I believe Urban Meyer. Do you?

Media and fans have become justifiably skeptical any time a college football coach says he isn’t interested in a particular job and professes shock and dismay that the media would even enquire about such a thing. The problem is that usually in his denials, the coach always leaves himself a little wiggle room with phrases like:

 “I intend to be here the rest of my career” or

 

 

 “I have the best job in college football”

 or the always crowd-pleasing: “This is the only job I want.”

Urban Meyer did none of that when he returned my phone call on Wednesday. The Florida coach was emphatic:

He is not going to Notre Dame. Ever.

Well, well.

The speculation about the Florida coach and Notre Dame has been on a low burn under the surface for a while. The speculation was natural. There are ties there. He worked for Lou Holtz. His mother loves the place. She named him after a pope.

But that low burn was turned up to a full flame last week with an internet column from the state of Alabama that said “Urban Meyer is probably leaving Florida after the season to go to Notre Dame.”

“I got back from a family vacation and got hit with that by one of our recruits,” Meyer said. “He told me that other schools were saying it. So I knew I had to be very definite, very clear.”

Meyer was attending Pat Dooley’s (Gainesville Sun) charity golf tournament last Saturday when he stood before the crowd and said: “I’m not going to Notre Dame. Ever. I’m going to be the coach at Florida for a long time, as long as they want me.”

Then he told the media in the room to print it.

“It (the speculation) was just getting ridiculous,” Meyer told me. “I have a great deal of respect for Notre Dame but there is nothing there on either side.”

Now if Meyer wins his third national championship in four years and flies off to South Bend, then you can let him have it and he’ll deserve the wrath that comes his way. But I believe the guy and here’s why: It’s simply logical.

Like Meyer, I have a great deal of respect for Notre Dame. In fact, I’m going there this weekend for the College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremonies. It’s a special place. But from a football standpoint, it is simply not the same place where Holtz won a national championship in 1988.

We have had a generation of players grow up with Notre Dame rarely relevant on the national stage. They have never heard of Knute Rockne or Ara Parseghian. They know Lou Holtz because he’s on television.

Yes, Notre Dame has its own television network (NBC) but now every game is on television so that it is no longer an advantage for Notre Dame. The SEC has two television networks (CBS, ESPN). Just like the schools in the Big Ten have had a tough time recruiting the great speed players from the South, so has Notre Dame. And in today’s game you are not going to win without speed.

My Georgia friends are not going to like this but it is an undeniable fact: Steve Spurrier (1990-2001) turned Florida into one of the top three jobs in all of college football. It is the state university in the state that produces a ton of Division I-A prospects. Meyer does not have to travel very far to recruit all the talent he needs. That would not be the case at Notre Dame, where you have to recruit nationally just to have a chance. There are reasons why Urban Meyer chose Florida over Notre Dame in December of 2004. Those reasons have not changed.

Now is it possible that Urban Meyer, who just turned 45 last Friday, might someday want different challenge than winning the SEC? Sure, it’s possible. Anything is possible in the crazy business of coaching.

 But in my experience coaches leave because somebody offers them a better job for more money. Notre Dame, for all of its great tradition, is never going to be a better job than Florida. The world has changed too much. Meyer is making  $3.25 million now and his president, Bernie Machen, is on record saying Meyer should be the highest paid coach in the SEC. LSU’s Les Miles was the league’s highest-paid coach last season at  $3.751 million. Alabama’s Nick Saban will average $4 million over the life of his eight-year contract.

So Meyer is going to get paid. If he ever leaves Florida, it’s not going to be because of money. Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley stayed ahead of the curve and made Steve Spurrier the first $2 million college football coach in 1997. He is not going to let Urban Meyer walk out the door over a few million dollars.

Meyer is like any other football coach in that he has his supporters and his detractors. His supporters will almost always give him the benefit of the doubt. His detractors will not. They want him out of the SEC, just like they wanted Spurrier out when he was dominating the league. They will question the veracity of everything he says and does. That’s part of the game.

 But even Meyer’s biggest critics will admit that the man is not stupid.  After such a definitive statement, he knows that if he leaves for Notre Dame the fan and media  backlash will make what happened to Nick (“I am not going to be the coach at Alabama”) Saban look like a walk in the park.

So I believe him. Do you?

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236 comments Add your comment

PMC

July 16th, 2009
10:04 am

Yes, I do to an extent. ND has lost it’s luster and one day if there is an opportunity I’d be suprised if he didn’t consider returning to try and improve the program. That said, everything is better in Florida.

If he can keep finding QB’s (and I have no reason to suspect he won’t) he’s going to have equal or better talent to anyone. He can make 5 million a year if he wants it. As dominant as they have been, he can make himself into a modern legend… Really honestly, it’s wishful thinking that he’d just want to leave and rebuild a program… winning is fun and staying on top and winning is incredibly difficult too. He’s got a rare opportunity to be one of the all time greats at Florida.

southgadawg88

July 16th, 2009
10:05 am

…People seemed to get over Saban going to ALA pretty quick,the Petrino /Falcon disaster seems to have been forgotten already and Tommy T didn’t get all that much flak..so if Meyer did go to ND a few years from now he will get a pass too.

Okefenokee Dawg

July 16th, 2009
10:12 am

Who cares – just beat him and it won’t matter. Lame subject.

Ramblin Rick

July 16th, 2009
10:17 am

The Urban Legend ain’t going anywhere! Why would he leave Florida for that hellhole know as Notre Dam? Lousy weather, annoying fans and no talent to work with. I hope he stays at Florida and continues to destroy the mutts for years to come!

49-10
45-42

The Grinch

July 16th, 2009
10:17 am

To RAMBLE ON!!

Then be gone. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!

The Grinch

July 16th, 2009
10:19 am

To RAMBLE ON

Sorry the man-crush comments bothered you so much. I guess it hit a little to close to home, but it was true. Go back and look at your previous posts. Seriously, probably 90% of them mention Paul Johnson or Roddy Jones. Geez, dude, get your own identity. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

ThursdayRon

July 16th, 2009
10:26 am

I don’t care about Urban Meyer. I’m ready for Tebow to graduate.

Josh

July 16th, 2009
10:26 am

If he wants a real challenge, he should go to a school that doesn’t throw tons of money at their football program. Money doesn’t guarantee success but it’s sure hard to succeed without it.

Atlanta Gator

July 16th, 2009
10:28 am

Here are the top 10 reasons why Urban Meyer isn’t leaving for Notre Dame any time soon—-

1. Finebaum is an Idiot.—-Paul Finebaum is routinely and regularly wrong.

2. The Benjamins.—-Meyer is making $3 million and change now. The university president, who was responsible for hiring him at Utah and Florida, has said that Meyer deserves to be the highest-paid coach in college football. That will happen after the 2009 season. It’s a question of $4 million and change or $5 million and change. Not many schools can offer that kind of cash, and then survive a bidding war with Florida.

3. Resources.—-On the record, the UAA has the 3rd highest Division I budget in the land ($90 million in 2009-2010). Off the record, UAA is projecting revenue of $102 million for the year. The UAA just made a $6 million donation to the university’s general fund. Florida is building a new $15 million lacrosse stadium entirely with private donations.

4. Notre Dame Ain’t What It Used to Be.—-How many national championship games has Notre Dame played in since 1990? How many national championships have the Irish won in that time? Answer: Zero. The Gators have played for 4 and won 3 MNCs in 20 years, and are favorites to play for a 5th one this year.

5. Recruiting.—-Notre Dame MUST chase talent nationally to be competitive. The state of Florida has the best high school recruiting base in the country, and the Gators can cherry-pick talent outside its home state and region.

6. Stick With What Brung Ya.—-Meyer’s ties to Notre Dame consist of being named for a pope and being the ND wide receivers coach for 5 seasons. He was also and assistant at Ohio State, Illinois State, Colorado State, before being head coach at Bowling Green and Utah. He’s been the head coach of the Gators for 4 seasons, and won 2 BCS titles and 2 SEC championships. Hmm.

7. Support.—-The University of Florida has the best athletic director in the country. Period. Meyer knows that, and knows it makes him a better coach by taking much of the administrative responsibility off of his back. Be the coach, not a bureaucrat.

8. Family.—-Meyer’s youngest son does not graduate from Gainesville High School for another 6 years.

9. Florida’s Bear Bryant.—-Lightning in a bottle is tough to catch once, let alone twice at two different schools. Ask Steve Spurrier—-Urban Meyer already has.

10. Schadenfreude.—-Wishful thinking by rival fans does not make it so.

Not Disappointed

July 16th, 2009
10:32 am

Urban Meyer without a doubt can Coach and brings excitement to the game of College Football. I recall, when he first came to Florida and all the complaining by a few fans. “Would his type of offense work in the SEC?”
I believe Urban Meyer will be in Florida for a long time. He has a great back-up quarterback and loads of quality Atheletes for picking. “Like picking Fruit.” He’s in FLorida, “Do not get it TwIsTed!” UGA and Ga Tech goes there for players.

He will be there for a long time to come, which is sad for my brother, being a die hard dog fan.

“Ramblin Wreck!”

steve

July 16th, 2009
10:32 am

If you can’t beat them…hope they dissappear. ROLL RIDE.

TS

July 16th, 2009
10:38 am

Change jobs in this economy? I don’t think so!

I’m glad he put this to rest. The only thing people that FL has owned these past few years can say is, “wait until Urban goes to ND.” It ain’t happenin’. “Ever.”

DamnGoodDawg

July 16th, 2009
10:42 am

When Saint Timothy is gone, Fl will still be the top team in the SEC. But they will be more vulnerable…whatever that’s worth. Tibow is the difference at Florida right now…not Urban Crier. That said, My boy Richt will never be considered a great coach until he beats Florida regularly (at least 50%) and wins a National Championship. I see neither in the near future.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 16th, 2009
10:42 am

I think Meyer looks at coaches like Spurrier and Holtz and says to himself “dammit I don’t want to end up coaching South Carolina in my old age”. Obivously he has to give the definititive statement for recruiting purposes just in case Wei$$ has a break out year and wins 8 or 9 games and Notre Dame decides to re-up his contract because he beat all four service academies plus the Coast Guard. Just like Saban didn’t want to interrupt his great recruiting class while he was head coach at the Dolphins.

baconboy

July 16th, 2009
10:45 am

Tony, what is interesting from your column is how carefully you avoid using Finebaum’s name and the substance of his article. There’s a difference between a columnist speculating about why someone might leave (as many of the people here in the com boxes are doing) and flat out calling a man a liar based only on speculation and no real facts. As a journalist, Tony, I’m wish you hadn’t sidestepped the ethical implications of the story on Finebaum’s side and instead only focused on Urban. Do you think that Finebaum crossed a line? Would you call a coach a liar based only on speculation about what might happen in the future?

Atlanta Gator

July 16th, 2009
10:46 am

gdawg~zoo—-” . . . all four service academies plus the Coast Guard.” (?)

Gen Neyland

July 16th, 2009
10:51 am

He’ll have to keep the program clean, avoid the dreaded scandals and keep the love alive in the Bog…

Jeff Sanchez

July 16th, 2009
10:51 am

This is a long term process (building a football program). I always say there are only about eight or 10 really good football programs where year in and year out they win.”
Source: Urban Meyer Press Conference, November 13, 2002

“We are nowhere near what we can do here. That’s what’s driving me right now. Everybody’s worried about those other places; nothing’s going on.”
Source: Bowling Green Sentinel, December 6, 2002

“I was contacted by one, but I’m not interested. I love it here. We have a lot of work to do. That’s the bottom line.”
Source: Bowling Green Sentinel, December 6, 2002

“With recruits, that’s been for two years, even before we won. [They say,] ‘that guy’s not going to be there very long’; that’s silly … The future is fantastic here … I’m proud to be the football coach here. Once they get to know me, know my family, know how important it is to have continuity, my kids going to school somewhere.”
Source: Bowling Green Sentinel, December 6, 2002

“I think you all but guarantee that you are one of the top two, three teams in the league every year if you get that [new athletic facility] here. I feel so strong about the academics, about the community, the environment, about the people. It’s the last piece; it’s a significant piece.”
Source: Bowling Green Sentinel, December 6, 2002

“In the words of any Bowling Green football player today: ‘I thought we were your family.’ Bowling Green’s players are understandably angry at Meyer for leaving. Every day he would preach team loyalty. Meyer carried his we-are-family concept to the extreme, even bunking in the same dorm with the Falcons during preseason workouts.”
Source: Toledo Blade, December 13, 2002

“Notre Dame is my dream job.”
Source: Memory, January 1, 2003

“It [leaving Bowling Green] was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was devastating. I didn’t realize — and maybe I wasn’t thinking clearly — but I thought it was going to be one of those things where you shake hands, give a big hug and say ‘good luck.’”
Source: Deseret News, October 5, 2004

“First of all, I love it here. But I’m second fiddle. My family is No. 1, and they love it here. As long as we’re filling the stadium, as long as we’re continuing to grow as a program and as long as I feel these student-athletes are getting the best opportunity to be a top 25 program — which I think it is — I’m going to be the coach here.”
Source: Deseret News, October 30, 2004

“I plan on coaching here for a long time.”
Source: Deseret News, November 15, 2004

“Meyer told the New York Times last week, ‘I’m chicken. It would be excruciating to leave. When I left Bowling Green, it was the worst three months.’”
Source: Deseret News, November 17, 2004

“Wrote Mike Sorenson, ‘It’s been well-documented that Meyer’s wife, Shelley, was a big factor in Meyer taking the Utah job. She wanted to move back to the West because she enjoyed the family’s time in Colorado when he was an assistant at Colorado State. Shelley and the kids seem to love the outdoor lifestyle, and she has told friends and neighbors that they aren’t going anywhere.’”
Source: Deseret News, November 17, 2004

“Mike Sorenson wrote, ‘Some folks may question his loyalty because he left Bowling Green after just two years. But Meyer has said, the six months after that was one of the hardest times of his life, because he felt so bad for leaving. Does he really want to go through that again just two years later?’ [um, yes.]”
Source: Deseret News, November 17, 2004

“I plan on coaching at Utah next year. There’s been no contact made. Period. It’s almost comical. We’re playing the biggest game in the history of the school and we’re talking about that. That’s nothing to do with nothing. [Shelley Meyer served her employer 2-weeks notice the next day.]”
Source: Deseret News, November 17, 2004

“Wrote Antony A Engligh, “Shelley will be heavily involved in Meyer’s next move. ‘She’s a coach’s wife, that’s what she does for a living,’ Bud Meyer said. ‘It’s a big job. It’s a job that she (wants) to be informed, but she does a very good job.’””
Source: St. Petersburg Times, November 17, 2004

“There’s been no contact and I really don’t anticipate any. I’m certainly not looking for a job. I love where I’m coaching.”
Source: Deseret News, November 18, 2004

“When asked by a young boy if he was going to be the coach next year, Urban replied very directly, ‘I plan on being the coach at the University of Utah next year.’”
Source: Urban Meyer Coach’s Show, November 18, 2004

“As long as I’m married, I’ll be the coach at Utah. [exact date unknown, source is a local sports show]”
Source: Memory, November 20, 2004

“Though Meyer is frequently mentioned as a candidate for more lucurative coaching jobs, he denies any contact has been made. ‘I’m not out looking, so if someone’s waiting for me to pick up the phone it’s not going to happen,’ said Meyer. And there’s little chance of that over the next four days. Meyer plans to turn his telephone off over the holiday break while he spends lost time with his family. He isn’t expecting a lot of calls, anyhow. Word is out that he loves Utah, Meyer explained, and schools are funny about that. Despite speculation to the contrary, including a Florida fan-based Web site that reported a deal with Meyer has already been reached, the coach insists he represents himself. And that no talks have taken place. ‘I don’t have an agent. People are trying to get me to have one, but I’m just not comfortable with that kind of stuff,’ said Meyer. ‘I’m coaching my team and taking care of my family.’”
Source: Deseret News, November 24, 2004

“[When asked about Florida:] No. I have no real comment. All I keep saying is I plan on being the coach here at Utah.”
Source: Deseret News, November 30, 2004

” It’s not about prestige and it’s certainly not about money. In today’s climate, you don’t have time to build a program. Too many coaches are let go before they can build a program.”
Source: Deseret News, December 2, 2004

“I’m going to a place where I think we can really win, because no good can come of losing. Losing is never good.”
Source: Deseret News, December 2, 2004

“I’m the head coach at Utah. If for some reason I’m not, I still anticipate coaching in the bowl game.”
Source: Deseret News, December 3, 2004

“This was a family decision. University of Florida has been in the mix since the day, uh [pause] after our rival game. … There was no intention to hurt a great university [Notre Dame], including this university [Utah the afterthought].”
Source: ESPN SportsCenter, December 4, 2004

“Recruiting at Utah doesn’t start ’till January. That’s when these kids that wanted to go to USC and UCLA find out they won’t be and then the Utes get them.”
Source: Press Conference, December 4, 2004

“I didn’t want to put Utah into disarray. I had to do this now to protect Utah.”
Source: KUTV News, December 4, 2004

“I am certainly excited about the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Florida. There were a lot of factors that went into this decision that our entire family had to consider. The opportunity to compete at the highest level at one of the nation’s most-respected academic institutions is something that was attractive for us.”
Source: GatorZone.com, December 4, 2004

“The quality of recruits within the state of Florida and the Southeast Region offers a tremendous recruiting base for us.”
Source: GatorZone.com, December 4, 2004

“There’s no such thing as luck, there’s a big word called investment. If there was luck, why work as hard as we do. I’ve never been involved in a game where the most invested team lost.”
Source: GatorZone.com, December 4, 2004

“[Referring to Florida:] This is a place you can put your feet down hopefully for a long time.”
Source: ESPN, December 7, 2004

“I have no aspirations to coach in the NFL None whatsoever. It’s all about the pageantry and tradition of college football, which in my opinion is second to none.”
Source: ESPN, December 7, 2004

“This is a place you can put your feet down for a long time. It’s over [moving every 2 years]. I’m not doing this again.”
Source: GatorSports.com, December 8, 2004

“If he goes to the NFL, you can call me a liar,” his wife, Shelley, said. “That’s not happening.”
Source: GatorSports.com, December 8, 2004

“In the words of any Bowling Green football player today: ‘I thought we were your family.’ Bowling Green’s players are understandably angry at Meyer for leaving. Every day he would preach team loyalty. Meyer carried his we-are-family concept to the extreme, even bunking in the same dorm with the Falcons during preseason workouts.”
Source: Toledo Blade, December 13, 2004

“I’m not going to Notre Dame. Ever.”
Source: Pat Dooley, It’s Always Sunny in Gainesville, July 13, 2009

Miles

July 16th, 2009
10:51 am

Notre Dame has always had to recruit nationally as opposed to regionally. Why, then, is it now that Notre Dame (with its tradition, history, etc.) can’t recruit top athletes? The entire thing seems very strange to me. Some people have made reference to their academic standards. Is this true?

BYRON MCCORKLE

July 16th, 2009
10:52 am

BEFORE URBAN MEYER GOES TO NOTRE DAME HE WOULD COACH AT OHIO STATE, OHIO PERSON BORN & RAISED (ASHTABULA) COACH AS ASSISTANCE AT OSU, CINCINNATI, AND HIGH SCHOOL CONNECTIONS TO OHIO, COACH AT BOWLING GREEN, AND I BELIEVE HAS A RELATIVE RELATIONSHIP IN FAMILY TO EARL BRUCE (OLE 9-3 EARLE) SO THAT IS MORE OF A POSSIBILITY THAN NOTRE DAME. HOWEVER AS SAID IN COLUMN WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE FLORIDA FOR NOTRE DAME IT RECRUIT BASE IS NEXT TO NOTHING NOW, AS OPPOSED TO FLORIDA OR OHIO

Leon "Pooch-Kick" Trotsky

July 16th, 2009
10:56 am

Jeff Sanchez,

That’s like reading War & Peace

bull-gator

July 16th, 2009
10:56 am

If he ever leaves UF it will be to the NFL to run his spread offense. The NFL will be running variations of it over the next few years and Meyer will be there to perfect it into a Super Bowl win. I suspect if he wins a 3rd or 4th BCS Championship over the next 3-5 years you can color him gone…like to Miami, Tampa Bay or Jacksonville.

READY

July 16th, 2009
10:56 am

Please leave before CMR moves the game out of Jacksonville, college’s greatest venue.

G8R GRAD

July 16th, 2009
10:58 am

It seems to me that if we are going to lose Coach Meyer to anyone it’s going to be the NFL. For the same reasons SOS left. Like Spurrier Meyer has been successful in the collegiate ranks and at some point may see the pros as the logical next step.
Think about it, the “Wildcat” offense has enjoyed significant popularity of recent in the NFL because of its theoretical offensive advantage (eliminating the “extra” defender freed up after a QB executes the play)), so the logical next step in that progression is to install a full-blown spread offense. Who better to ask to do so but one of the biggest proponents of it. Add to that the apparent trend of many of the QB’s being recruited these days are the run/pass progeny of Tim Tebow.
If UM goes anywhere, my money’s on the pros.
His success there is anybody’s guess (see SOS), but IMHO, it’s the strongest possibility.

HH

July 16th, 2009
10:59 am

Urban can hang around UF as long as he wants. The other schools who constantly whine about Urban’s hanging around, and I can think of one in particular, should quit worrying about it and have guts enough to go out and find and hire a coach who can compete with him. So far, I don’t see any of them making any moves to do it. If they are all satisfied about being #2 in the East or runner-up in the SEC, then they should shut up. For your own sake, don’t let your attachment to a particular coach because he’s “this or that” kind of guy stop you. There’s some coach out there coaching at some level of college football right now who has the “smarts and the drive” to compete with Urban and not blink. All you have to do is get up off your a__ and go out there and find him. But if your too damn happy with ten victories a year, or whatever, to make any effort, then simply shut up. You have the money; at least one of you does. Otherwise quit whining.

Huh?

July 16th, 2009
10:59 am

If I’m not mistaken Jeff Sanchez just laid the smack down. Please confirm.

TideRules

July 16th, 2009
11:06 am

After about 10 more years he may leave, after winning 3-4 more national titles, but he’s not leaving anytime soon, especially since ND will not pay $4-5 mil per year that Florida will. Plus, he gets tons of endorsement cash from all these florida corporations and can recruit a ton of talent within a few hours of campus. He’s got the dream job now, just like Saban at Bama.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 16th, 2009
11:06 am

Atl Gator, I should have said three plus the Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. My bad.

Anybody questioning the ability for ND to match any offers monetarily is just plain crazy. The other factors I will give you but the jack would be no problem for ND. Recruiting the same way with a top notch coach like Meyer would be no problem.

IRISH25

July 16th, 2009
11:07 am

WE DON’T WANT HIM!!!!

reservoirDAWG

July 16th, 2009
11:10 am

I don’t know what the future holds, but he’d be a fool to leave UF for ND.

CharlotteGator

July 16th, 2009
11:14 am

Jeff Sanchez,

Although long, that’s a very good post. Can’t say that I’ve seen many of those quotes before. Obviously nothing to argue there as that is what he said at those different points in his life/career. My first thought is things change as well as people change their minds/feelings, we just don’t have to do it in the paper, on radio, or TV so there’s no record of our flip-flopping. I’d also like to think the circumstances at each school were different, but in all honesty, something might look more attractive than UF in the future. I don’t think it’s ND, but as always I could be wrong. It does seem like he regretted leaving Bowling Green which is an interesting insight, but all in all, as to the question originally posed, I do believe him in that he’s not leaving to go coach at ND. Doesn’t mean he won’t leave though.

dap01

July 16th, 2009
11:14 am

Who cares? But seriously, would you leave the SEC and Florida to go to Notre Dame? ND’s big games are against Navy. I don’t think so.

ND is not one of the big schools anymore. They are as stale as the contract that they signed with NBC. Now neither NBC or ND or revelant.

Atlanta Gator

July 16th, 2009
11:16 am

Jeff Sanchez—-Sorry that NFL opportunity with Detroit didn’t work out for you, but there is life after football, right?

Quite a list of quotes you have there. You have either spent a lot of time or found the mother load on someone else’s column. In any event, the repetitive weight of the ten years of Urban Meyer quotes does not change the simple facts:

1. In 2002, Utah was a better job than Bowling Green.

2. In 2004, Florida was a better job than Utah.

3. In 2009, Notre Dame is not a better job than Florida.

I would never begrudge anyone the opportunity to accept a better job, for more pay, better working conditions, or new and greater professional challenges. But, on that basis, I don’t see Urban Meyer leaving any time soon. Only the challenge of rebuilding yesteryear’s dynasty could possibly offer any attraction . . .

Please feel free to offer up some more quotes pertinent to these facts.

Got 12?

July 16th, 2009
11:17 am

If ND fires Weiss after this season, UM will not take the job for two reasons:

1. He wants to prove that his system is what wins championships, not just one player
2. His son is too young to uproot

If ND or Ohio St. open up a couple of years down the road, and he’s gone. In his biography, UM states that ND is his dream job. Also in the book, he states that ND, Ohio St and Mich are jobs he would take regardless of what his wife has to say about it.

the Future

July 16th, 2009
11:17 am

i don’t think he’s going anywhere.wishfull thinking dawg fans.i hope he stays another 10 or 20 years.Gators Own the Dawgs and thats a fact.

Ramblinwreck1378

July 16th, 2009
11:18 am

God I love the Georgia fans on here that are firmly stating that he is leaving at the end of the year, and there’s no shot of him coming back.. Blah Blah Blah.

Personally, I have no idea if the guy is gone at the end of this year, next year, or this decade. But what I do know is that Georgia fans should really stop trying to talk themselves into thinking he’s leaving. Just get better and beat him more than once. I mean seriously, man up and stop hoping he’s going to run away so you don’t have to deal with him. You sound like a bunch of sissys.

gatorman770

July 16th, 2009
11:19 am

WhiningRicht and the rest of the lowlifescumbag coaches that spread the lies that “Urban is leaving the Gators” to sway recruits are the one’s that cause this subject to keep coming up.
WhiningRicht will leave the curgawgs and return to Florida State loooooong before Urban leaves the Gators!

Ramblinwreck1378

July 16th, 2009
11:20 am

And Irish, please tell me. If you don’t want Urban Meyer, then who do you want? Because it damn sure isn’t Charlie Weis. That fat sack of crap couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. Notre Dame is a non-factor.

Joey

July 16th, 2009
11:20 am

I am one Dawg fan who doesn’t despise Meyer. I think a lot of us would trade Richt for Myer is we had the chance. They are both great recruiters, but the comparisons end there. Myer doesn’t tolerate mediocrity in his assistants (Richt does), is a great sideline coach (Richt is not), and when he has the talent and gets in the big game, he seals the deal. He has made UF the biggest name in college football and probably the only thing that could lure him away is the NFL. Bill Belichick visits two college head coaches during the off-season to lear their new offensive and defensive schemes. Saban and Meyer. No, he doesn’t visit Athens…

[...] Houston Nutt and Bobby Petrino just missed the cut.Tony Barnhart — also of The AJC — believes Florida’s Meyer when he says he’s staying put in Gainesville.  (I do, too… where’s he gonna find a better job?)New Georgia assistant [...]

Atlanta Gator

July 16th, 2009
11:22 am

Charlotte Gator—-Regarding Bowling Green . . . we all remember our first love, but that doesn’t mean we all married our high school sweetheart.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 16th, 2009
11:24 am

Just to put it on the record, this Georgia fan doesn’t care if Meyer stays or goes. Wishing that he leaves so that we might be able to beat Florida IS NOT the way to go about turning this series around in our favor again. Putting more points on the scoreboard is. Fielding a team that never lets up for 60 minutes is.

G8R GRAD

July 16th, 2009
11:32 am

Joey:
With all the speculation as to where/what position Tebow would play in the NFL, don’t you think Coach Belichick would LOVE to see Tim passed over as a QB for a TE or HB position by other teams and grab him for the Pats’ and install a spread offense hybrid there?
With the injury to his QB last year, NE was considerably hamstrung.
What better hedge against a repeat of that nightmare than to rotate a Tebow in and capitalize on the added threat of a Wildcat offense with a true throwing running back?

CharlotteGator

July 16th, 2009
11:36 am

Atlanta Gator,

Good point. I really wish I had some witty comeback like “Carla was the prom queen” like Cage in The Rock, but sadly I do not.

Ramblin Rick

July 16th, 2009
11:37 am

49-10

Please confirm ASAP

OldRat

July 16th, 2009
11:38 am

“Class of 98″, lay off that Paul Johnson stuff. You are just concerned that he might be able to steal some speed out of the state of Florida, if his success continues at The North Avenue School For Boys.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 16th, 2009
11:39 am

G8R GRAD, IMO the reason that most likely won’t happen is because of the pounding that Tebow would take. He is one tough dude who can receive a hit as well as he can give one but at that level he would not last very long in the league. In college, some guys hit hard, in the NFL they all hit hard.

GSUEAGLE98

July 16th, 2009
11:48 am

I wish Dawg fans would stop wishing Urban Meyer and Tebow would leave. Please!!!!!! If you want to be the best, beat the best. It has been done before.
Go Eagles!!!!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

July 16th, 2009
11:50 am

Charlotte Gator—-One caveat: Unless you’re the Evil Genius, and your wife ‘Jeri was the homecoming queen.” The Rock ain’t got nothin’ on the Evil Genius. LOL

G8R GRAD

July 16th, 2009
11:50 am

Gdawg:
Precisely the point of the Wildcat offense’s improvement by a true throwing rinning back:
The “extra” defender must commit to covering the run, or the pass (but can’t obviously do both) freeing the playmaker to enjoy blocking protection (presumably of all run defenders) when running or simply dump the ball upfield or in the flats before the pass coverage can unload on him.