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

Pope Pius Gator I

July 16th, 2009
11:50 am

“It’s not going to happen.”

(And, yes, I am speaking ex cathedra.)

bamabelle in ga

July 16th, 2009
11:57 am

To rocksteadyfreddie,
you ask “in all honesty, what do a bunch of national titles won before 1950 have to do with winning football games and landing bigtime recruits in 2009?” (referring to Notre Dame’s tradition)…
Change the date you refer to, to 1993 and I’ll answer that question. The players at Alabama are aware of and very proud of our history just as ND players most certainly are. You are wrong that recruits don’t care about NC history. Ask our recruits. They know. They care. There is a plan in place to revisit that history SOON! It’s only the teams that don’t have strong championship histories that make the sour grapes comment that you made. Given the opportunity to have a “history” or not, I think you’d choose to have.

the Future

July 16th, 2009
11:58 am

tebow ia a great player. and turns into super man when he plays the dawgs.

His Eminance

July 16th, 2009
12:01 pm

Pope Pius Gator I!

Now THAT’S funny. I don’t care who ya are!

Ute fan In Georgia

July 16th, 2009
12:01 pm

As a Ute fan living here in Georgia, I have heard this before, and I think Urban Meyer is the biggest lying two faced snake out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to leave Florida with Tebow.

Jeff Sanchez

July 16th, 2009
12:03 pm

In the interest of full disclosure, I got that list of Meyer quotes from commenter “Dawg in Florida” on the UGA blog “Get the Picture” (required daily reading for Dawg fans)

http://www.blutarsky.wordpress.com

Denver Dog

July 16th, 2009
12:03 pm

Urban Meyer says he isn’t going anywhere, why should he? If ND wants to get him, they will have to get his interest first, which they don’t have. Whoever the fools are that say they wish he would leave, are just that fools. I hope he stays for as long as he wants. UGA is competitive with UF, and if that is not good enough for everyone then tough! He is one heck of a coach, and UGA gets’ to play against his team every year. The fun thing about college football is that it changes every year, there are no franchise players, no long term contracts, just a few years to get the most out of the players. UM does that, and it is a credit to him and his program.

I am as big a UGA fan as there is, and I hate losing to UF as we have the last few years (20). If you want to win the crown, you have to beat the champ. Whether we like it or not, at least right now, UM and UF are the champs. Whether we like it or not, Tim Tebow is one heck of a player, motivator, and a shining example for all of college sports. Wouldn’t it be nice to see more like him than like OJ, or Ray L.

Wish them the best, and if ND offers him something he wants, wish him the best then. Right now, let’s hope we concentrate on OK State and all the game that follow.

Go Dawgs

RxDawg

July 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

He’s not going to Notre Name. I don’t want him gone as a dawg fan. I want to beat him fair and square. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. If Urban goes anywhere it’l be the NFL. Thats it.

BCS Champs Again

July 16th, 2009
12:07 pm

Of course we believe him…just like I believed Saban when he said he was not going leave the Dolphins to go coach a bama….

missed it

July 16th, 2009
12:07 pm

Hey got 12 he could care less about “his system” he wants to win championships and he has already proven he can do that TWICE and Tebow wasn’t but a role player in 2006.

Besides he preaches defense and special teams more than offense and those 2 were more of a factor in his 2 titles than his “system” was.

Got 12 but nothing in quite a while....

July 16th, 2009
12:10 pm

He is staying…..

the Future

July 16th, 2009
12:11 pm

Nice post Denver Dawg well said.

G8R GRAD

July 16th, 2009
12:13 pm

Ute fan:

A scary , but plausble, prospect.

warhorse

July 16th, 2009
12:17 pm

Urban still has something to prove at Florida. He must apply the annual Jacksonville beatdown for a few more years in order to equal the Spurs as the hated foe of the poodles. All these wishful dreamers from dawgland (most of whom probably have never been to any state north of Tennessee) who claim he is going to the Dome will just have one more bit of vitriol to swallow.

Urban owns the poodles and will for a long time to come. Get accustomed to it and enjoy your punishment.

Colorado Dawg

July 16th, 2009
12:21 pm

I wanted to post a little information about Tony that my fellow bloggers might enjoy knowing. Tony is going to South Bend, Indiana this week-end to accept the 2009 Bert McGrane Award which is symbolic of being inducted into the Football Writers Association Hall of Fame. Regardless of whether you agree with Tony on some issues, he should be congratulated on winning this award. To be inducted into the Football Writers Hall of Fame on the same week-end that some outstanding players and coaches are being inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame is impressive. Way to go Tony and thank you for writing about the best sport in God’s country.

Tide4u2c

July 16th, 2009
12:35 pm

I hope Urban Meyer does’nt leave Florida because I like the SEC to be a tough conference and have great coaches coaching in the conference but I have a feeling he would leave for Notre Dame if the timing was right.In his book he said it was his dream job.

Now as long as he is at Florida he wants to do well there so he is going to deny it.He does not want it effecting recruiting just in case the timing,etc is not right and he can’t go for some reason.

There are Notre Dame fans that secretly hope Weiss loses again this year again so they can fire him and hire Urban Meyer.It is talked about amongst Notre Dame fans they would love for Urban Meyer to come to Notre Dame and they talk about it.

Now there is no way of knowing for sure what he will do or what will happen but I tend to think he would leave if the situation was right, does’nt mean I would like it though.

athensdawg

July 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

who cares!!!!!

dawg fans, why does this worry or bother you? if we take care of business, it won’t matter who the freaking coach of the gators is. (as we proved during our dominance in the Dooley era.)

i hope urban leaves (whine.) urban is a cryer (whine) urban is a lyer (whine.)

BEAT FREAKIN URBAN ON THE FIELD AND IT ALL DOESN’T MATTER.

of course, after being called out in the print media by Urban….the mighty Fighting Staffords went down and showed what they were made of last year. That first hit that Knowshown took told me that if we didn’t stand up, this game was over….and look what happened…..

until we start playing hard nosed smack em in the mouth football, UGA will never regain dominance in the series…..no matter who is coaching.

i hope he stays. it makes the sec better. in fact, i hope every great coach eventually comes to the sec, so that we can warm up by beating the crap out of each other, and then destroy whomever the computers deem “worthy” enough to play an SEC team for the national championship.

TS

July 16th, 2009
12:48 pm

I don’t care what he said in his book about Notre Dame being his dream job. I used to want to be a fireman but that is not what I grew up to be. Notre Dame would not be a job change it would be a career change. Goodbye recruiting, support from administration, 65 degree highs in January, and any semblance of the facilities and support he has at UF.

Tide4u2c

July 16th, 2009
12:57 pm

Don’t think that Notre Dame could’nt recruit well if Urban Meyer did go there.You would see a media frenzy by Notre Dame fans probably similar to when Saban came to Alabama.Weiss has recruited well there which is even more reason why Notre Dame fans are getting tired of him.Again it is not my hope that Urban Meyer leaves Florida.

POAD the CHOADE

July 16th, 2009
1:04 pm

Ramblin Rick,

I know it seems like a dream because it happens so rarely, but GT actually beat UGA last year. You can stop hiding behind UF now.

It is kinda like all the UGA fans reminding you of 38-3, pathetic really!

TS

July 16th, 2009
1:06 pm

I hear you but these 17 year old kids running a 4.35 fourty yard dash in Gainesville’s backyard aren’t familiar with ND. When was the last marquee match-up ND had? Navy? When you flip on the tube on Saturday nights in the South you see what college football is all about.

I know I look at this thing through orange-and-blue glasses but I just don’t see ND being the job he would leave for.

Got 12?

July 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

Missed It,

If he could care less about his system, he would have used a pro-style offense when Leak was his primary quarterback. He won the championship on defense so, if the system didn’t matter, he should have had no problem with coaching to Leak’s strengths.

He hears all the talk that Tebow is why he won last year. (Again, it was the defense with assistance from Harvin and Tebow.) As do most successful people, he loves a challenge and would like to prove that it wasn’t all Tebow.

Ali Akbar Allah

July 16th, 2009
1:14 pm

“Everybody’s worried about those other places; nothings going on,” Meyer told the media last week in his final media gathering of the season. “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. The future is fantastic here . . . I’m proud to be the football coach here.”

Urban Meyer December, 2002 after being asked if he was leaving Bowling Green for Utah

Wally Gator

July 16th, 2009
1:21 pm

Tony’s question was, “Do you believe what he says?”

I do not believe any coach who is continually put into a corner to provide absolute statements regarding the hypothetical. Tony’s statement that if he did go to ND after saying he wouldn’t would create an unbelievable media backlash is certainly true but consider what the media frenzy be if he left the door open now by saying he would consider ND if offered?

Coaches say what they have to say to keep everyone happy until such time as they have an absolute offer and subsequently have an actual decision to make. Only then will they know what they are going to do. Most anybody would welcome all options available for their career.

He is smart to play it this way and no, I don’t necessarily believe him.

Me

July 16th, 2009
1:21 pm

Tony, this article is precisely why you are MR COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Not MR GEORGIA FOOTBALL as many of you readers would like. It is why you are the most read, the most quoted and the most respected football journalist in the South, if not the entire country. I don’t always agree with what you write but I always see your logic behind it. Thank you and please continue to use that logic and reason along with no “bull” non biased thinking in your future articles. I, along with millions, will continue to read.

CharlotteGator

July 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

TS,

Completely agree. The only way he goes to ND is to rebuild and start from the bottom again. Looking at the arc of his career, I don’t think that’s how he operates. In my opinion, he seems to step up to schools with more advantages than his prior stop. Right now, the only school I see like that is USC. USC has all the advantages of Florida (recruiting, appeal, notoriety, etc.) without the biggest problem at UF, the rest of the SEC. If he wants to coast, then the USC job allows that, but if he wants to compete and be challenged at all times, then nothing gets better than life in the SEC.

rx-dawg

July 16th, 2009
1:24 pm

I don’t want him to leave….I think the rivalry is starting to heat up. But, that said, if I was supremely confident in my abilities as a coach, and had no particular ties to another large university, I would want (in no order) either ND, Alabama, Michigan or USC head coaching jobs. They are hands down the schools with the most history behind them. If you take one of those schools to the top, you become a legend in the game. Meyer could get there with a lot of years at Florida, but he could get there with much less at one of those schools. Why do we still talk about Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, Bryant, Frank Thomas, Yost, Schembechler, McKay,Carroll. Why do you think Bama’s resurgence last year was so covered? Florida is a great job in a loaded state, but they lack the history, notoriety and fanbase (sometimes hidden) of the even bigger programs. Win at Florida and you are a great coach…win at ND and you become the game, not just part of it.

Todd

July 16th, 2009
1:25 pm

as a Ga. fan do I really give a crap if Urban Myer goes to Notre Dame or not. Could be the most overrated thing going in the SEC.

let’s talk about how great he is over an 8 yr. span at UF.

the guy is as lucky as Vince Dooley when it came to inheritence. Dooley got Herschel, went 6-5 in 1979, Myer inherits Tebow and Zook’s defense, gets over after the crying episode at LSU and 9-4 or whatever FL posted the year before Tebow showed up.

Myer is a great fit at FL and knows what he’s doing, no doubt, but come on, let’s check in on him over an 8yr span.

Sanford Drive

July 16th, 2009
1:28 pm

Urban isn’t going anywhere. Why would he? He’s building a dynasty there. It would be stupid for him to leave. And if you think he’s leaving anytime soon, congratulations, you’re an idiot.

Otto

July 16th, 2009
1:35 pm

I have read the quote and as a whole Urban handled job changes better than Saban. Even if Urban leaves, which I believe he won’t, it is his choice and right.

Do you think the school will stick by him if the program starts to slide? No the days of coaches staying around 25 years and having down turns is gone. Fulmer is an example. The school are in it for their best interest as are the coaches. IMO ND offers nothing over UF.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 16th, 2009
1:40 pm

Urban will be gone to ND after this year, if Weiss doesn’t pull his panties up and produce wins!! UF will not be as good after Tebow leaves. He is a winner, and they only come around ever so often.

To bamabelchnGA…AAHHHH SHUTAAUUPPP!!

TS

July 16th, 2009
1:41 pm

CharGator– I would take that scenrio for Meyer over ND. Much more of a lateral move and a program that wouldn’t need rebuilding. The only thing that comes to mind is why would he want to move out of a district represented by Corrine Brown?

CharlotteGator

July 16th, 2009
1:42 pm

Todd,

Not entirely accurate. Tebow was not inherited, he was Myer’s first recruit. He had a partial recruiting season in 2004 and the first full one in 2005 when Tebow, Harvin, Spikes came along, all Meyer guys.

True he inherited a talented defense, but he made something of those players. Many on offense and defense were there prior to Meyer, but Zook didn’t get as much out of them. Only Reggie Nelson, Everett, C. Ingram, and Siler were the inherited stars (full credit to Zook). Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey were there but hadn’t done anything up until that point (I can give Zook half credit on those). Stephen Harris and Joe Cohen (starting DT’s), Dallas Baker (starting WR), Deshawn Wynn (starting RB), Brian Crum (starting LB), and Reggie Lewis (starting CB) were all either jokes or underachievers prior to Meyer. He also brought Ryan Smith (the other starting CB from Utah).

Saying Meyer is lucky is not an honest assessment. Checking back on him in 8 yrs. is something I’d love to take you up on. The first 4 years have been great and the next 4 are set up to give him a chance at continued success. Maybe not 2 or 3 more NC’s but that’s OK, right now he’s on par with USC who hasn’t had a title in a few years but is still considered to be at the top.

Gator Growl

July 16th, 2009
1:44 pm

Despite the wishful or misguided thinking of many rival fans as well as some select rival media members with an agenda(see Paul Finebaum), Urban Meyer is going nowhere soon. I don’t know how much more definitive and clear he can make it. Other than a lie detector test or being waterboarded what else can he say to make it more direct?? Most of the rival fans still insisting he’s leaving have a very apparent agenda…to propagate the rumor and keep it alive so that eventually it hurts Florida recruiting and somehow diminishes the National Championships it has won and therefor hurt its potential for future accomplishments. Not gonna happen. I am not surprised that this would finally come to a head and that someone in Alabama would be pointing the biggest finger, after all when it comes to the evidence of a coach lying thru his teeth, they have Exibit A sitting right there in Tuscaloosa.

CharlotteGator

July 16th, 2009
1:46 pm

Sorry. I’m an idiot. Left out Chris Leak.

Gator Mike

July 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

It is good to see that everyone is getting fired up. As a Gator, I am a huge Urban Meyer fan. I also believe it is equally important that the Dawgs support Mark Richt who is also an outstanding coach. The same goes for the Bama fans and all of the other SEC schools – even UT with their new coach.
Injuries can ruin a team. Look what happened to UGA last year. Before the season started, they mirrored what everyone is saying about UF this year. We should all remember that SEC Football is great because of the competition we share while we cheer for a bunch of very young guys. Each school in the SEC is academically superb in many, but not all, fields. The Gators are on top now, and I hope they are there at the end of the year. UF has a bulls eye on their helmets as did the Dawgs last year.
We will enjoy watching it all play out this fall in the great SEC.
Go Gators!

Tide4u2c

July 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

There are no guarantess with any coach.

As a Alabama fan we hear rumors all the time about Saban leaving Alabama in a few years,as a matter of fact according to some he should’ve already been gone(Auburn fans are the worst).

Now as a Alabama fan I want Saban to stay and see very little reason why he would leave especially at his age.I believe Saban when he says “Alabama is his last stop until he retires to his lakehouse in Georgia” but deep down I know there are no guarantees with any coach all you can do is enjoy it and hope for the best.

And if Weiss is fired Notre Dame will probably come after Saban too if they could’nt get Urban Meyer,of course I don’t think Saban would go,but it is Notre Dame one of only a few places I might could see as a potential threat.Saban has only moved up in his job changes and most anybody could see reasons why it was a good move.

Saban is building a powerhouse team in Tuscaloosa,you can tell he wants to win a NC (maybe even a few) then probably retire to his lakehouse in Georgia and go out on top.Going to Notre Dame would set him back and at his age I just could’nt see it.

Urban Meyer is younger though. Again not my hope Urban Meyer leaves Florida I like the tough competition in the SEC.

St. Richt

July 16th, 2009
1:50 pm

The best job in college football is not Notre Dame or Florida…
It is at the University(sic) of Georgia. Mark Richt has it made. He gets a free spray on tan every week and was crowned National Champion on Aug 1 2008. Doest get any sweeter than that. He also has the best defensive coordinator in the game today, if not ever. That run at and bounce off ball carrier style of defense is just what is needed to take down those pesky ball handlers tryin to score. Dawgs rule!

Got 12?

July 16th, 2009
1:50 pm

To all the rival fans praying out of fear and jealousy for UM’s departure, please stop it. League dominance is cyclical. His dominance over a particular school or coach is (probably) cyclical as well.

To all the blind faithful within the Gator nation, please stop it. As I previously stated, I expect UM to be at UF next year but don’t act like its an utter impossibility that he’ll take the ND job.

Cameron

July 16th, 2009
1:56 pm

I don’t know why everyone makes such a big deal about all of these things. What is the coach supposed to do? What was Saban supposed to do? He knew his heart was with college football. He knew he was interested in Alabama. But, he wasn’t 100% SURE he was going to Alabama. If he is honest and says, “I am interest in Alabama. I love college football. I am going to listen to Alabama and see what they have to say. I also love my job and can see myself coaching in Miami for a very long time. I love these players and would give my life for them. I know whatever I choose, I will be a lucky, lucky man.” His whole team and locker room would have quit on him from the get go. Then, what happens. Alabama and him can’t agree on contract terms and he wants to stay at Miami. Well, great. Except, the players don’t respect you anymore and won’t play hard for you, so we are going to have to look for a new coach. Good luck.

You are screwed either way. The best thing to do is say, “I am not going anywhere. I love this job and want to retire here.” Then, if you leave, so what. People will be mad, but if you win they will forgive you. If you don’t leave, you say, “I told you I wasn’t going anywhere.”

It is the same in the real world. If you work for a struggling company, that is scaling back salary, staff, benefits, and retirement. Are you not going to look for another job? When your boss says, “I have heard some rumors that you are looking around, keeping you options open. Is this true?” Does anyone expect you to say, “I think this company is going bankrupt and I need to find something, anything, else so I can support my family?” No, or you would be effectively telling your boss that you think he is a filure. More than likely you say, “I have been contacted and I have listened to what others have to say, but I am not seeking another job.” Same principle.

ReptilesRule

July 16th, 2009
2:01 pm

I find it very very very satisfying that we are at a place now where the only hope that our rival fans feel they have is for Urban to leave. WEAK!!! Thats like hoping that the other team has alot of key injuries so that you have a chance to win the game. I love it!

M Richt

July 16th, 2009
2:03 pm

Watch me do a flip off the diving board then we’ll go bowling.

Tide Rising

July 16th, 2009
2:05 pm

Grator Growl,

Paul Finebaum is not a pro Alabama media member. He is a UT grad and has been ragging and riling Bama fans for years. He is like the Rush Limbaugh of sports radio. People either love or hate him but they tune in for either of those 2 reasons. I guess he just ran out of material to annoy Bama fans and started a new rumor mongering campaign against Meyer.

I’m surprised Tony gave this man credibility by rehashing his innuendo, unsubstantiated rumors, and meaningless drivel. Tony is better than that and I can only guess Tony just needed some material or slipped up by following up on Slimebaum’s column.

I hope and think Meyer stays at UF for a long time because we absolutely welcome the challenge. Programs ebb and flow and right now Uf is on a super run, especially with FSU and Miami currently in a down cycle and UF having its best player and talent level ever. That will not last forever. Neither will 13-1 seasons every year in the rough and tumble SEC.

I suspect that UF will be good for a long time though and the best thing rival fans can do is to man up, accept the challenge, and look forward to beating Meyer on the field of play as opposed to whining and hoping he’ll just go away. Aint gonna happen. Doesn’t need to. The man is not superman. He can be beat. Ole Miss proved it. Heck, even Mike Shula proved it.

I think and hope he stays a long time and I disdain anyone who is just hoping that he’ll leave. That would be pathetic.

Gatorzone

July 16th, 2009
2:08 pm

Why would anyone choose to rebuild in a terrible climate with a tempremental fan base and no recruiting base, when he has everything he wants and/or needs here in Florida?

IRISH25

July 16th, 2009
2:09 pm

DAP01, YOU’RE A MORON!!

Gridiron Gator

July 16th, 2009
2:10 pm

I guess if you know you can’t dethrone the King, try to run him out of town! Long live the King!!!

Scott

July 16th, 2009
2:10 pm

Finebaum is more retarded than the fanbases he caters to…

Father of 8

July 16th, 2009
2:12 pm

Todd, no matter how long he stays, some people will say he hasn’t been there long enough to have proven himself. If he does the same thing over 8 years, somebody will point out that he hasn’t been at UF as long as Bear Bryant was at Alabama. I hope we are both alive 4 years from now.

Tide Rising

July 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

Gatorzone,

That’s the whole point we are always hearing with the Saban leaving in a year nonsense. Whether you’re talking about Saban or Meyer why on earth would anyone uproot their family and leave great weather, incredible recruiting base, awesome facilities, alumni support, gobs of money, etc. simply to start all over again. It wouldn’t make a hill a beans worth of sense.

Tide Rising

July 16th, 2009
2:16 pm

Scott,

He does indeed cater to the Bama fan base but only in the sense that most of us hate him with a passion. The man is a moron but he’s one of those types that you just love to hate.