Urban Meyer still has one more game to coach at Florida, then he’s going to assume a new role in and around the Florida football team. At this point, no one seems to really know what Meyer will be doing, but Jeremy Foley has made it clear he wants Meyer to remain involved in the program.
Will he recruit? Will he coach in some capacity? Will his presence make Will Muschamp feel uncomfortable?
The answer to the first question is Meyer probably will help out in recruiting in some way. He’s too good a recruiter not to. From what I’m hearing, Meyer is still actively recruiting for Florida and the new head coach. According to Rivals.com, the recruits on campus this past weekend spent some time at Meyer’s house with Meyer and his family, and Muschamp.
The answer to the second question is, probably no. Some have suggested Meyer might become Muschamp’s special teams coordinator, but that would put Meyer right back in a high-stress job that would consume many long hours and keep him away from his family for extended periods of time, especially in the fall.
The answer to the third question is to be determined. Muschamp said at his introductory news conference that as long as he’s the head coach at the University of Florida, Meyer is welcome in the weight room and in the meeting rooms and on the practice field. That sounds good, but it might get a little tough having a coaching icon sort of looking over your shoulder all the time.
I have a feeling that what’s going to happen is Meyer is going to become a mentor to the players. He’s going to have an office and an open-door policy and the players are going to lean on Meyer for support and advice. This is one of Meyer’s strengths — his ability to have a positive influence on young men.
The mentor role for Meyer came to me when I was talking to former safety Jarvis Herring last week. Herring recently earned his UF degree, but when Meyer first arrived here in 2005, Herring said his life was a wreck and he was close to being thrown out of school. Herring said Meyer turned his life around. He became productive on the field and in the class room and emerged as a team leader that Meyer could count on. Herring said Meyer and his staff helped him mature into a man.
Maybe this is the role Meyer will have at Florida — mentor to the players.