’s abysmal record against FSU (4-7-1); (0-5-1 at Doak). Bowden was his “thorn in the flesh!” [or, a “thorn in his side”).
    [Meyer also bested Spurrier’s record in our other in-State rivalry against Miami with a 1-0, 0-1 advantage].
    Against rivals GA and TN, Spurrier’s composite record was 19-5. Meyer is actually slightly ahead of that pace at the halfway (six year) point: 11-1.
    The cause of their disparate SEC W%’s, therefore, lies in their respective performances against Western Division teams, particularly the three “second tier” rivals: LSU, UA, and AU. Whereas Spurrier likewise dominated them with a combined 25-7 record (though only 5-3 vs. UA), Meyer is suffering a losing composite 5-8 record against them (incl. 2-3 vs. UA, and 0-2 vs. AU). [The entire State of Alabama appears to be Meyer’s “thorn”].
    If the SEC has indeed gotten stronger, it would appear the Western Div. has enjoyed the lion-share of that.
    Additionally, Spurrier’s Bowl record was less than stellar at 6-5. Regardless of the result of the upcoming Bowl game, Meyer will have a much better “post season” record than Spurrier had at the same (six year) point: 4-1 (presently) vs. 2-3. Spurrier, however, improved in this realm by going 4-2 in his tenure’s latter half.
    LASTLY, someone suggested that Spurrier didn’t have to go up against as many National Championship Coaches as Meyer has. There seems to me, though, to be little difference in this area, if not an outright advantage to Spurrier in degree of difficulty (numbers wise).
    Following are respective Lists of opposing Coaches of Meyer and Spurrier who’ve coached at some time (as HC or OC) either Nat’l. Champ. teams (Official or disputed) or teams of equivalent caliper —
    >>>Versus Meyer: Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (UA), Steve Spurrier (USC), Dan Mullen (MSU), Mark Richt (GA), honorable mention to Tommy Tuberville (AU), plus Jim Tressel (OSU) and Bob Stoops (OU) in the two Nat’l Champ. games. Total number = 8.
    >>>Versus Spurrier: Gene Stallings (UA), Bobby Bowden (FSU), Terry Bowden (AU), Phillip Fulmer (UT), Lou Holtz (ND & USC), Nick Saban (MSU & LSU), Joe Paterno (PSU), Mark Richt (FSU & GA), honorable mentions to Butch Davis (UM) and Tommy Tuberville (AU), plus Tom Osborne (NU) and Bobby Bowden (again) in the two Nat’l Champ. games. Total number = 12.
    I didn’t list Bobby Bowden in Meyer’s “Versus List” because, dadgummit, Bobby became a shell of the Coach he used to be AFTER Zookers upset and upstaged him with that seminal victory over his Seminoles on the very day (their Senior Day, in fact) when FSU named their field after him,…
    …”[Ron Zook] Field!”
    To put the sheer volume of winning that Spurrier accomplished into perspective, Meyer would have to win all 48 of his regular season SEC games over the next 6ix years (thru 2016) in order to exceed Spurrier’s corresponding 12elve year 87.23% winning percentage (82-12, SEC).
    If he (Meyer) were to lose just one game (47-1), his 12elve year SEC winning percentage at that time would be only 86.46% (83-13)!
    He would have to win that 48th game (go undefeated in SEC in the next 6ix consecutive seasons) which would leave him with an 84-12 SEC record in 12elve seasons (87.50%).
    Obviously, it’s not likely to happen, but anything close to that would go a long way in helping Meyer to get back into the SEC Championship game at least 5ive more times, which is the minimum number he will have to WIN in the next 6ix years to merely equal Spurrier’s total number of SEC Championships in 12elve seasons!
    And THAT would certainly make him a strong contender for Coach of the Year (COTY) honors in each of the next 6ix seasons, fully 5ive of which he’d have to WIN just to match Spurrier’s 5ive COTY awards!
    ————
    IGTBAG!

    PS: As an aside, anyone who thinks it’s natural (and to be expected) to have a “drop-off” year(s) after a couple-few stellar seasons, I refer them to what our little sister up the road, FSU, did from 1987-2005, and what our evil neighbor down the street, UM, did from 1980-2005 (save 1982 [7-4] when they were still fledgling, and 1997 [5-6] after suffering the loss of dozens of scholarships from NCAA probation in ’95).
    Neither program had any (so-called “natural”) drop-off year during those periods (< 8 wins)! [except the aforementioned].
    In fact, it would not be inaccurate to say that their eventual drop-off year(s) came after a couple-few stellar DECADES, not years!!!
    One team had one Head Coach during that time, the other five.
    FSU's achievement enveloped the Spurrier & Zook eras.
    UM's encompassed those plus Charley Pell's, Galen Hall's and Gary Darnell's.
    PPS: "That's all I've got to say about that" [until next time].
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    Ciao

  141. Some Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER vs. STEVE SPURRIER (COMPARISON ADDENDUM & EDIT) – [Pt. 2] —
    (RE: my comment above: Meyer v. Spurrier; Comparison Stats., Pt. 1) —
    About 3/4 of the way down, in the “Versus Spurrier” opposing coaches List, I listed Nick Saban with MSU & LSU. He actually resigned from MSU a month before they played UF in the Citrus Bowl after the ’99 season. Spurrier beat Saban’s LSU in both 2000 and 2001.
    Regarding “JC in Ocala’s” comment that Spurrier was “top dog… simply [by] out-athleting people through the air,” obviously he preferred passing, but his “Fun-N-Gun” would never have worked without a strong running game, and we know he had several outstanding RB’s over the years. Because of Steve’s penchant for passing, these RB’s were somewhat overshadowed & unsung.
    If Spurrier left because “he knew his days… [as such]… were over,” then why did he return to the College ranks – to a LESSER program no less (unlike Saban)?!?
    It’s been said that Spurrier was “bored.” I’d say that he simply wanted a new challenge, and going to the NFL and then S.Car. are certainly that. Not only so, but he would be following on the heels of the great Lou Holtz, whom wasn’t able to sustain success at S.Car.. The juxtaposition would potentially add to his stature.
    Look at what he’s accomplished with “lesser” athletes! He beat Urban Meyer in both their inaugural seasons at their respective new schools in 2005, came within a blocked FG of ruining Meyer’s 2006 Nat’l. Champ. season, and eliminated us this year from the SEC Champ. game on Meyer’s home field!
    Speaking of which (the SEC-CG), he WAS the “top dog” in the Eastern Division THIS year! And NOT with his “Fun-N-Gun” either, but a well balanced offense with, again, an outstanding (FRESHMAN) RB!
    He’s not “out-athleting” people,… he’s OUT COACHING them!!! Unfortunately for him and S.Car., they had the fateful misfortune of “bad timing;” they ran into the buzz-saw that is Auburn – not too dissimilar to when he ran into Tom Osborne’s Nebraska buzz-saw, who, as I recall, had a pretty good QB themselves!
    Lastly, he clearly did help elevate the already superior (nationally) SEC (a rising tide raises all boats), as evidenced by the fact that his SEC winning percentage indeed fell – albeit by a mere 3.71% (from 89.13% [41-5] to 85.42% [41-7]) – and his number of appearances in the SEC Champ. was virtually halved in the 2nd six-year “half” of his 12 year tenure (if you include ’90 & ’91 in the numbers), YET his average end-of-year rank actually improved therein compared to his “first half,” as well as did his Bowl incidence & record!
    His “latter half” is also wherein he won his Nat’l. Champ.; in his FIRST season of the latter six. His FINAL season, he finished ranked 3rd (both AP and Coaches polls) – his highest rank since his Nat’l. Champ. season (’96) and his third best overall!
    Talk about finishing strong! In other words, for all intents and purposes, his performance essentially did not decline at all; rather, he forced others up to HIS level!
    [and he STILL appeared in 50% of the SEC Champ. games in the latter half of his tenure (3 out of 6), and won 67% of those (2-1)! – which, I might add, is the same record Urban has in his “FIRST” 6 years!].
    In conclusion, I acknowledge that, for comparative purposes, Spurrier’s first six-year “half” may not be as fair a bench mark as his latter one. So, again, comparing Urban’s 6 years to Spurrier’s “latter six” – when the SEC “contenders” had been largely “brought up to speed” – it is noted that while Meyer won two Nat’l. Champs. to Spurrier’s one, Steve APPEARED in his earlier than did Urban (1st yr. vs. 2nd yr., respectively), and while they both won the East Division Title three times and each went 2-1 in their SEC Champ. game appearances, Steve never finished below 2nd in the Division as Urban has nor outside the Top-15 as Urban has twice. Additionally – continuing with Spurrier’s “latter six” stats – while Meyer does have one more Top-3 ranking than Spurrier (3 to 2), Spurrier has one more Top-5 ranking than Meyer (4 to 3) and two more Top-10 rankings (5 to 3);… Meyer’s “3” in each foregoing category being the same three seasons. And lastly, as noted above, Spurrier’s final season was a strong resurgent year in which he finished with a #3 ranking; his third highest!
    Meyer’s 6th year counterpart?!?!? A debacle of a season – lucky to finish above .500, barely Bowl-bound, and ranked who-knows-where outside the Top-25!
    Let’s hope Urban’s Gators can COMPLETE a cyclical pattern similar to what they established in 2006-’08!
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao

  142. Some Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER vs. STEVE SPURRIER (COMPARISON PRINCIPLE: Currency & Eras) – [Pt. 3] —
    (“What’s ‘Old’ is [made] New Again” [adjusted for talent-inflation]) —
    Currencies from different years have to be adjusted for inflation (changing values) to be evenly compared. Likewise with athletes, teams and coaches.
    If the likes of these were instantly transported from their time to some other to play their counterpart, the match would be unfair and the result meaningless.
    If they were born and raised in their counterpart’s generation, however, they will have been subject to the same training, equipment, strategies and tactics, etc. (same standards), which then would make the match-ups fair and the results meaningful.
    If the vaunted Yankees of yore were instantly transported here today in their prime, they very likely would not fair well against their namesake’s competition (nor against their namesake themselves). Likewise Babe Ruth and Mngr. Casey Stengel; their numbers would be greatly reduced.
    How about the 1960’s G.B. Packers, or even the ’70’s Pitt. Steelers?
    Or the 1960’s Boston Celtics? What about Jim Thorpe?
    The same end; all!
    Conversely, if today’s top performers instantly transported back in time in their prime, the record books would be reset for another 100 years! But if they were born and raised therein, they simply would be comparable contenders.
    Spurrier is somewhat unique (perhaps not exclusively so) in that, while we speak of him as being the standard of the ’90’s SEC, he has “crossed over,” so to speak, and is “representin'” [still!] in the ’00’s and now the ’10’s.
    We don’t have to extrapolate or speculate as to how he would fair in Meyer’s SEC (or Saban’s SEC, as it were), because he’s here now competing head-to-head against those namesakes!
    Guess what?!?!? He defeated BOTH of them this year – handily!! [It may have taken him several years, and he may not be “regular” about it, but consider what he started with, and where].
    Not only so, but he beat Meyer in their respective first years on their new teams, and came within a last-second blocked FG of winning their second contest and ruining Meyer’s Championship season! Take away that fortuitous block, and not only is the 6-game series thus far split at 3 apiece, but Meyer has one less BCS Title to his name, complements of none other than the SEC’s “nineties” guru – the “OLD” Ball Coach! – [disparagingly called “old” by some]. Alas, that was not meant to be,… BUT FAR LESS SEPARATE THEM THAN PEOPLE SUPPOSE!
    There’ve been three blowout games and three close games between them. Meyer won 2 out of 3 of each of those groupings, giving us a 4-2 advantage, but that “squeaker” could just as easily have made it 3-3. HAD that occurred, 2 out of each Coach’s 3 wins WOULD have been on the other’s field. As it is, half of each Coach’s victories have been won on each field. Neither requires a Home Field advantage.
    While Meyer had a four game winning streak, two of which were critical to his Championship seasons, Spurrier’s two victories are the typically sentimental & monumental ones at any point in time (with the most recent possessing the added dimension of championship implications itself, as well): namely, the first one and the last one; the inaugural and the latest – the latter propelling them into the SEC Championship game, while simultaneously denying us.
    Yeah, we sucked this year, but our – and Meyer’s – incentive couldn’t have been much less than theirs, if at all, plus we had Home Field advantage! Yet they owned us in our own house. No surprise though, considering they handled the likes of Alabama – no slouch themselves!
    Does the “OLD” Ball Coach have more and better talented players than Meyer?
    No.
    Is player age and experience a factor?
    Don’t k(no)w; probably a wash.
    That leaves coaching, which starts and ends at the top – a universal fact that should be universally accepted, but won’t be in this particular case by the Spurrier-doubters herein!
    [Note: This is NOT a “dis” of Meyer, per se, but a defense of Spurrier. I’ve said in here – on this site – before that I’ve recovered from my long-standing ANGER at Spurrier for the way he suddenly left AFTER his final Bowl game. I would’ve preferred he announce it beforehand so the players and Gator Nation at large could have been aware of the sentimental import of his last game, thus being able play and participate accordingly, both physically and emotionally].
    What I’m saying is, the old, deposed King – a mere blocked FG away from achieving a six-year “draw” with the young, reigning King (with inferior talent, no less, a moral victory thus far if there ever was one) – seemingly refuses to allow himself to be swept into the dustpan of irrelevancy (where some would have him relegated), but rather adjusts, adapts and reloads accordingly. This ought not be,… should it?!?!? – [some might think].
    South Carolina is the SEC team that the Gators have their second highest all-time winning percentage against (.790), behind Arkansas, followed by Vanderbilt and Kentucky. We have winning streaks of 8, 19, and 24 games, respectively, against those other three teams, but S.Car. has won two – ALMOST three – of the last six against us, including, obviously that last one.
    WHAT, pray tell, is preventing Meyer from doing to S.Car. what he’s been doing regularly – like clockwork – to those other teams?!? …hmm?
    …hhmmmm?!?!?
    …HUH!!!
    Every Coach has their proverbial “thorn in their flesh;” the nemesis that they just can’t seem to master. Spurrier certainly had his: Bobby Bowden! Steve’s overall record against Bobby was a dismal 4-7-1, with a 0-5-1 record at “‘Ron Zook’ Field!”
    Meyer will have his too. I would have suspected, though, that it would have been Nick Saban, and may yet be, but wouldn’t it be ironic if “the ghost of Swamp past” continues to confound him, even if only semi-regularly?!?
    I neither wish it nor invite it (just thinking out loud). I didn’t like Bowden being Spurrier’s nemesis, and I won’t like Meyer’s either!
    ————
    IGTBAG!
    Ciao.

  143. Some Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER: EMPTY SUIT? KING WITH NO CLOTHES? —
    “What’s ‘Old’ is [made] New Again” (adjusted for talent-inflation) —
    Currencies from different years have to be adjusted for inflation (changing values) to be evenly compared. Likewise with athletes, teams and coaches.
    If the likes of these were instantly transported from their time to some other to play their counterpart, the match would be unfair and the result meaningless.
    If they were born and raised in their counterpart’s generation, however, they will have been subject to the same training, equipment, strategies and tactics, etc. (same standards), which then would make the match-ups fair and the results meaningful.
    If the vaunted Yankees of yore were instantly transported here today in their prime, they very likely would not fair well against their namesake’s competition (nor against their namesake themselves). Likewise Babe Ruth and Mngr. Casey Stengel; their numbers would be greatly reduced.
    How about the 1960’s G.B. Packers, or even the ’70’s Pitt. Steelers?
    Or the 1960’s Boston Celtics? What about Jim Thorpe?
    The same end; all!
    Conversely, if today’s top performers instantly transported back in time in their prime, the record books would be reset for another 100 years! But if they were born and raised therein, they simply would be comparable contenders.
    Spurrier is somewhat unique (perhaps not exclusively so) in that, while we speak of him as being the standard of the ’90’s SEC, he has “crossed over,” so to speak, and is “representin'” [still!] in the ’00’s and now the ’10’s.
    We don’t have to extrapolate or speculate as to how he would fair in Meyer’s SEC (or Saban’s SEC, as it were), because he’s here now competing head-to-head against those namesakes!
    Guess what?!?!? He defeated BOTH of them this year – handily!! [It may have taken him several years, and he may not be “regular” about it, but consider what he started with, and where].
    Not only so, but he beat Meyer in their respective first years on their new teams, and came within a last-second blocked FG of winning their second contest and ruining Meyer’s Championship season! Take away that fortuitous block, and not only is the 6-game series thus far split at 3 apiece, but Meyer has one less BCS Title to his name, complements of none other than the SEC’s “nineties” guru – the “OLD” Ball Coach! – [disparagingly called “old” by some]. Alas, that was not meant to be,… BUT FAR LESS SEPARATE THEM THAN PEOPLE SUPPOSE!
    There’ve been three blowout games and three close games between them. Meyer won 2 out of 3 of each of those groupings, giving us a 4-2 advantage, but that “squeaker” could just as easily have made it 3-3. HAD that occurred, 2 out of each Coach’s 3 wins WOULD have been on the other’s field. As it is, half of each Coach’s victories have been won on each field. Neither requires a Home Field advantage.
    While Meyer had a four game winning streak, two of which were critical to his Championship seasons, Spurrier’s two victories are the typically sentimental & monumental ones at any point in time (with the most recent possessing the added dimension of championship implications itself, as well): namely, the first one and the last one; the inaugural and the latest – the latter propelling them into the SEC Championship game, while simultaneously denying us.
    Yeah, we sucked this year, but our – and Meyer’s – incentive couldn’t have been much less than theirs, if at all, plus we had Home Field advantage! Yet they owned us in our own house. No surprise though, considering they handled the likes of Alabama – no slouch themselves!
    Does the “OLD” Ball Coach have more and better talented players than Meyer?
    No.
    Is player age and experience a factor?
    Don’t k(no)w; probably a wash.
    That leaves coaching, which starts and ends at the top – a universal fact that should be universally accepted, but won’t be in this particular case by the Spurrier-doubters herein!
    [Note: This is NOT a “dis” of Meyer, per se, but a defense of Spurrier. I’ve said in here – on this site – before that I’ve recovered from my long-standing ANGER at Spurrier for the way he suddenly left AFTER his final Bowl game. I would’ve preferred he announce it beforehand so the players and Gator Nation at large could have been aware of the sentimental import of his last game, thus being able play and participate accordingly, both physically and emotionally].
    What I’m saying is, the old, deposed King – a mere blocked FG away from achieving a six-year “draw” with the young, reigning King (with inferior talent, no less, a moral victory thus far if there ever was one) – seemingly refuses to allow himself to be swept into the dustpan of irrelevancy (where some would have him relegated), but rather adjusts, adapts and reloads accordingly. This ought not be,… should it?!?!? – [some might think].
    South Carolina is the SEC team that the Gators have their second highest all-time winning percentage against (.790), behind Arkansas, followed by Vanderbilt and Kentucky. We have winning streaks of 8, 19, and 24 games, respectively, against those other three teams, but S.Car. has won two – ALMOST three – of the last six against us, including, obviously that last one.
    WHAT, pray tell, is preventing Meyer from doing to S.Car. what he’s been doing regularly – like clockwork – to those other teams?!? …hmm?
    …hhmmmm?!?!?
    …HUH!!!
    Every Coach has their proverbial “thorn in their flesh;” the nemesis that they just can’t seem to master. Spurrier certainly had his: Bobby Bowden! Steve’s overall record against Bobby was a dismal 4-7-1, with a 0-5-1 record at “‘Ron Zook’ Field!”
    Meyer will have his too. I would have suspected, though, that it would have been Nick Saban, and may yet be, but wouldn’t it be ironic if “the ghost of Swamp past” continues to confound him, even if only semi-regularly?!?
    I neither wish it nor invite it (just thinking out loud). I didn’t like Bowden being Spurrier’s nemesis, and I won’t like Meyer’s either!
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao.

  144. CRAP!!! …Made a mistake…
    Ignore the comment immediately above; it’s an inadvertent duplicate of the one immediately above it.
    The correct one follows below this post (I hope).
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao
    PS: You can imagine that I invested some time in these, so I saved them. It seems appropriate to post them again in a “Farewell” forum to Coach Urban Meyer.

  145. Some (more) Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER: EMPTY SUIT? KING WITH NO CLOTHES? …hhmmmm —
    The “Ole/Head Ball Coach” (S.O.S.) was the OC at UF his entire tenure, and he still is at S.Car.. Why doesn’t Urban take the reigns of OC?? I thought the Spread Option was his brainchild?!
    It appears, however, that it was Dan Mullen’s all along. He was with Meyer at both Bowling Green and Utah (as OC & QB Coach) before coming with him to UF.
    After Mullen left for MSU at the end of the 2008 season, the 2009 Offense was decidedly less productive – undoubtedly saved by Tebow’s sheer talent, determination and will along with a particularly stingy Defense.
    It’s been suggested that he, Meyer, has been a shell of the Coach he used to be before he “retired;” that he returned from his Leave of Absence absent,… returned in body, not in spirit.
    Is it possible, though, that it could be something FAR worse,… …MIGHT he be an “EMPTY SUIT?!?”
    He inherited an under-coached Gator team brimming with talent, then basically “walked into” the soon-to-be ordained “greatest college football player ever” in Tim Tebow, who was NEVER GOING ANYWHERE BUT FLORIDA!
    And Percy Harvin – did he “follow” the already legendary Tebow to Florida?? What quality, option oriented, WR/RB speedster wouldn’t want to? And was he part of a Gravy Train?!
    Could it be that this was not – GIVING HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT (counterintuitively, here) – a stroke of genius on Meyer’s part, but of luck?!? (follow me now). A quirk of temporal fate, if you will, in regards to the proximal “timing” of both their arrivals (Tebow’s and Meyer’s) at UF?! At least with Meyer’s, because Tebow’s was a lock all along! That being true, ANY potentially interested party – such as Meyer – COULD coordinate such “timing” themselves – that is, their availability with Tebow’s arrival – but NOT the job opening itself. Right??? Welllllll,… let’s look at that, shall we?!
    NOT GIVING HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, on the other hand, being HC at Utah, it’s certainly not a stretch to assume he’d be aware of a prospect like Tim Tebow, and what Schools he was considering, even favoring.
    In THIS scenario, the “fated [?!] quirk of timing” would be the proximity of ZOOK’S FIRING to Tebow’s availability – his recruitment window and subsequent arrival.
    When Zook was fired (during Tebow’s Junior year in HS), I remember favoring Butch Davis (I’ve always liked him), who was an applicant for the job. I was disappointed and quite surprised when UF chose Urban Meyer because I hadn’t heard of him, yet Davis had an established, respected and successful record from when he turned UM around in the late ’90′s.
    I discovered a short time later, though, and it is most assuredly not a coincidence, that UF’s President at that time was the former President of none other than The University of Utah! VOILA!!!
    Obviously, he was in a supreme position to “put in a good word” for the Utah Coach. An understandable bias, mind you,… vindicated LATER, as it turned out, for Urban ultimately led Utah to an eventual 12-0 finish that season. Of course, that level of success in the Utah HC’s second season was neither predictable nor foreseeable, and thus couldn’t have been a factor early-on in the selection process.
    Meyer & Mullen were known as the gurus of the Spread Option Offense, manned by eventual #1 NFL pick, QB Alex Smith.
    Up and coming HS Spread Option QB phenom, Tim Tebow, already a legend in his own time, obviously would have had EVERYBODY’S attention, particularly Meyer & Mullen, NO DOUBT!!!
    They wanted him when they were here (UF), would they not have wanted him to be the heir apparent in Utah?!?!?
    There was one insurmountable obstacle though. Tebow was an Orange & Blue blooded Gator through and through, and CLEARLY – even then – Gainesville bound! Anyone who sought him out and researched his “story” – again, even back then – would have known as much. His story – as most now know – was, and is, available to all in video form on YouTube, entitled “The Chosen One” (I believe).
    Quite simply, if anyone wanted to coach Tim Tebow in college, they would have known, or strongly expected, that they would HAVE TO BE working or hired as a Coach in the UF Football program. Period!
    Being a self proclaimed fan of Gator Football (version S.O.S.), surely Urban knew of Ron Zook’s struggles. Having a kindred spirit in UF’s President, he “COULD” have been privy to insider info..
    Why would he be interested in that? Oh, I don’t know,… maybe because a certain 17-18 year old SUPERMAN was coming to town soon, and he, Meyer, MIGHT want to keep tabs on The Zooker’s status!
    Why? Well, anyone with a vested interest and EYES TO SEE would easily have discerned an impending opportunity to pursue the HC job at UF, with the added and notable reward to the victor (hiree) of winning the Tebow-sweepstakes by default!!!
    Meyer would be in a unique position to possibly “help” the former Utah President and current UF President (at that time; not sure if he’s still there) to “better understand the situation.” Maybe he could even “suggest solutions” to cure the angst of Gator Nation extant at that time, if you catch my drift?!
    Conspiracy theorist??? Sure sounds like it, doesn’t it?
    The truth is, I don’t know,… BUT, it absolutely COULD have happened, because there WAS potential motive and there WAS definite opportunity! [Where does that leave temptation?!?!?].
    That said, I don’t believe any such surmised actions would be illegal or even immoral (ethical might be another thing). In fact, I’d go so far as to say that anyone who were ever to find themselves in the midst of such a harmonious convergence of fortuitous and otherwise benign circumstances would be down-right guilty of sin-of-omission if they were to neglect to utilize such strategically placed assets so obviously arranged by the God of No-Coincidences! [ie: stupido!].
    Oh great, now I’m calling Meyer a sinner if he DIDN’T do this! Wait, that’s something we probably CAN agree on – Meyer being a sinner!! We’ve ALL been witness to that ALL season long!!! Haven’t we?!?
    Which brings me back to my original question: are we witnessing the unveiling of a KING WITH NO CLOTHES,… we ourselves, however, being the unwitting subjects of such grand delusion?!?!?
    …hhmmmm.
    We’ll have to, you know,… “wait till next year” (or the following?), perhaps.
    If we (Jeremy Foley and Gator Nation) gave Ron Zook 2 & 1/2 years, or so, to “get his act together,” then Coach Meyer, it would SEEM, having won two BCS Titles, obviously would (should?) receive no less opportunity!
    THEN AGAIN, with the inception of the BC$, the “$TAKE$” (and PRESSURES) spiral ever higher!
    PLUS (attention: corny, convoluted mixed-metaphor alert!), Gator Nation has grown accustomed to BEING the 800 lb. gorilla in the (SEC) room. We – like any top-tier-sports FOLLOWING – have LONG since acquired a liking to the sweet FRUIT of consistent VICTORY, so when this (our) beastly sojourner’s palette is deprived of it’s regimen of veritable “trail mix” (victories), expect some nutty “screaming” and “beating of the chest!” [sorry; couldn’t resist!].
    Spurrier raised the bar, Meyer upped the ante. Last man standing MUST feed the beast (or throw in the cards)!! [dittos!].
    HOW long Gator Nation’s, Jeremy Foley’s, and Urban Meyer’s BP’s (blood pressure AND breaking point) can be maintained remains to be seen? Only TWT. Again, …hhmmmm…
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao
    PS: In the end, this “empty suit” theory may be without merit (Time Will Tell,… hopefully sooner than later), but consider that such a scenario is not entirely without precedent.
    While not an exact parallel, recall UM’s Larry Coker. A REALLY nice guy, but… well,… let’s just say he too “walked into” good fortune (extant talent – players & perhaps staff), which eventually ran out!
    Someone might bring the Zookster to remembrance also – another REALLY nice guy. He “walked into” a fortunate situation himself, perhaps merely lacking, however, HIS “Dan Mullen!”
    And it’s too early for the jury to return a verdict on Gene Chizik, whose hiring prompted criticism of Auburn’s Athletic administration, but who now are looking like football geniuses! He CERTAINLY finds himself in a MOST FORTUITOUS situation, as well!
    Does HE have a “Dan Mullen,” though?
    … IS he a “Dan Mullen?”
    Again,… TWT.
    For now, however, any latent need HE might otherwise have for his very own “Dan Mullen” is easily being more than compensated for by HIS very own “Tim Tebow, II,” in the person of none other than Cam Newton!” AKA: “Superman, No. 2.”

  146. My Closing Farewell Thoughts:
    URBAN MEYER’S DELAYED RETIREMENT A (STRATEGIC) BLESSING IN DISGUISE? —
    Someone asked: what established coach would want the “snake-pit” HC job at UF after watching half of GatorNation throw Urban Meyer under the bus after one mediocre season, and where did our fan-base acquire this entitlement attitude?
    First, I’d say that, by my observation, of the minority who were critical of Urban, very few “threw him under the bus” at all. If anything, critics and proponents alike were confident he’d “turn the bus around” in short order. Virtually none of GatorNation, however, was critical of him merely for a mediocre season, per se (in fact, some made the case for an expected “down” year after graduating so many star players), but rather a perceived stubborn aloofness, if not willful ignorance (which, if premeditated, dovetails nicely with my theory below).
    I believe the seeds of this so-called “entitlement attitude” that GatorNation has “acquired” can be traced back to when Urban jerked-around our emotions last year when he stunningly un-retired (less than 24 hours after blindsiding us with his SHOCKING retirement announcement) — allegedly because, INCONGRUOUSLY, he was inspired by and thought he would “miss” the players’ dedication, hard work and camaraderie, and didn’t want to let them down (or some such gobblety-gook), even though his health and LIFE as well as family relationships were supposedly on the line(!) — all AFTER Gator Nation had already entered into the sporting equivalent of mourning AND the standard fuss over who would be the next HC! We were saddened by his initial decision and concerned for him, but excited with anticipation over his would-be successor. Then he flip-flopped on us! The whole debacle was inconsiderate and selfish!!
    That’s what I thought THEN, but NOW I wonder if his “return” wasn’t orchestrated with a view toward mitigating adverse circumstances surrounding his eventual retirement & replacement, which, if so, rather would make it quite the opposite: sacrificially considerate and selfless (in a very big and dedicated way!). Again,…IF so.
    Think about it! Think about the would-be storyline (had Urban stayed retired): “Beloved Super-Coach suddenly and unexpectedly retires due to potentially life-threatening, stress related ailment which may have adversely affected his ability to successfully lead undefeated Gators to second straight, and third in four years, SEC & BCS Championships!”
    The empathy for him, even outside of GatorNation, would have been palpable!
    Now imagine you’re Jeremy Foley, and you’ve got to replace said person (on short notice, no less!)!!!
    GOOD LUCK finding a SANE coach who’d be willing to step into THAT would-be “snake-pit,” to use their term.
    Just WHO or WHAT might have we ended up with, then?!?!?
    Foley and Machen are obviously smart and savvy. They MUST HAVE perceived the writing on the wall!!
    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they had privately painted the following scenario to Urban:
    “Delay retirement until next year; take leave of absence instead; Addazio will retain the recruiting class; delegate everything when you return; coach on cruise-control (“phone it in”=what we witnessed!); if the team does good – fine, that’s great; BUT, if we have a slight ‘down’ year – ALL THE BETTER to be able to find a viable replacement when you announce NEXT year (because right now, especially with your announcement yesterday, you are akin to a football god; we run the risk of the program being set back years if we struggle to find a legitimate replacement willing to step into your shadow; we can discuss further how to “tweak” things to get acceptable results for all – for instance, Addazio as OC might be one, shifting any blame away from you in the event of poor results, and also, John Brantley, Sr. has called with a request that just may play into our hands!); in the mean time, we’ll have a year to survey the landscape for the next Gator Head Coach; then, if you’re interested, you can move into the UAA as Asst. or Assoc. AD, and my (Jeremy Foley’s) heir apparent!”
    Conspiracy theory? Yeah.
    A stretch? Not so much.
    Regardless – orchestrated or not – the above scenario(s) actually did happen (with the exception of that final clause, which remains to be seen), and the past year, this past season, these past days have surely played-out to our benefit compared to the alternative suggested above, had Meyer stayed retired last year.
    Some are howling herein that we could’ve done better than Muschamp. Maybe. Time will tell.
    Since I’m convinced that our “selling” position would have been MUCH weaker – the HC job less desirable – following Urban’s initial retirement last year than it is this time around, I have to (and do) believe that Jeremy has been, as some have posited (and in the spirit of the season), “making a list and checking it twice!” Therefore, logically, he undoubtedly has had an eye on Muschamp, as well as select others, for quite some time now, and respectfully, I believe him when he says that Muschamp was “his guy” – his “first and only offer” (I think I read that that was the case). Regardless, considering that only three days transpired between Urban’s re-retirement and Muschamp’s hiring, he clearly had to at least have been near the very top of any list!!
    Merry Christmas Jeremy Foley!
    Merry Christmas GatorNation!
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao
    PS: Urban says he wants to stay in G’ville. Who knows, MAYBE he’ll replace Foley as AD someday. Or, maybe he’ll leave to fulfill his dream of Coaching Notre Dame one day. Then again, he could get that Swamp itch again too, even if he becomes AD; he may miss the action and opt to trade, health permitting, the office phone for the headset once again,… one last time! …hhmmmm….
    PPS: “That’s all I’ve got to say about that” (… till next time).
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    Ciao Ciao

  147. Or to summarize, don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    Does it seem really weird that our 47 year old coach is resigning for “health” reasons. And our next opponent’s head coach is asking for a 5 year extension at the age of 84. Huuummm!

  148. Thanks coach Meyer, you’re the greatest in Gator History. Please stay on with the Universty of Florida in some capacity. Every future Gator Coach will be measured against you. Congratulations! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  149. For the record:
    Though that final comment ALLEGEDLY posted by “quickenedspirit” (two comments above) makes an interesting point, I – quickenedspirit – did NOT submit it.
    GatorSports.com should provide for exclusivity of usernames!
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    IGTBAG!
    Ciao