2009 season took its toll on Meyer

 

Little surprises me any more but I was stunned tonight to learn that Urban Meyer would resign as the head coach at Florida after the Sugar Bowl.

It was widely known in the football community that this season was a very stressful one for Meyer, who is only 45. The pressure of defending the national championship, being No. 1 for the entire season, and various off the field problems eventually took their toll on Meyer.

There was the Tim Tebow concussion and the constant second-guessing that came with his decision to let Tebow play against LSU.

Then came the Brandon Spikes eye-gouging incident against Georgia. Meyer originally suspended Spikes for only one half and was hit with a storm of national media criticism. Spikes later “asked” that his suspension extended to a full game and even that decision was met with skepticism.

He was fined $30,000 by the SEC office for commenting on officiating.

And finally there was the worst incident of all when defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested on an alcohol related incident on the Monday before the SEC championship game. Meyer never said this publicly but it was the worst kind of betrayal by a player on the eve of the biggest game of the year. Florida would not have beaten Alabama even if Dunlap had played. But the Gators got embarrassed and seemed shell shocked.

Put it all together and you can understand what may have led Meyer to this decision. There are health issues involved here but none of us knew it was this serious. I spoke to several people close to the Florida program Saturday night and they were just stunned.

I visited with Meyer before the SEC championship game on Dec. 5 and thought he looked thin. In the post-game press conference after the loss to Alabama, he looked drained. He was admitted to the hospital for what the school said was dehydration. Several people told me they heard it was more serious.

Regardless of the school you support, this is sad. The man is a helluva football coach.

And now the dominoes start to fall. Who does Florida hire? Jeremy Foley has to pick up the phone and call Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and make him say no. And if Stoops says no, where does Florida go next? Do  you call Dan Mullen, who just left Florida to take over at Mississippi State? There is no question that Florida’s offense lost something when Mullen left Gainesville.

All I know is that this is one of those big moments in the history of the SEC which can change the power structure of the league. I remember the day in January of 2002 when Steve Spurrier announced he was leaving Florida after 12 seasons. We were all stunned. This feels a lot like that.

231 comments Add your comment

Tom M

December 26th, 2009
7:43 pm

I just hope first and foremost Meyer is fine…

THWG

December 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

The Grinch

December 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

According to a Sports Illustrated article earlier this year, he has a spider ganglion on his brain that swells when he gets stressed and causes extreme pain. It’s been bothering him his whole coaching career.

I hate the Gators and am glad they may be on the way down, but I hate it to be due to injury or medical condition.

uga uga uga

December 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

maybe we can beat UF in a couple of years now?

haywood...

December 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

Jack

December 26th, 2009
7:45 pm

The Gators should hire Steve Spurrier back. With the talent there he would be like a kid in a candy store.After coaching the abysmal talent he is limited to in SC., he would go straight to the national championship.

Tom M

December 26th, 2009
7:45 pm

…as for who Foley goes after: Patterson (TCU), Petersen (Boise State), not sure… Do not envy Foley.

Buzz29

December 26th, 2009
7:46 pm

Hope this doesn’t end like Tiger’s saga.

Kiffin

December 26th, 2009
7:46 pm

Will be interesting to see how long it takes for a publicist to write a statement for Kiffin. He’s too much of a schmuck to actually say anything compassionate or with a hint of sportsmanship.

THWUT!

rhb what up chris???

December 26th, 2009
7:46 pm

go dawgs baby…we’ll take it any way we can get it!

charles

December 26th, 2009
7:46 pm

As a Dawg, I have nothing but respect for Meyer as a coach. I’m glad he’s gone and hope that his health doesn’t impact the rest of his life.

Gumby

December 26th, 2009
7:47 pm

Good man, good coach. Sorry to see anyone, player or coach, go out due to medical reasons.

richtisthenewfulmer

December 26th, 2009
7:47 pm

Fulmer has thrown his hat into the ring.
Wow does this shift the balance of power if the correct hire is not made.
Really opens the door for recruits to jump ship.

durtydogg

December 26th, 2009
7:48 pm

I’m a dawg fan and this bothered me! Its just a game. Mr. Meyer, please stay healthy.

Short list for the job?

December 26th, 2009
7:50 pm

Gotta figure that some big time names could be up for this one. patterson or petersen could be interesting…

The Other St. Simons

December 26th, 2009
7:50 pm

Get well soon CUM.

its sexual

December 26th, 2009
7:51 pm

and he caught it at the sec coaches meeting. all sec coaches are being tested . Tiger gate was nothing compared to whats gonna go down here..the real boys club…GO DOGS !!

Gator Gary

December 26th, 2009
7:52 pm

This may mark the end of the Urban era, the Gator reign will continue.

Any truth to the rumor that Tebow is #1 candidate?

December 26th, 2009
7:52 pm

I’m sure ESPN will bring it up

Tim Tebow

December 26th, 2009
7:53 pm

His health is fine, I just hired him to be my personal entourage during my NFL days.

DawgBreath

December 26th, 2009
7:53 pm

Get well Corch Meyers… go Dawgs!

Bo in North Carolina

December 26th, 2009
7:53 pm

Although I’m a Ga Dawg sorry to hear of Myer’s health problems. Best wishes and prayers for improved health.

hmmm

December 26th, 2009
7:54 pm

mark richt is up for the job

Billy

December 26th, 2009
7:54 pm

Let the inappropriate comments from UGA fans begin…..

its sexual

December 26th, 2009
7:55 pm

mark richt is up for the job…lol…..

its sexual

December 26th, 2009
7:56 pm

eat it Billy its our time to shine

Willie Martinez

December 26th, 2009
7:57 pm

I’m available.

Asheville Dawg

December 26th, 2009
7:57 pm

OH well the wicked witch is__________________. FILL IN YOUR OWN DANG BLANK>

its sexual

December 26th, 2009
7:59 pm

all this great news , it must be x-mas. DOGS RULE !!!

Willie Martinez

December 26th, 2009
7:59 pm

So typical and classless…
“go dawgs baby…we’ll take it any way we can get it!”

Ree Roe

December 26th, 2009
7:59 pm

As a Dawgs fan, I hope he’s healthy if that’s really the reason he’s stepping down. Methinks the reality of losing Tim Tebow & his coaching staff had a bigger effect on this decision.

-REEcently Roe!

Gatorbait

December 26th, 2009
8:01 pm

Stoops, Patterson, Mullen, Willingham(Utah Coach), Shanahan and Gruden. Most likely one of these six.

its sexual

December 26th, 2009
8:01 pm

So typical and classless…hey hey thats the way we roll. GO DOGS

Michael G.

December 26th, 2009
8:01 pm

health problems….I wonder if it’s karposi sarcoma! Watching ESPN’s coverage was like watching a funeral taking place. Surprised Lou could hold back his tears!

Gatorbait

December 26th, 2009
8:02 pm

Losing the coaching staff? no you don’t give up 4 million a year and he was a decent head coach

IndyGT

December 26th, 2009
8:02 pm

Sad to see.. Really enjoyed watching Florida play and thought he was a great coach. Hope he is ok and family is ok too. I really don’t see how UF will emulate his success though.. I don’t see them getting Stoops, maybe Mullen? What about the evil genius spurrier. I never liked that SC visor on him. The biggest problem is going to be replacing strong though.

defactodawg

December 26th, 2009
8:03 pm

I firmly believe the next UF coach willbe either Mullen or Patterson. CUM will have much to say about his successor, imo.

Dawg Tired

December 26th, 2009
8:04 pm

What a shocker. I almost called a time-out. My prayer is that Coach Meyer will be healthy and be able to return sooner rather than later. Get better soon coach. Sometimes a time-out can be a good thing. Get back to full heath and get back to doing what you are one of the absolutely best at – coaching college football.

Charlie Strong Screwed Again!

December 26th, 2009
8:04 pm

It would seem that this was totally out of the blue since Strong just took the Louisville job.

James

December 26th, 2009
8:04 pm

Things to be excited about UGA 2009 football:
1. more players arrested
2. defensive coordinator gone
3. trip to the Advocare V100 Who Cares Independence bowl
4. Urban Meyer resigns

Can’t wait for 2010

Mark Richt

December 26th, 2009
8:05 pm

Stafford just called and asked me to consider running his personal entourage. I turned him down.

Jason Boatright

December 26th, 2009
8:05 pm

It is a sad day in the Gator Nation, but no matter what the reason we can all say that we were blessed to have Coach Meyer as our Ball Coach for the short time we did. I know I won’tbe the only one to say that our prayers go out to Coach Meyer! Hopefully there wasn’t a list of medical reasons or undue pressure from the Athletic Department. (with their record of chasing off coaches) again I say God Bless and God’s Speed, take care and Merry Christmas Coach Meyer!

deep ball

December 26th, 2009
8:05 pm

UGA will win the East each of the next 2 seasons–mark it! Also, prepare to see some great recruits jump ship from Gaytors to Athens.

Ricky

December 26th, 2009
8:05 pm

Who cares BOOMER SOONER

Scout Dawg

December 26th, 2009
8:05 pm

Hell, Mark Richt had a worse year, ranked no1 and then 23 season ending injuries. Talk about can’t handle the heat. Welcome back to the Mountain West.

Delbert D.

December 26th, 2009
8:07 pm

I wish Coach Meyer the best. Just dealing with the meds for brain-related injuries is difficult.

As to his successor, isn’t it about time for Saban to change jobs again?

jesse james

December 26th, 2009
8:07 pm

Mississippi State better come up with alot of money or they will be hiring another Head Coach.

jackson

December 26th, 2009
8:08 pm

Sad day for SEC. Not a Gator fan but I hate this for them. Get well coach.

collegeballfan

December 26th, 2009
8:09 pm

One must always do what is best for himself and his family. One of the wire service reports stated that he has a brain cyst that causes pain frequently.

He will be really missed as a football coach.

Red Dog 77

December 26th, 2009
8:10 pm

I dont like the man , but I do hope his health is fine , My speculation: Pure and simple burn out , and the fact that in one or two years he can come back and coach just about anywhere he wants to……..I do hear that his resignation does not sit well with Brantley, considering transfering to Notre Dame or Texas