Meyer’s flip-flop is bad sign for Florida, opening for Georgia

There's no telling what voice Urban Meyer was listening to when he de-boarded a plane in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.

There's no telling what voice Urban Meyer was listening to when he de-boarded a plane in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.

I’ve been gone for a week. Thank you for taking in my mail. But who left Melky Cabrera on my doorstep?

There was no shortage of strange developments locally after I went underground (Javier Vazquez went where for whom?). But with college bowls underway and  Georgia closing out its season tonight in the Independence Bowl, let’s stay with what’s timely.

Florida just got vulnerable.

If Urban Meyer was a player — effectively flip-flopping on a retirement decision — many of us would be second-guessing his level of motivation and commitment for next season. Committed people don’t make emotional decisions. Committed people are driven 24/7 and don’t flip-flop. That’s one thing that makes Meyer a great head coach, much like the guy he lost to (Nick Saban) in the SEC championship game.

No, Meyer isn’t a player. He’s a head coach. That makes what just happened worse. A player changing his mind on retirement can still sometimes get himself up for game week and squeeze out one more season. To some degree, his sudden flaws can be covered up by teammates around him. A college football head coach is always on the clock: recruiting, coaching, game-planning, guiding, leading. There is no escape.

It says here Florida fans should be worried, and Georgia fans should be happy. Why? Because Meyer isn’t so much on the clock now as he is looking at it.

There was nothing wrong with his initial announcement to step away from coaching because clearly he had given the decision a lot of thought. But everything is wrong with his decision to come back because it came out of emotion.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not projecting the Gators’ program is going to implode. But odds are, the Gators take a significant step back. A program led by an emotionally drained head coach who’s preoccupied with concerns about his health and quality of life is one that is in danger of losing its edge.

On top of that, the Gators: 1) Are losing quarterback Tim Tebow after the Sugar Bowl (you might’ve heard something about this); 2) Lost defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (who has taken the head coaching job at Louisville; 3) Lost offensive coordinator Dan Mullen last year (he went to Mississippi State); 4) Now will be run in the interim by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, whose offense relatively sputtered for much of this season and hasn’t been a head coach since high school.

Some hits can be overcome if a determined and resolute head coach is running things. But that clearly isn’t the case.

548 comments Add your comment

Mr Tech

December 28th, 2009
7:31 am

Mr Tech

December 28th, 2009
7:31 am

How come you aren’t wrting about the greatest football team ever Georgia tech?

kiho85

December 28th, 2009
7:33 am

Well said !!

kiho85

December 28th, 2009
7:33 am

The article that is.

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Doesn’t make any difference about the coach at FL….
((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))
7 out of 9
17 out of 20
And the mutts lost to Kentucky? Really? Kentucky?
And Clemson beat Kentucky.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Mr. Tech — Kickoff is still a week away. Give me 5 or 10 minutes.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Kiho885 — Thanks.

Big time?? Not

December 28th, 2009
7:35 am

Couldn’t agree more. All of a sudden it doesn’t look so bleak in Athens. So we’re back on top of the north avenue nerds and the booger eaters are next

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

December 28th, 2009
7:35 am

Shreveport by the numbers

2 Wal-Mart’s,
4 Waffle Houses
1 Motel 6
11,693 deer stands
48,545 seat Stadium (no kidding)
6,230 of 12,000 georgia ticket allotment sold
5:00PM start time
Peachtree TV # 2
#5 offense nationally facing #70 defense with 2 grad assts at the helm
7 recruits likely switching

Unlike Georgia, Texas A & M does not think the Herschal Walker and Lindale Scott led, 42-0 win in Athens on Sept. 13, 1980 will play a role in this game.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

The mutts will never be as great as my football team!! If you only knew how much fun we are going to have after we beat those handsome fellas from Iowa. I have a 12 pack of Zima and I plan on getting wasted!

Michael Scharff

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

Welcome back, Jeff. How were things on the Left Coast?
Thank you for putting this whole crazy mess in perspective. I hope that the Count will see fot to include the Urban Crier in tomorrow’s (maybe Special Year-End) edition of the Countdown!

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

Really — you’re the first in line at the Georgia-GaTech, bragging rights, after Christmas sale. Do you have you 15 percent off coupon?

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

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

Shreveport Quote

“We’re excited for the opportunity to play Georgia.”-Jerrod Johnson QB at Texas A & M.

Dude, EVERYONE IS

Michael Scharff

December 28th, 2009
7:36 am

That should have been “fit”, not “fot”…

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

December 28th, 2009
7:37 am

Prediction:

45-42 Texas A & M

lagadawg

December 28th, 2009
7:37 am

Does anyone think maybe Ol’ Urbie might want to skip next year because he expects a down year and he don’t want all them losses on his national best winning percentage resume,just a thought.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:37 am

I post the same thing on every blog because I am so clever!!! I hope to see you down in Miami Really! Sure would like to sip on a few of those Zima’s and maybe have you pee on me.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:37 am

$1.4 million — Only four Waffle Houses? Really?

Big time?? Not

December 28th, 2009
7:38 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:39 am

Somehow I get the feeling we have dueling “$1.4 millions”. That’s called interpretive reporting.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:39 am

Lagadawg — I’m sure that’s No. 1 in the conspiracy theorist’s playbook.

Nick Satan

December 28th, 2009
7:40 am

Yes, and Florida should have lost to Arkysaw and Missy St but the Zebra goofs kept the Gaughers undefeated untill the ONLY great team in the SEC this year began taking knees in the 4th quarter to keep the Gaughers within 3 TD’s.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:41 am

Michael Scharff — Thanks. … The Count got soft after bypass surgery one year, but that’s another story.

Felix the Cat

December 28th, 2009
7:41 am

Hey Tech fans ..check your available ticket allotment down in Miami.. You would probably have more fans if the pakastani / Iranian student population could clear waivers and get a local flight down to Miami,, Georgia’s dominance over tech this decade should easily make you stick your head in the stands and shut up…

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

December 28th, 2009
7:43 am

Hey Big Time

“Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes” and they still can’t sell out the 48,000 seat Shreveport Stadium. I thought you guys “travel well”.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:43 am

(((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))

7 out of 9

17 out of 20.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:43 am

Thanks for the recognition Jeff. If you go back and look at all the blogs I post the same witty thing on all of them. I have been jealous of UGA all my life. Now that they are having a down year I really want to give them the business. Unfortunately, I do not know much about football. I do like to watch them men in there tight uniforms tho! I have to stop drinking so many Zimas, I had 3 last night and I am very hungover

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

December 28th, 2009
7:45 am

Really will you marry me? I have a weekend cottage in Vermont to have the ceremony. You seem like my kind of guy.

Big Al

December 28th, 2009
7:45 am

Urban Meyer is college coachings answer to Brett Favre.

Jeff Schultz

December 28th, 2009
7:46 am

$1.4 million (the other one): I know Zima. I think she danced on stage No. 2. With the tight uniform. .. Ah, it’s good to be back. Where was I?

Jerry Glanville

December 28th, 2009
7:47 am

Well boys, looks like we just added another end-of-the-season ritual to our football world….

1. Farve’s annual teary retirement speech;

2. Mercury Morris’ annual “I speak for the 72 Dolphins” speech;

and now presenting……

3. Urban Meyers’ annual “yes I will return next year” speech.

Sorry Urbane, but you bought it on yourself, you have to make it every year now, buddy boy.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:47 am

Urban Meyer OWNS georgia and so does Lane Kiffen, Nick Saban and Paul Johnson

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

December 28th, 2009
7:48 am

Did you say she? I am so not into that. I love men!!!!!!!

Urban

December 28th, 2009
7:48 am

Enter your comments here

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

December 28th, 2009
7:49 am

I can’t wait to copy and paste this on all all blogs today. I may even put it on non sports blogs. I am the biggest tool!

Shreveport by the numbers

2 Wal-Mart’s,
4 Waffle Houses
1 Motel 6
11,693 deer stands
48,545 seat Stadium (no kidding)
6,230 of 12,000 georgia ticket allotment sold
5:00PM start time
Peachtree TV # 2
#5 offense nationally facing #70 defense with 2 grad assts at the helm
7 recruits likely switching

Unlike Georgia, Texas A & M does not think the Herschal Walker and Lindale Scott led, 42-0 win in Athens on Sept. 13, 1980 will play a role in this game.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:50 am

Paul Johnson is 1-1 against Georgia. That means he owns them. If I was Georgia, I would stop fielding a football team right away.

Steve Spurrier

December 28th, 2009
7:50 am

Well, dawgies, and you wer SO happy when I left FL. What did it get ya?
Ya got:
((((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))

7 out of 9

Steve Spurrier

December 28th, 2009
7:51 am

Same ol’ GA.

Reality Check

December 28th, 2009
7:52 am

It looks as if Urban Meyer does not have his heart in coaching Florida anymore. If the Gators know what is good for them they’ll go ahead and start looking for a new head coach.

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

December 28th, 2009
7:54 am

Really is that you masquerading as Steve Spurrier? You are such a cut up!!! We should share some anal nitrates! I love you!

Just the facts....

December 28th, 2009
7:56 am

30-24!!!! UGA IS the state champions and Georgia Tech is not!

UGA’s Mark Richt has won 8 out of 9 against GA Tech!

1 out of 9 is obviously a fluke!

The ACC is no better than Conference USA or the Mountain West.

The ACC champ is not even as good as a mediocre SEC team!

Those are all facts!

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:56 am

Hey little muttie “impersonator”—why are you hiding???? Can’t handle it? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:57 am

Just the facts——-Kentucky? Really? Kentucky?????

Hey, 1.4 million

December 28th, 2009
7:58 am

30-24 hahahahahaahaha

He's gone

December 28th, 2009
7:59 am

It’s all a smoke-screen. He really is gone, but he’s hanging around ’til after the first Wednesday in February. By the time summer gets here he will say it’s doctor’s orders and he has to step down.

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:59 am

My special friend and I are going to wear our short-shorts to South Beach and get a chest wax!! What fun!!!

Steve Spurrier

December 28th, 2009
7:59 am

I used to be great! Now I am mediocre at best! I even got shut out once by a Willie Martinez defense. I am so overrated! Buy hey! I get to play golf at Augusta. Who cares that my football team is mediocre in a good year and sometimes we’re just bad! But my football team is still better than anything the ACC has! LMAO

Really

December 28th, 2009
7:59 am

Just the facts:

((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))
7 out of 9
17 out of 20.

These are facts.

Really

December 28th, 2009
8:01 am

I wish that impersonator would reveal himself! I sure would give him the business.