Urban Meyer update

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I had Urban Meyer on my radio show Wednesday and he had some interesting things to say. Meyer just returned from his gig on ESPN in Glendale, Ariz., and confirmed that he’s planning to work for the network.

“That’s the direction we’re going,” he said. “I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing, but Shelley and I had a long meeting with them.”

Some other tidbits:

* Meyer said he doesn’t like the term “retired” to describe him, that he’d rather people say he has stepped away from coaching. Which makes it sound like he may coach again.

* He said he has an office at UF but will only go to it if he’s asked. He wants to do everything he can to help new coach Will Muschamp, but he will not do any “second-guessing.”

* He hopes to teach a class at Florida in the spring.

* He will be headed to Oregon in a couple of weeks to talk football with Chip Kelly, the Ducks’ head coach.

Look for Meyer to make occasional appearances on The Pat Dooley Show on 104.9 FM. On Tuesday, we bring The Sun’s Ed Aschoff into the studio to answer your recruiting questions from 5 p.m. to 5:30.

84 COMMENTS

  1. Pat…love you articles and tweets. Glad to see he is taking position at ESPN…he was too good Monday night and too good of a football mind to just completely step away. Also look at what ESPN has done for Jon Gruden. Not that Urban needs to up his stock more but Gruden really didnt need to either and his name comes up for EVERY open job. While this would likely happen for Urban as well it def. cannot hurt his chance of landing another gig.

  2. I remember Coach ( Visor ) Spurrier jumping ship after he lost out to several incoming recruits and I see the same thing about Coach Urban ( a fellow that I like very much ) – however, paid $4,000,000 per year for a team that did not crack the top 25 for the first time in 20 years makes me sad for the ” Gators “. I really think he is overrated as a football coach but has potential at ESPN and I wish him well. Go Gators!!!!!

  3. I agree taht all Gator fans need to give Will Muschamp and his staff time to get all the players and coaches on the same page. I certainly don’t expect any overnight miracles and you’re right that evry new Fl coach has needed a year or two to get things rolling. Coach Muschamp and his staff c ertainly have te pedegree to be very successful with the Gators. He’ll be fine and a great coach for the Gators. I can wait!

  4. I personally feel that we should be glad Urban is gone. Dont get me wrong, I like the man, but he wasted this year planning his retirement…..and not concentrating on the game….that to me, was unfair of him to do.
    I hope he fairs well with ESPN.

  5. I think Coach Meyer did a great job on ESPN and I am happy for him whatever path he chooses to take.I think he is a brilliant coach..has a loving and supportive family and is smart to step back and let Coach Muschamp take the reins.Please remember we lost a lot of coaching staff,players, and a lot of factors lead to what is still a winning season albeit not what the Gator Nation is used to.I think we set the bar a bit high sometimes.Let’s not forget the championships and all the good things he has brought to the program.He treated his players like family.He’s a good man and he and his family deserve the best!

  6. Hey Pat, I know you’re trying to make up for lost time with Coach Meyer, but I’M the coach now. How about some articles on me? Not sure how Coach Meyer went from aloof shut in to the man you gush about and stalk after he’s gone. Turn the page, Pat.

  7. Why the UM update? UM is the former football coach at UF. He quit in 2009, turning over the head coaching job to Steve addzio and eventually quit a second time in 2010!! Addazio left the football program a shell of what it once was and UM will soon be employed elsewhere, perhaps at ESPN. Maybe the next UM can give us all some details on how UM’s unused office is decorated!! That would be exciting!!

  8. Some of your comments are RIDICIOULOUS! Urban Meyer overrated?? Do you even follow CFB? He had the second best winning percentage when he retired!

    Lets talk about the current coaching staff? Our former has had such an impact off and on the field, that he is VERY relevant here.

    Going 8-5 is a former shell? You spoiled ban wagon fan.

  9. I agree with totally with Gatortally51. Urban was very disapponting this last season and also at the end of 2009 season when Dan M left for MS. $4,000,000 buys wins. He may be good coach (not great) but he is not a good manager. He is the CEO. He lost Tobow and few others and lost controll of the team and mostly his staff. Look at Alabama, LSU and some of the other SEC programs. Players come and go, but they still recruit well and stay in the top 10 to 15. UM was lucky to win to BCS. History will judge him as an OK coach, nto agreat coach. Miles, Saban, Stoop. Thses are great coaches.
    Tom S

  10. The Addazio factor will linger into next year. Brantley learned nothing that will help him in 2011. He looked as lost on his last series as he did on his first. That fault lays with UM. He quit officially after drawing another 4 million in the year he really quit. I know he has health issues but the travels of doing live ESPN broadcasts has to be physically draining as well. He quit because he couldn’t deal with the Addazio issues. Could not fire or demote his buddy. He’ll be back coaching within 3 years. We got our coach, at least he wants to be here. Go Gators.

  11. I thought that both Urban and Saban provided good insight Monday night. What I really enjoyed was when both of them emphasized the need to “weather the storm” if bad things happen early and to reinforce to the team that it is a 60 minute game.

    After they made that comment, both Herbstreit and Desmond Howard repeated their words (as if their own thoughts) over and over again for the next hour.Talking heads, that is all they are.

  12. I said this a month ago, and I will repeat it. Parents all over the world work hard as hell, sometimes 7 days a week but still find the time to see their children play sports.With 2 of Meyers children in college, what is the big deal about this to cause him to give up the good ship for sports watching? Ill bet you that he will be gone from Gainesville after one year of his announcement to resign. He just has different options elsewhere, maybe even N. D. Our long term successfull coaches have been SOUThERNERS (Ray Graves,Steve S.) I just dont believe that things smell right. Oh well…….

  13. I know Urbs will probably resurface at some big time D1 program.. but IMO the best for his health would be to go to a 1-AA school after Nate graduates, where there is less media, less attention, less pressure, and I’d say less stress but with Urban’s personality that’s questionable, regardless there would be less “other stuff”.

  14. I saw Coach Meyer and Coach Saban do their bit at the BCS Championship game. Coach Meyer was a very informative and polish analyst. Unlike most of the talking heads, he did not seem to be impressed with himself and was actually informative. Coach Saban not so much, seemed to want his hands do his talking. Being an LSU fan, I wish Coach Meyer luck in all of his endeavers, as long as he does not return to the SEC to coach.

  15. At this point I have heard enough about UM to last a lifetime. He left us in shambles with no top 25 rating, not in top 25 for next year and a thin recruiting class. Personally I do not give a damn where he goes as long as he goes. He is making WMs job harder. I hear people wsay it was Adazzios fault..but pure and simple UM let it happen in a daze.. He was an embarrassment to himself and every gator fan this year..time to go!!

  16. I am shocked and disgusted by some of the comments…some of you should be ashamed of yourselves…I would be willing to bet that the majority of the negative comments by some posters here…they are NOT Gator fans. Why don’t some of you show some respect for a coach that helped bring so much to our university.

  17. Did I miss something? Was the 2010 season so horrible that the NCAA confiscated the ’06 and ’08 crystal trophies??? You whiners are pathetic! Yes, it’s time to move on. I’d like to hear more about the new coaching staff. But I can’t believe the venom on this website. You should appreciate that he recognized he was burned out and needed to step down. booby b should’ve walked away 8 years ago but was too proud to admit it. Just say, “thank you” and go about your merry way.

  18. Let’s not forget, the man had a major health scare. He as afraid he was going to have a heart attack and thus he lost focus and was distracted by that. God forbid that any of us here go through that kind of crisis.

  19. I am about the same age as Urban Meyer and have 2 active high school children. I don’t have the demands and responsibilities of a UF Football head coach but I do work about 60 hours a week. I don’t make 4 mil a year and would be considered just below middle class. I have health issues just like any other middle aged man but I managed to perform at work. I appreciate the success Mr. Meyer brought to the Gator program but last year was a complete joke and the gators probably should have been National Champs the year before. Let’s move forward and get Meyer completely away from the program. The sooner Foley realizes this the better for him and UF football. Again, I appreciate everything Urban Meyer did for Gator football but he obviously lost his focus ant attention. Now let’s focus on the future!!

  20. Quite frankly the way I see is very simple. Urban Meyer was mediocre against the SEC WEST (look it up) He was 11-10 and was pasted by Alabama several times. He is a person that can’t take defeat without feeling inferior. He saw the writing was on the wall. You all heard of the fight or flight response? Well, there you have it.

  21. I agree that Urban didn’t give his best last year, but sheesh! You’d think from some of these postings that the guy destroyed our program. I’ll take the two NC’s in six year, thank you very much, and give him a pass on having a down year. The program is still in good shape. When he realized he couldn’t get it done giving less than 100%, he stepped away. In my opinion, he did right thing for the program, as he almost always did during his tenure.

  22. While I wouldn’t totally blame the state of the program on Meyer. You can’t help but imagine where we may be had he left the first time and not been selfish and stay when he new he wouldn’t give us his all. You can’t straddle the fence when it comes to leading a program of this magnitude. Either you are all in or not. Sometimes if you truly love something you let it go if you are not 100% committed to it. Although it is extremely early I just took a look at rivals preason top 25 list and florida is nowhere to be found. Imagine that unranked after a bowl win to end the season and unranked to begin another. It has been a while since we have been at this level and I certaintly issue some of that blame on Meyer. whether you like it or not. I love you Meyer but you should have left last year. Can we also start talking about our new staff? Let’s move on for Petes Sake!!!

  23. Guys, calm down. UM made the mistake of not listening to himself a year ago. Ego? Supportive AD? What does it matter. We have 2 NC’s and SEC’s no one can take away from us. Thank you UM. Now, WM time! Should be interesting. When has UF ever done anything boring about coaching changes. We are like the Russians: don’t have a clue how to change leaders without a commotion.

  24. Where the heck is the pie & gravy? I was told there would be pie and gravy when I got to Gainesville from Kansas City. Gimme my pie and gravy…

    Seriously, I’m gonna have this offense putting up 40+ a game and Coach Boom & Coach Quinn are gonna hold teams to around 13 points a game, so expect big things this coming year.
    I’m talking ‘Me Big’…

  25. You ungrateful terds!!! The guy who said “he left the team in shambles”. WHAT!?!? The only reason and I mean the ONLY reason this is considered to be the number one coaching job in america is – Urban Meyer, you dope. And it wasn’t before he got here. None of us knows the pressure that comes with endless speaking engagements, flying all over the country and promising parents that he’ll love their son’s like they were his own, watching over 80 student athletes and being the face of one of three largest universities in the country. Most of you soiled your pants when he stepped away the first time. Everyone begged him to give it another shot – he came back – it didn’t work out, so he left. What don’t you get?

  26. The state of the program is fine. We had an 8-5 year. Yes, it was tough to watch and I was as critical as anyone about the coaching job this year. But I’ve waited through 40 years of being dominated by Georgia in the 70’s and 80’s, then listening to the FSU dorks through most of the 90’s, to where we are today. One of the elite 2 or 3 programs in the country. There was a time I didn’t think I’d live long enough to win the NC, Meyer brought us 2 and now you ungrateful bastards are kicking him out the door. SHAMEFUL!

  27. Pat,
    Just wanted to say -I loved your article, ‘SEC REIGNS SUPREME’, as it made me WELL-Up with PRIDE and reinforced my BELIEF that THE SOUTH REIGNS SUPREME IN FOOTBALL -PERIOD! Miami and FSU have had their share of SUCCESS, as well, BUT THE SEC RULES!!!
    GO GATORS AND gain back the THE ‘GATOR GLORY’!!!
    WAY TO GO MR.FOLEY and COACH MUSCHAMP!!!
    IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A HOPEFUL GATOR -AGAIN!!!
    ~gatorgi70x7

  28. Spoiled Brats! I know some of these hateful comments are submitted by people who are not Gator fans. Oh yes, we should have a lot of resentment toward Urban Meyer…. he’s the coach who gave us not just one but two National Championships, started the Gator Walk, the team singing the fight song after the games with the fans and also the coach who made me so proud to be a Gator every time he spoke. More than once he mentioned how much he loved the spirit in the Swamp, so much so that he would take off his head phones just to take in the whold thing. I think he set the bar so high he put too much pressure on himself, causing his physical problems. It’s unbelievable he accomplished all that he did in just six short years. He is a class act and I, for one, thank him for giving this Gator six of the best and most fun years of my life in rooting for the Gators.

  29. Why cant people have opinions on this website. Why is it always about who’s right or wrong? I love Meyer and thank him for what he’s done but he should’ve retired and stayed retired. How can i be spoiled or stupid because I wanted Florida to be Florida. We were horrible last year and that falls on Meyer.

  30. Because Alt you can have an opinion without being ugly and putting down a coach that did a lot for us…..can’t you just thank the man and now look to the future? Ok so we had by our stands a bad year…so do many other programs…I’m sure fans other other teams would love to have what we do…can’t we show a little class here?

  31. Oh yeah Atl…some are spoiled because many gator fans lived through many seasons just like this past year or worse, even SOS had a few poor seasons…he had a losing record against fsu and never beat fsu at doak (remember the choke in doak? or maybe you are one of those newer Gators that forgot all about that?)

  32. @Atl – This season does fall on Meyer, but it hardly defines his 10 years as a head coach or the 6 he was here. We had the best 5 year run this university has ever had then he follows it up with an 8-5 year, which would have been a ticker tape parade 20 years ago, so he’s a bum?

  33. You folks are missing what happened last year.

    UM has an incredible career at three different schools, and at the end of the 09 season has a record of 26-2 for his final two seasons, with final rankings of one and three. Clearly he was at the top of his game, and the college football world.

    Last year he was 8-5, way down of course.

    The difference?

    Drugs.

    He had to take drugs to handle his health issues. The drugs made him lose his edge. It is such a competitive position he occupied that the drugs in his case would make that much of a difference. You could see it clearly in his sideline demeanor, what was written about his end-of-game team speeches, etc.

    Who is to blame for last year? Who would know how the drugs would effect his coaching? Did he or Foley know? How could they? Is it uncharted territory really. So they let Addazio have more say-so, and it just didn’t work out. Maybe they though after one year he could be off the drugs. There were just too many variables looking out after the health problems were initially disclosed. If you are Foley, do you insist a coach with a two year record of 26-2 quit because he MAY not be able to coach the kids? If you are UM do you stop taking the drugs because you can no longer coach?

    UM is a good guy, Foley is a good guy. Stuff happens. This was all way out of the ordinary. If we get by with one average season we are blessed.

    A genuine thank you UM, and Jeremy Foley, and my compassion goes out to all the kids who were hurt by this year, because they couldn’t manifest what they might have been able to manifest if all had gone well.

  34. I thank ole Urby for the great run, but I stand by my comments and I’m all Gator. Thirty years worth. The moment you know you cannot give 100% be it health or family…. you let it go if you care so much. That’s not to say that he didn’t care. It just seemed as though 4 million can make you forget about emotions and when he couldn’t control them any longer he then bolted. We can sit here and ignore the truth but he was a great coach that let the rigors of the job get the best of him and didn’t know when to quit and when he did he left the program in disaray. Thank you Urban for the memories and good luck in the future. On with Muschamp and Go Gators!!!

  35. Bread..now you are totally ridiculous!!! In disaray? Come on you got to be joking…no way is the program in disaray…I’m thinking you aren’t a true Gator! Or better yet..know nothing about football..and talk about disrespect…he is Coach Meyer..not Urby..people here equate everything to money…sorry…he was worth whatever he was paid..he brought more than 4 mil to our program and university…interesting thing here is that everyone has their own take on things but the only people that know the true story is Coach Meyer, his family and Mr. Foley…all the rest is opinions and suppositions
    and we all know the old saying about opinions right?

  36. Lets not criticize Meyer for staying one more year. There were a lot of boosters pressuring him to come back, and lets not forget that his return brought in the consensus #1 recruiting class. Yes, he definitely seemed like he was not into coaching as much as he was in the past, but realize that he definitely left the program in a lot better shape and with a lot more talent than when Spurrier left with the cupboard bare. The man did more in 6 years than most coaches do in a lifetime! We should be thankful for what he did in such a short period of time, and not criticize him for being passionate for the program and not sticking with how he truly felt in his heart.

  37. So, the right thing to do would have been to hang around and fake it for a few more years? He realized this year that he wasn’t the man to do it anymore – then he let it go and tried to help the program have a smooth transition in the process. I really don’t care why he left whether it was medical, family or felt he was losing control – it doesn’t make a difference to me. He knew it was time for him to step away. If gatorbread, rooferman, Avi or some other dummy feels offended because Meyer’s reasons don’t satisfy them, well …… that is a “YOU” problem.

  38. @ M & Sam

    Did you not read what I wrote? I think you guys aren’t real Gators you guys are Meyer fans. It’s okay though, continue to bash me and others for saying thank you Meyer for the wonderful years just wish you stepped down when you couldn’t do it anymore. Boy I’m a real A-hole!

  39. Oh yea M how can you tell a grown man he can’t say Urby. Are you really that sensitive? You refer to Spurrier as SOS and he resurrected our program. I wouldn’t expect a non Gator to know that though. I bet this guy won’t even watch Florida this year. He will Tivo ESPN to watch Meyer do the pre-game.

  40. What a bunch of spoiled brats most of you are! What were we before Meyer got here? Under SS, we never beat FSU on the road. He Won 1 NC. What the heck did Zook do? How about Hall, or Pell? Come on people. Some of you talk about recruiting, we are getting better and better daily now that we have a solid staff coming in. We were top 5 until several of the coaches took higher paying positions. Most of you blame UM, I blame Brantly. He sucks! However, when you have 2 Freshmen that are still learning the system, we don’t have much of a choice. Brantly rarely got it past the D-Line without it getting blocked. The O-Coordinator (who calls the plays I might add), had no clue about play calling. He needs to stick with the line and only the line. Good luck to that sorry excuse for a coach. What Meyer did for our program was make it a powerhouse. For that, thanks. I only wish his health would have held up so he could have stayed longer. It would have only been a matter of time before Foley told Meyer to get rid of SA. Heck, maybe he did and that’s why Meyer is leaving…… Hmmmm.

  41. Atl..listen..I’ve been a Gator probably far longer than you…from birth..I was around for 0-10-1 and I probably know more Gator history than you…have had season tix since 76, never missed a home game, made it to WLOCP and several away games..earned my Masters and Specialists degrees from UF in 96…SOS stands for Steven Orr Spurrier…that is a respectful reference…it is not derogatory in anyway…in fact when UF fired Hall and Gary darnell was interim coach…the media stated the Gators were sending out an SOS to their favored son to return…you know a play on words…..why are you being so defensive..I don’t have to “bash” you..you do it to yourself…

  42. BTW.ATL where did I say YOU were a non Gator (I said maybe you were a newer Gator perhaps that didn’t realize that there was poorer Gator seasons than just this last one)? Aren’t you trying to “bash” me by stating I’m a non Gator? I’m a Gator first and foremost (have the dipomasyears of season tix to prove it ) and an Urban Meyer fan second (also loved Coach Spurrier)…you sound like an person that was upset because Steve Spurrier chose not to return and Foley hired Urban Meyer…the way you refer to Coach Meyer…just sounded disrespectful IMHO
    And why does this year all fall on Coach Meyer…how about the players not excuting the plays? Listen, I’m as disappointed as the next fan for this season, believe me…but I believe that ALL have a responsibility for this year’s poor showing…the coaches and players alike!

  43. Comment writer wanted to know, ‘why this year all fall [sic] on Coach Meyers.’ Here are a few reasons: (1) because he was in charge. (2) It was his responsibility to know that JB was incapable of running a ‘spread offense’. (3) It was his responsibility to make the needed adjustments to get the most from the available talent. (4) He was being paid over $4,000,000.00 a year to be the one in charge but did not even know that Andre Debose did not even get into a game despite being ready ‘to go’. Those are three reasons just off the top of my heads. E. Koch

  44. E Koch…I guess the players had NO responsibility at all???? We all agree the season was not what we hoped for
    Why don’t we intead of pointing fingers and blame…say “Thank You” for the 2 NC in 4 years and move on..Blaming doesn’t change or solve anything…all it does is make all of us look foolish to our rivals, counterproductive, and divides the Gator Nation…not everything equates to $ and cents….

  45. M: Although your reply to my comments is ‘interesting’, as one can see it does not address any of the reasons ‘why’ UM is professionally responsible for damaging the program and leaving Muschamp with, of all things, the job of rebuilding a program in disarray.

  46. Still don’t see your purpose in “beating a dead horse”….again…what difference does it make to constantly find “professional reasons” as to who the fault belongs to? LET’S MOVE ON!!!
    From all I have read…from people that know more than you (ie experts in the field) the program is hardly in disaray.
    That is a ridiculous statement….

  47. BTW EK…none of us actually went on this past year behind close doors in responses to your 3 professional statements of blame above…bur do you honestly believe that Coach Meyer damaged the program? Good grief…I guess for some of you it all about “what have you done for me laely” Forget all the good he did for the program, the millions he brought in for the program ( I’m sure it’s considerably more than the 4 mil that some of you continually bring up)…he had one really bad year…and it wasn’t a losing season at that…forget that he was 16-2 against our biggest rivals…forget that he averaged over 10 wins a season..I think we could cut him a little slack!
    But we can agree to disagree! We are all part of the Gator Nation…GO GATORS!!!!

  48. @ M
    Sorry if I was disrespectful to you. I wasn’t even born till ’86 so you have been a fan longer. The only reason we are beating the dead horse because writers continue to update us on Meyer. If you ask me Meyer was the best thing that ever happened to us, and no I wasn’t mad SOS isn’t back lol. In my opinion the head coach is responsible for the team so yes I blame Meyer for sorry Brantley and horrible Dumbazzio. Also I’ve been a season ticket holder for 4 years and I hope to make it 40 more. Can we please all just get along, can we get some Muschamp updates?

  49. Nothing wrong in getting updates about a former coach…
    As far as the new staff…I say actions speak louder than words…would rather SEE results of the new staff than HEAR news about the new staff
    Let them be busy getting recruits that are a fit for our university

  50. How is The Urb going to watch his kids play sports when he is traveling 3-5 days a week? Im glad ,however, that he has a “job” becaise I sure didnt think that the original idea of him hanging around for the players to come and consult with. I just think that when you quit, you need to be gone. Sorry, but that is just the way I feel. $4Mil is a hefty price for what the coaches gave us this year. Lets get on with WILL!!! He will bring it on!!….

  51. Sorry people, UM is not getting 4 mil for what he can or will do but what he has done. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the program will be better without Adazzio as a OC and will be much better without JB as the QB.

  52. Here are some givens – Meyer is to be thanked for the National Championships he helped UF achieve, for the recruits he helped bring, for the new traditions he helped create and for the way he always represented the University with dignity (some, including me, may take slight exception to that for his shading the truth regarding his final reason for leaving…saying it was 100% family when it later came out that health was still a major concern). The role of Tebow and Co. and their contribution to Meyer’s success is certainly something worth noting/debating; nevertheless, it was all under Meyer’s watch. And though I can understand and partially agree with the reasoning of those who feel Meyer was selfish in staying the extra year, I also imagine there was a lot going on behind the scenes at the time, most of which we as fans know nothing about. So, for me, that’s a wash. Therefore, this true-blue (& Orange) Gator certainly feels more gratitude toward our former coach than complaint and I thank you Coach Meyer. It was a great ride! My only complaints would be: 1.I believe Meyer allowed his friendship with Addazio to override what was best for the team. 2. As previously mentioned, Meyer was obviously not totally truthful in his final press conference. I respect his privacy but his health concerns were not exactly a secret. Bottom line – he gave time with family as THE reason for stepping down. He said he’d never seen one of his daughters’ games (unfathomable to me even though I recognize the consuming nature of his UF head coaching job). And now he’s going to work at ESPN. How many of his daughters’ games will he see yet? I do wish him well but just sayin..? Before I hail his as father of the year, while he pursues other goals I hope he’ll stay true to the reason HE gave for stepping down. I’m not saying he can’t do both. I’m saying how well he does both will speak to his integrity on the subject. May God bless him.

  53. Here are some givens – Meyer is to be thanked for the National Championships he helped UF achieve, for the recruits he helped bring, for the new traditions he helped create and for the way he always represented the University with dignity (some, including me, may take slight exception to that for his shading the truth regarding his final reason for leaving…saying it was 100% family when it later came out that health was still a major concern). The role of Tebow and Co. and their contribution to Meyer’s success is certainly something worth noting/debating; nevertheless, it was all under Meyer’s watch. And though I can understand and partially agree with the reasoning of those who feel Meyer was selfish in staying the extra year, I also imagine there was a lot going on behind the scenes at the time, most of which we as fans would know nothing about. So, for me, that’s a wash. Therefore, this true-blue (& Orange) Gator certainly feels more gratitude toward our former coach than complaint and I thank you Coach Meyer. It was a great ride! My only complaints would be: 1. I believe Meyer allowed his friendship with Addazio to override what was best for the team. 2. As previously mentioned, Meyer was obviously not totally truthful in his final press conference. I respect his privacy but his health concerns were not exactly a secret. Bottom line – he gave time with family as THE reason for stepping down. He said he’d never seen one of his daughters’ games (unfathomable to me even though I recognize the consuming nature of his UF head coaching job). And now he’s going to work at ESPN. How many of his daughters’ games will he see yet? I do wish him well but just sayin..? Before I hail his as father of the year, while he pursues other goals I hope he’ll stay true to the reason HE gave for stepping down. I’m not saying he can’t do both. I’m saying how well he does both will speak to his integrity on the subject. May God bless him to keep the main things the main things.

  54. If you knew we would have a 16-2 record against UGA, FSU and UT, have 3 – 13 win seasons, a heisman trophy winner and 2 National Championships in the 6 years, how would you feel about that? ……………….. Thats what I thought. Get off Meyer’s back. He has earned our respect. Why does it matter why he left? One guy says he stayed to long and compares him to Favre (stupid); another guy berates him for being a wuss because he left after a down year (equally stupid). Just stop it. Only he knows why he left and regardless of the reason, one of you dopes will chide him for it.

  55. Who are these mental midgets who are saying Urban Meyer is over rated as a coach? Are you being serious or just trying to fire up the message boards? If you honestly believe that you’re an idiot. The man won two national championships….Joe Paterno only has two and he’s been coaching for 84 years. You’re telling me Urban isn’t in the same class as Miles, Stoops or Saban? What have they done that Urban hasn’t besides coached longer at a big time program? He’s definitely one of the elite coaches in college today and one of the elite of all time! I only wish he would have stayed longer to have numerous more championships.

  56. My comment is about exceptional football players leaving college early for the Draft. It is of my opion that once a player enters college with a sports scholarship the scholarship should be honored for the length of time it was intended. Some college teams are deprived of winning seasons because a junior or sophomore leaves early. What are your feeling on this matter?

  57. Wish you all would give UM a break and moan about something besides what should or should not have happened to the Gators. They had a decent season considering the circumstances. Letss think about our new coach WM. I am sure it will be more interesting than UM. Go Swamp Lizards!!!

  58. I agree with both Driskell#1 and dr…please…enough Meyer bashing…I’m sure you have all heard the saying “it is better to remain silent and seem the fool than open ones mouth and remove all doubt”…some of you have been opening your mouths waaay too much and have certainly proved beyond doubt that you are a fool….let’s move on now and look to the future!!!! Go Gators!!!!!

  59. I’m reading your post M and you haven’t given it a rest. I guess your better than me though. Just don’t see where stating your opinion is disrespectful. If you are happy with Meyer staying a year too long that’s good and if your not that’s good to. It may be a young thing old Gators probably just don’t get it.

  60. Talk about not giving it a rest…look at yourself ATL..I said let’s move on and look to the future…why don’t you give your opinion a rest..we all get it …”Meyer stayed too long” in YOUR opinion…got it…I take offense however to your last statement as it is a put down of me personally…I think that is the problem for you “young” Gators…no respect for others…especially us “older” folk….
    GO GATORS!!!!!

  61. I would like to address the comment previously made about wanting more Muschanp updates and less about Coach Meyer. I clearly remember when Coach Meyer first came to Florida someone asked him about how he felt coaching under the “shadow” left by Spurrier. Without hesitating, Urban said, that “shadow” should be there and he respects that shadow. Well I say, Coach Meyer has left a huge shadow resulting from his many accomplishments at Florida and if these new coaches are smart, they will not only respect it but will aspire to the greatness of Urban Meyer. Urban Meyer left for an honorable reason and we loyal Gators should always give him the respect due someone who gave us some unbelievable and exciting years while he was coach at UF! Thanks Coach Meyer!