Even if you’re a Gator hater, there is no joy in Meyer’s departure

It’s a tough business. I get that. And over the course of six seasons a head football coach in the SEC can rub a lot of people the wrong way, especially the people he beats.

But if you’re a Bulldog or a Volunteer for a Gamecock or a member of the Crimson Tide Nation, you really shouldn’t be celebrating today over the news that Urban Meyer is leaving as the head coach at Florida.

I’ve had my own issues Meyer.

 He was flat wrong when he suspended linebacker Brandon Spikes for only one-half game after Spikes clearly tried to hurt Georgia’s Washaun Ealey (sticking his fingers in the facemask). Only after the public outcry did Spikes “suddenly” decide that his suspension should be for one game.

He was wrong when he dressed down a reporter in practice in front of cell phone cameras. If he had an issue with the reporter, then there is a right way–a professional way–to address the concern. He chose the wrong way. I don’t know if Meyer was trying to put on a show for his players but it was unprofessional behavior. You don’t use people as props because you want to win football games.

He was flat wrong when he allowed Chris Rainey to return to the team and I said so. There are certain lines in life that you do not cross and threats against women is one of those lines. The rationalizations about who Rainey was and his background, etc., may have all been true. But all that pales in comparison to a text message that said “Time to die, ——-.”

The more success Meyer and the Florida program had, the more withdrawn and insular it became. They became like rock stars who once basked in the attention that brought them fame and fortune but ultimately found it suffocating and just tried to block it all out.

But instead of managing the media  and managing the very high expectations,  which successful people do every day, Meyer chose to throw up walls and pull in the ranks and adopt this silly “us agains the world” mentality. Coaches do that because it’s easy and the players will easily buy into it. It’s much easier for a coach to tell a player “they are all out to get us” instead of “dealing with the media–good and bad–is part of growing up. If you want to play at the next level you need to learn how to deal with these people and be smart about it. We will teach you how to do that.” But that takes work and, in some coaches’ narrow view of the world, it has nothing to do with winning and losing and so it should simply be eliminated as a factor. It is short sighted but if you win enough games, being short sighted eventually becomes a virtue.

Having said all that, Meyer is/was a helluva coach and the record certainly proves that. He won two national championships in three seasons (2006, 2008) and was certainly good enough in 2009 to win a third but for Alabama. For five years at Florida his star burned as brightly as any I’ve ever seen. But on Wednesday he announced, in so many words, that he was burned out.

I know you love your school but most of you I hear from also love your conference and college football as a whole. And so there is no reason to celebrate when the sport burns out a talented coach. You would rather he stay so that when you finally beat him it is all the more sweet.

Florida will find another talented coach. Frankly, I’m going to be surprised if its not Dan Mullen. Whoever it is will be very successful. Steve Spurrier forever changed Florida’s football program in his 12 years (1990-2001) at the school. Before Spurrier arrived Florida had never won 10 games in a season and had never won an SEC championship. Spurrier raised the bar and so Florida will never go back for more than a year or two.

And for Urban Meyer? I predict that he will be out of coaching for only one year and will surface again. This year he got caught in the perfect storm of talent losses and coaching losses and the inability to summon up the fire in the belly that had burned white hot for five seasons. We were all guilty of thinking that Florida could just reload after four years of Tim Tebow. The Florida program took a dip as all programs do (see Texas). The Gators will be back sooner rather than later but Urban Meyer will no longer be their coach.

If you love the game, there is no reason to celebrate that.

 And one last thing: If Urban Meyer goes to the Denver Broncos in the next two months, I take it all back.

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621 comments Add your comment

GTPhenom

December 9th, 2010
8:13 am

Wurp, zurt, I am first!
Wurp, zurt, Mutts are the worst
Woop zoot, I’m in robot heaven
Woop zoot, I’m, 7-zark-z!

LOL! I little robot humor to get you going today! Have a wonderful day!

By the way, Tony, if our Robot Nesbott hadn’t gotten hobbled, do you think he would have been invited to New York? With a win over UGAg, I bet he would have.

THWG!

GTPhenom

December 9th, 2010
8:15 am

Could Meyer return to coach Georgia State in a couple of years? Think about it. Curry retires, so he gets to replace a legend. And he’s close to his daughter at Tech. I think maybe.

travy

December 9th, 2010
8:17 am

way to sling mud at him on the way out the door. stay classy, tb

travy

December 9th, 2010
8:20 am

with that said, it is easy to sling mud at the guy, i just question the timing

mark

December 9th, 2010
8:25 am

travy, truth hurt?

Sandman053

December 9th, 2010
8:25 am

St. Tebow called and said “Pops, I need you out here in Denver.”

Urban Meyer

December 9th, 2010
8:27 am

This ain’t a blog — it’s a whine.

Typical Georgia…

Kenny Powers

December 9th, 2010
8:27 am

GTPhenom, are you retarded?

Absolutes are dumb

December 9th, 2010
8:27 am

“FOREVER changed Florida’s football program” “Spurrier raised the bar and so Florida will NEVER go back for more than a year or two.”

The probability against these being true is astronomical. Do yourself a favor, Tony, just don’t use absolutes.

Michael Scharff

December 9th, 2010
8:28 am

He may be a great X’s and O’s guy, but he has NO class. I don’t even know the man personally, but allowing that punk Rainey to return to the team sealed the deal for me in terms of my opinion of Meyer.

Notthisyear

December 9th, 2010
8:28 am

If Meyer does NOT want to be a GATOR, FOR ANY REASON, then he needed to go. Period.And if other SEC schools think most Gator fans are tore up and all upset over this? Think again! The Gators will be just fine.

dan mullen

December 9th, 2010
8:29 am

How does Texas and Florida go down a notch when they get top ten recruiting classes every year. There is no way Texas should be down any year with the talent they get.

Tom

December 9th, 2010
8:29 am

Tim. Here I come.

War Eagle

December 9th, 2010
8:30 am

Urban Myers is an opportuntist, He will retire again get his pubist to throw his name around later at big time schools as in Notre Dame, Texas, Alabama when Saban goes on the hunt again.
Big time successful college coaches are a commodity who spreads their wings for greater financial gains.. EX. Pete Carroll, Urban Myers, Nick Saban, Lane Tiffan, Steve Spurrier and Petrinoa(ARK).
Their are no more Beart Bryants, Shug Jordan, Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley etc.

Black Coffee & Bourbon

December 9th, 2010
8:30 am

Sad to see Myers go, but I am glad we sent him out with a loss in his last regular season game. (31-7! Go ‘Noles!)

>>>—;;;—> Fear the Spear!!!!

mark

December 9th, 2010
8:30 am

Petrino? Fla can do much better.

Urban Meyer

December 9th, 2010
8:30 am

Meh. People in Georgia think it’s impossible to replace a HC. The Gators could hire Vandy’s coach and still beat the Dawgs.

travy

December 9th, 2010
8:30 am

uh, second travy is not the first

82Dawg

December 9th, 2010
8:31 am

@ GTPhenom No way in Heck was Nesbitt going to New York, he was having a down year. It would have taken a lot more than a victory over Georgia for him to have won it…..

Alphare

December 9th, 2010
8:31 am

It’s OK to have a fresh air. Can you imagine being a UGA fans with UM at UF until he retires?

Beast from the East

December 9th, 2010
8:31 am

The entire Gator Nation wishes Urban the best. I think he’ll return to coaching somewhere in 2-4 years after he has time to spend with his family.

Tony, get over the Spikes incident. It’s 2 years old. Grow up and move on, will ya?

Tomsjeep88

December 9th, 2010
8:31 am

Miami had the 80’s, FSU the 90’s, and Miami & Florida split the past decade. The writing is on the wall (and scoreboard) that FSU has the early in-state lead for this decade, while UF and UM are searching for new coaches. Meyer is no fool.

problem

December 9th, 2010
8:32 am

So “Mr. College Football”, are for or against playoffs today?…good for Urban..college football is a joke.

I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE

December 9th, 2010
8:32 am

.
………. JOY TO THE WORLD
.

DawginLex

December 9th, 2010
8:32 am

I am hearing that his wife laid down the law and forced him to retire. If that is the case, if his marriage is truly that important and was suffering because of coaching, he may never coach again.

travy

December 9th, 2010
8:33 am

there is only one travy

that is what I’m talking about

MURPHY

December 9th, 2010
8:33 am

I agree that it weakens the SEC to lose Urban.I do believe Mullen will be the next coach at UF and they will be back as the team to beat in the East sooner than later.Florida has a ton of young talent on this team. Question: What are the guesses to where Urban will coach next?

Urban Meyer

December 9th, 2010
8:33 am

War Eagle,

My pubist is trying to get me on with the Chippendales.

The Grinch

December 9th, 2010
8:33 am

I’m wondering why he didn’t just follow through with his original announcement and step down last year. Ego maybe? Anyway, this was a lost season for UF and it may take more than just one year to turn things around.

BigDawg

December 9th, 2010
8:34 am

Urban Crier needs to reconnect the umbilical cord with Tim Crybow! Good to have another classless coach gone who plays known thugs who try to maim or consider killing others, what a scum bag! Is Chizik next when NCAA is done with Scam Newton??

The Grinch

December 9th, 2010
8:34 am

MURPHY
December 9th, 2010
8:33 am

“What are the guesses to where Urban will coach next?”

Georgia Tech as offensive coordinator……BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Typical Gator Fan

December 9th, 2010
8:36 am

We defend Urban Meyer when he sold his soul and played Chris Rainey and we kick him in the backside when he leaves through the door. We are Gator Fans, hear us roar! Now we clammer to bring back Dan Mullen, the same Dan Mullen he booed two years ago because of his inept offense. Why must we be bipolar to root for the Fightin’ Gators?

GTPhenom

December 9th, 2010
8:36 am

Kenny, I am not retarded. In fact, I have an excellant IQ rating. I have been tested. That’s more than most of you can say. This is my second of four – 4 – languages.

82mutt, Nesbot was having a down year because he was playing with a broken arm! Geez. I think it’s heroic. And he is the all time rushingest and passingest QB in ACC history!

By the way, I was first on this blog. So I own the comments section! LOL!

The Grinch

December 9th, 2010
8:36 am

Beast from the East
December 9th, 2010
8:31 am

“It’s 2 years old. Grow up and move on, will ya?”

Same could be said for your national championships, right? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Herschel Walker

December 9th, 2010
8:37 am

Urban will the head coach at Notre Dame within the next 3 to 7 years.

also, I still can’t read (thanks for nothing Jan Kemp)

ecuamerican

December 9th, 2010
8:37 am

It is not only easy to sling mud at him (because the media and fans have gone through the Brett Favre sagas and now view world through cynical eyes), but it is reasonable to question Meyer. It is fair to say if he does stays retired for a year or more then people should be happy for him and should believe the family reasoning. But if he does something else (comes back to Florida/ joins another program/ NFL in next few months) then he loses credibility.

Should media and fans even question a “family reason”? No, but this is the world we live in and Meyer didn’t help his cause last year when he used the same reasoning only to come back 24 hours later.

jim

December 9th, 2010
8:38 am

it’s MEYER, morons

The rest of us

December 9th, 2010
8:38 am

It’s a shame Urban Meyer will be remembered as the man who coached Tim Tebow instead of the coach who won two BCS Championships. Guess that’s what happens when you only stay in a school long enough for one recruiting class to graduate.

Matt

December 9th, 2010
8:38 am

Is GTPhenom joking or is he just stupid? LOL First, Nesbitt would have never EVER been a Heisman trophy candidate. 2nd, I like the idiocy behind coming to Georgia State in a few years. First, why would he come to Georgia State. Oh because his daughter is at Tech? Well in “a few years” she’ll graduate so that point is absurd. And besides that, there is no way any major coach will go to Georgia State. There is not enough money to run the program much less pay for his daily phone calls to Tebow.

TONY B ROCKS

December 9th, 2010
8:38 am

GTPhenom

December 9th, 2010
8:40 am

Hey, someone is mature enough to copy my name and spew crap. Gotta love the mature people here at the AJC. Anywho, I do have to say this is a loss for College Football, but he had better stick to his word. If you are going to be with your family, then go, and STAY with your family

JOY TO THE WORLD

December 9th, 2010
8:41 am

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…………. I just want to CELEBRATE !
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UF

December 9th, 2010
8:42 am

Just wasted away a year of Football.Changes had to come,UM3 was loyal,too loyal.That is the real story and it will not be in the paper.

Asheville Dawg

December 9th, 2010
8:42 am

Meyer showed his class when he was calling time outs at the end of a Georgia blowout. See ya Urban!

GTPhenom2

December 9th, 2010
8:43 am

I am sorry other phenom. I did not know you still posted. I saw your name and I liked it so I copy it for my postings. I will change my title now to GTPhenom2. LOL!

Pleaes refer to me as GTPhenom2.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown

December 9th, 2010
8:44 am

Are you sure it’s MEYER?

MURPHY

December 9th, 2010
8:44 am

Beast from the East,

What do you think about this Meyer deal? You happy about it?

SOGADOG

December 9th, 2010
8:45 am

Even though the Dawgs have been down the last two seasons, I am thankful we have Coach Mark Richt. Unlike a Saban or a Meyer, CMR is reliable, dependable, and loyal to the University of Georgia. I will take him over Saban or Meyer any day of the week. CMR will turn things around at Georgia and the Dawgs will return to the SEC championship game sooner than you realize.

old blind eye

December 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Meyer was a pseudo professional coach who relied largely upon semi pro players. Did I miss the part where he passed out in the Ritz Carlton due to stress again?

The Beast of the Least

December 9th, 2010
8:49 am

Grow up! Two years ago was ancient history. I’m such a contradiction I confuse myself sometimes. Go Gators!