Former Florida football coach Urban Meyer denied another report that he’s reached a 7-year, $40 million deal to coach at Ohio State.
But Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan said he thinks Meyer will coach again, whether it’s at Ohio State or another school.
Donovan said he’s spoken to Meyer a few times in recent weeks. Donovan and Meyer are close friends and neighbors who live on the same Haile Plantation cul de sac in Gainesville.
“My guess would be, and this is not about Ohio State, will he go back and coach,” Donovan said. “Yeah, I think he will. But I think for himself he’s gotta get himself to a place where he feels good about the other aspects to his life that maybe he felt he was missing out on or wasn’t as attentive to.’
Meyer resigned from Florida last December, citing spending more time with family and his health as his main reasons for leaving. Donovan, who left Florida for six days in 2007 for the Orlando Magic before deciding to return, said that coaches can go through a feeling of of withdrawal after winning a national title. Donovan (2006, 2007) and Meyer (2006, 2008) have each won two national titles at UF.
“There are so many coaches out there chasing that thinking something is going to change and when they get it,” Donovan said. “I’m not so sure it does. I think for Urban right now, it’s that balance for him of chasing championships, his family, his health, those things. Can I balance all that? Can I make it work?”
— Florida senior point guard Erving Walker said he doesn’t plan to make any mechanical adjustments to his jump shot. Through four games this season, Walker is in an early shooting slump, making just 36.4 percent from the floor (12-33) and 27.8 percent from 3-point range. ““I would say (they are) just not falling,” Walker said. “I’m getting good looks, Coach (Donovan) said just said keep shooting those shots and stay confident.”
— Florida sophomore center Patric Young started the season 11 for 18 from the floor, but has made just 4 of his last 14 shots. Asked to evaluate his post offense, Young said: “I think I’m doing good. I may be rushing a little bit. The ball is not falling. I’ve been getting pretty good looks. I just gotta get closer post position, probably get closer to the basket. It’s a lot higher percentage the ball will fall in.”
— Former Florida guard turned UCF linebacker Ray Shipman is winding down his first college football season. In eight games, Shipman has 28 tackles (including 4.5 for loss) and one interception.