Will Meyer be Florida’s head coach for the 2010 season?

As expected, Urban Meyer  announced Sunday afternoon that he has changed his mind and will not resign as Florida’s head coach after Friday’s Sugar Bowl game with Cincinnati.

Meyer will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his duties as head coach and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will serve as interim head coach. Meyer will not put a timetable on his return as head coach but he did indicate that believed he would be the head coach when the 2010 season rolls around.

Based on conversations I’ve had today with people close to the situation, Meyer told his family on Christmas night that he was going to resign as coach. The school put out a press release on Saturday that Meyer would be stepping down for the sake of his health. But things really changed in the next 24 hours.

The Gators practiced in Gainesville this morning before getting on the plane to go to New Orleans. Meyer met with athletics director Jeremy Foley after practice and discussed the possibility of him taking a leave of absence instead of resigning.

The fact is that Meyer’s wife, Shelley, Foley, and president Bernie Machen had put the idea of a leave of absence on the table a while back. Meyer told them he didn’t think he could do that and that just walking away was the best thing for everybody involved.

Meyer said he had a change of heart after Sunday morning’s practice. He decided to reconsider the leave of absence idea and to see if he could make it work.

Whether or not he can change his approach to coaching and come back remains to be seen. If he backs off his intense approach to the job, does he lose the edge that made him so successful? That is the challenge for Meyer in the weeks and months to come.

This is a good result for Meyer, but why would Florida do this?  First of all, this buys Florida some time and holds this recruiting class together–at least for now. According to various reports, word has already been given to the players committed to Florida that Meyer will eventually come back as head coach. But it is a good six weeks between now and national signing day and you can bet that opposing coaches will hammer Florida about the uncertainty surrounding the program. There will be some defections.

There is another element of risk on Foley’s part. If Meyer does not come back for the 2010 season, this decision could set the Florida program back for a couple of years. But if Meyer comes back fit and rested, Foley has managed to retain one of the very best coaches in the game. If I’m Foley I believe it is a risk worth taking.

By the way. How would you like to be the University of Cincinnati football team? Wonder if they will get any coverage this week?

445 comments Add your comment

JollyJay

December 27th, 2009
2:39 pm

I guess the Miss State fans can settle down now.

Scrap

December 27th, 2009
2:40 pm

Tony,

Are you nuts???? Welcome back BTW…………….Am I first?

Sorry Dogs

December 27th, 2009
2:40 pm

Ding Dong the witch is…….what? He’s not? Oh Damn!

Now Richt’s going to have heart problems and decide he can’t compete with Florida.

I predict Richt steps down next.

Georgia hires Bobby Bowden as his replacement. Willie Martinez is re-hired as DC.

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

December 27th, 2009
2:43 pm

ENTER YOUR shreveport COMMENTS HERE:

Brett Favre

December 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

That was a quick retirement URBAN.

Exley DAWG

December 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

what a circus.

Short of breath

December 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

Now, we watch the 2010 recruits slowly back away. This “i’m gone, naaaah, I am here but be back later” stuff is a joke done only to bolster recruits. They do not appreciate uncertainty. Now that his um, ah, “health is an issue” ( see Tiger ) recruits will back away in droves.

DAMAGE IS DONE and now we WATCH FLORIDA DAMAGE CONTROL at work. LOL

Now atch HIM try to hire a D coordinator. The shoe is on the other foot now at Florida and it is hillarious.

Goooooooooooooo Dogs.

Glen Mason

December 27th, 2009
2:46 pm

Why do people keep changing their mind?

Johnny Test

December 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

As a big BullDawg fan I ain’t fond of the Gators but I am hopefull that Coach Myer can get his health issues under control and continues to coach at Florida. When the Dawgs get back on track I want it to be against the best and Urban is one of the best.

CPJ is the best coach Tech has had since Bobby Dodd and we can handle him with the worst team we have had in 13 years but we got a lot more to prove to show we are back on track; being competitive against Florida is one of the measures of our program.

By the way… it’s A-She-She 0 to 2 in bowl games so far. Tech is the King of nothing.

lanier

December 27th, 2009
2:49 pm

done only to protect recuriting. rival coachs will make sure recruits dont buy this garbage

Galen Hall

December 27th, 2009
2:50 pm

Urban would be better off in Happy Valley.

Two orange bowl trips since 1967

December 27th, 2009
2:50 pm

Congrats to tech’s Orange bowl trip. I know that if you have not been to a major bowl in 43 years, it must be fun. Think about all those EMPTY SEATS when you are in a driving rain down in Miami and be very, very careful in Miami/Dade as that is a very dangerous town. Sort of like Atlanta’s N Avenue on a Saturday night with two red jersies running for 376 yards. Woooooooooooosh went those red jersies. UGHHHHHHHHHH went Dwyer and Nesbitt whne scaked or hit. “Ugh, that hurts” they moaned.

Hit em in the face, screamed CPJ. Woooooooooooooosh, went Caleb and Wuahsuan.

Ranking King

December 27th, 2009
2:52 pm

Georgia Tech is the king of being ranked #9 in the nation.

Slug em hard

December 27th, 2009
2:54 pm

We all know that CPJ had already FEDEXd his reume to Gainesville, Florida. Now the fun begins.

“Get me outta here” yells CPJ after Iowa runs them over.

Woooooooooooosh, went Caleb and Wuashuan. Dropped TD pass? Oh yeah, that was Ronatavious Wootenrlin the UGA/Tech game and that TD would have sealed it, unlike BayBay’s MUFF. HAHAHAHA

Jeff B

December 27th, 2009
2:55 pm

I would think this would be WORSE for them. The program would be in flux for who knows how long, and they would be preventing from hiring an actual head coach to lead the program. The OC will be their head coach? How does that match up to other top-notch SEC coaches?! Hmm…

Shreveport Daily News

December 27th, 2009
2:56 pm

Unranked 6-6 Texas A&M faces unranked UGA in the match-up of the decade.

BG

December 27th, 2009
2:57 pm

Something fishy is going on in Gainesville.

Mark P.

December 27th, 2009
2:58 pm

If your team goes to its’ first major bowl game in 43 years, and you can’t even sell 10,000 tickets to see it, then you have nothing to brag about. Boise State is closer to being a major football program than Ga. Tech. If they downsize seating at Bobby Dodd any more it will be ineligible to host a high school playoff game.

Sugar Hill Dawg

December 27th, 2009
3:00 pm

Welcome back Coach Meyer! The SEC and college football are better off having him in the saddle for the Gators. Hopefully, we’ll get our act together and regain control of the SEC against the good (Gators), the Bad (Vowels – sorry, Jeff), and the Ugly (Nick Satan and his boys).

Johnny Test

December 27th, 2009
3:03 pm

You are correct Tech is rank…. they can’t beat 5 loss SEC teams and they won’t beat Iowa so what good is the ranking?

Just remember Tech fans… no matter what happens, no matter where we play a bowl game we beat you with the worst team we’ve had in a decade.. you had two weeks to prepare and you lost at home with the best team you’ve had in 20 years. If you ever had a cahnce for payback it was this year and you couldn’t do. You were not man enough to get it done.

You still lost

December 27th, 2009
3:03 pm

Tech 11-2, here’s my Shreveport comment: 30-24

ReptilesRule

December 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

It’s damn hard to leave Florida. You work for the best boss in the world (Jeremy Foley) and have unlimited resources and support. You coach in the legendary Swamp and have some of the best weather in the world. You’re an hour from beautiful beaches and 2 hours from world famous major attractions. You have a University president who supports the program 100% and understands it’s importance to bringing in money and reuniting alumni. You spend your days on a beautiful campus around vibrant young people in one of the best academic institutions and medical facilities in the country. Many old Gators like myself go back to retire and spend their final years there.

HEY 11-2 ... WE OWN TECH

December 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Our WORST team in years, beat your BEST team in years! HA HA HA!

WE OWN TECH!

30-24
8 out of 9
60-39-5 ALL-TIME

Don't matter

December 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Great to see how Florida can get inside Georgia’s head even when they aren’t playing. Hahahahahahahahaha! WE OWN YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!

Don't matter

December 27th, 2009
3:06 pm

You may own Tech but We own YOU!

JFKDawg

December 27th, 2009
3:06 pm

After consulting with Brett Favre and Billy Donovan, Urban has decided he’ll have maple syrup on his waffle.

clermontdawg

December 27th, 2009
3:06 pm

(30-24) ha ha ha mark richt 8-1 against the joke by coke!!!!!!

Yellow Jacket 84

December 27th, 2009
3:08 pm

I suggest all of you bulldog fans check out the hotels in Shreveport.

It looks like you guys will be returning next year, and the next year, and the next year, and the next year…..

Tiger

December 27th, 2009
3:08 pm

Y’all should take Urban at his word. He probably was just hurt in a car accident. And that’s all it is.

L-Dawg

December 27th, 2009
3:12 pm

I AM GLAD HE IS “BACK”. I WANT TO BEAT THEM AT THEIR BEST.

OH….. I ALMOST FORGOT MY “SHREVEPORT COMMENT”…..

HERE IT GOES…..

376 YARDS RUSHING
{{{{{30-24}}}}}
8-1
60-39-5
WILLIE MARTINEZ > PAUL JOHNSON

Don't matter

December 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

I’ts great to see Florida smack down the Dawgs. Not just on game day and in recruiting, but it’s also great to play mind games with you along the way. Dawg Nation talking smack to a coach that’s stepping down for medical reasons. Hahahahahaha. Glad he changed his mind.

TECH FANS HAVE PEN!S ENVY!

December 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

UGA will always OWN Tech!

Milledgeville Dawg

December 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

Whatever dude!!

Not Disappointed

December 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

Hope you feel better Coach Urban! I know the pups want to be a good Gator rather than an average one.

Ramblin Wreck for life.

Greer

December 27th, 2009
3:14 pm

Let me say this, I’m a UGA fan. From my understanding, Meyer is taking time off for health reasons. I do wish him and the Gator Nation for a speedy recovery. As much as I hate UF, I do not wish for someone to not play or coach for injuries or heart problems. Hope Urban makes the best decision for himself and his family.

Yellow Jacket 84

December 27th, 2009
3:14 pm

All of the bulldogs are crying again….they were hoping without a coach they could finally beat Florida…NOT !

Maybe you guys could schedule a game against Agnes Scott next year instead of Florida.

SuperB

December 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

So…. if you are recruit you know he is not quitting, well not now. But what about next month or next year?

Big L

December 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

This just makes me sick. Why do college football coaches get to flip flop lime this. RichRod, Petrino and now Meyer. They are all a joke. Now I know why all SEC fans hate Richt. There is obviously no room in the SEC for men of integrity who keep their word. I am glad Meyer has flopped back to staying. Now we can use Arron Murray, who chose UGA over UF to stick it down his lying damn throat.

SuperB

December 27th, 2009
3:17 pm

Hey Yellow Jacket 84: If Georgia needs someone to beat next year– we can just beat Georgia Tech. Which we probably will.

Don't matter

December 27th, 2009
3:17 pm

Don’t mind you guys smack talking Georgia Tech. Just don’t try to do it to us again!
41-17
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Bawney Fwank

December 27th, 2009
3:18 pm

Coach Vince Dooley

December 27th, 2009
3:18 pm

Don’t forget Bulldog Fans, go ahead and make your reservations this year for Shreveport next year…without me at the helm, UGA will never return to greatness.

Big L

December 27th, 2009
3:19 pm

Hey yellowjacket 84, all we gotta do is schedule Tech 11 times in a season and we totally go undefeated. But we would get no credit for beating a high scool offense.

Big L

December 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

Hey yellowjacket 84, all we gotta do is schedule Tech 11 times in a season and we totally go undefeated. But we would get no credit for beating a high scool offense. You guys aren’t a bowl qualifying team.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

LOL. georgia just lost again and didn’t even play. Hahahaha.

Jacketkiller

December 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH ALWAYS AND FOREVER…..Worst (warzone) campus, ugliest girls and biggest dorks in the state. Oh, and the ACC is already 0 and 2 in their bowl games. Here’s to hoping they lose them all. Who’s with me?

Go Dawgs

Coach Vince Dooley

December 27th, 2009
3:21 pm

Big L,

Enjoy beautiful Shreveport, looks like UGA is going to be stuck there.

DogGoneGaDawg

December 27th, 2009
3:21 pm

I wonder if the Orange Bowl ratings will be as low as the ACC Championship Game? After all this is absolutely the most inconsequential of all the BCS bowl games. And all you Techies want to talk about where UGA is playing. The bottom line is that you made the BCS by default. I am quite sure that the Orange Bowl wished it had an alternative. As for you 11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL all that needs to be said (and it has been said ad nauseum, but needs to be restated time and time again) is 30-24 and 8-1.

ghost of UGA VII

December 27th, 2009
3:21 pm

There are some great motel 6 n Shreveport, my kennel had better service. My dogs will be up for this important game and only lose by 2 touchdowns. Damn team killed me, but better here than in Shreveport with all my redneck buddies.

Bow wow!!!

26.2

December 27th, 2009
3:22 pm

Maybe Meyers next shoe contract should be to endorse the flip-flop.