So much for R&R: Urban Meyer to coach spring practice

When the definitive biography of Urban Meyer is written (not by me, I believe it’s safe to say), the bizarre doings and undoings of Dec. 26-27, 2009, will be a footnote. The man who quit and then decided instead on a leave of absence says he’ll take a bit of time off after Signing Day. But apparently nothing more.

Meyer said Saturday he plans to coach his Gators in spring practice. If that’s indeed the case — with Meyer, any declaration must carry a disclaimer — then there seems no chance he won’t coach Florida in the 2010 season. And if he coaches Florida next season, that restores some semblance of order to an SEC East in deep-dish flux.

You’d have to say Florida is again the prohibitive favorite to take the division and play for the SEC title. And you’d have to say those reports of the Gators being in disarray after Meyer’s volte-face would, in the blush of recent developments,  seem overheated. Doesn’t seem to be hurting recruiting, does it? (Rivals.com ranks Florida No. 1 for its 2010 class, of which 21 of the 25 commitments are rated either 4- or 5-star.) This despite the latest smear campaign from the crown prince of dirt.

A year ago Lane Kiffin accused Meyer, incorrectly, of cheating. Being based three time zones away apparently hasn’t slaked the Kiffin thirst: According to GatorCountry.com, Kiffin and henchman Ed Orgeron have been telling recruits that Meyer is planning to succeed Lee Corso on ESPN’s “Gameday.”

In 1995 Mike Krzyzewski took a leave of absence after back surgery. It was a big deal at the time, but he returned the next season and coaches Duke still. It’s not a big deal anymore, hasn’t been for 15 years. It’s a footnote in a career that has totaled three NCAA championships. Urban Meyer has won the BCS titles twice. Not predicting another anytime soon, mind you. Just sayin’.


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Herschel Talker

January 23rd, 2010
9:09 pm

This guy is a joke. He’ll tell recruits what they want to hear so they sign. Then he’ll duck out. Then he’ll come back. And God forbid he just drop dead one day. Coaching is this guy’s drug, and he needs therapy for his addiction. It is slowly killing him. Very sad.

Larry

January 23rd, 2010
9:09 pm

Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron may be the biggest fakes in college football ever. The news media really needs to continue blasting these “men acting like children” , i.e. Kiffin/Orgeron, to demonstrate to the parents and families of players that these “coaches” do not need to be let into your living room. Instead of trying to shape young people into both fine football players and men of integrity, they’d rather teach them that lying, cheating, and lack of class are fine ways to live your life if no one will hold you accountable for it, or if they do, money will take just care of the problem. That is not how life really works.

Rex D

January 23rd, 2010
9:09 pm

Forgive me, but who’s taking over at Florida QB post-Tebow????

Mark Bradley

January 23rd, 2010
9:11 pm

Brantley, I believe.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:16 pm

Yes, Mr. Brantley was the High School Player of the year in 2006 and is a much better passer than Tebow.

moving

January 23rd, 2010
9:17 pm

Tebow is movingout and Brantly is moving in. Tebow was great but expect a different animal next year…just don’t expect it to be easy JB is legit.

Herschel Talker

January 23rd, 2010
9:17 pm

Rex D – it’s John Brantley. He’s Matthew Staffordesque. Bulldawg fans who think the Gaytors are going to just start sucking all of a sudden aren’t paying attention. They will reload as always.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:18 pm

Herschel Talker I dont respect people who use Gaytors or UGAY; use some intelligence.

Georgia will ALWAYS dominate GT!!!

January 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

Tebow’s inner juice must really fuel Big Urb’s fire…..

Urban Meyer

January 23rd, 2010
9:29 pm

Told you I would be back. I own UGA!

DawgInDC

January 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

gonna be fun whipping floriduh next year…make no mistake they will lose at least 2 next year…urban meyer is lost, he needs some serious help….i guess tebow never led him to the Lord

GrowlDawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

It’s a recruiting ploy!

Mark Bradley

January 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

GrowlDawg, isn’t everything?

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

This is kind of funny Mark, UF fans want Richt to stay and UGA fans want Myer to retire.

Rob

January 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

Brantley is going to be a stud.

The Gators will continue to roll, that roster is stacked.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

This is quite funny Mark; most Gators want UGA to keep Richt and most Dawgs want Myer to retire.

GrowlDawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

MB: Well at least we agree!

Growwwlll

January 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

I hear Meyer is pregnant with Spikes’ love child…I’m just sayin’.

Growwwlll

January 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Says here Meyer will succeed Kiffin at USC

Herschel Talker

January 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

ga gator -

First of all, I don’t care what you think. Go stick yourself. Second of all, why don’t you learn how to spell your own coach’s name, you imbecile.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:51 pm

Nobody stays on top forever. The Gators will be good (10-2) but not great. Everything goes in cycles. You cant expect to lose your best offensive player and best defensive player and be as good next year. Brantley a stud? Kentucky game didn’t show me much. Experience can’t be discounted. Florida is going to run the football A LOT more next year while brantley grows into the position. Glad UGA has a stud backfield to rely on. I would be surprised to see any UGA qb throw it more than 20 times a game before mid-season.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:51 pm

Herschel Talker, can always tell when a DAWG is upset; he changes the subject or says the refs cheated.

Right On Time

January 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Did anyone think he was really going anywhere? Not predicting a win…but I assure you, coach Richt wants to beat a myers corched gatas team. True competitors always want to beat the man on top. They will once again be very solid…don’t expect a team like 2007. That said, UGA SHOULD be able to compete this year, unlike the last 2.

Dr dawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

I believe that Urban is suffering from Depression and anxiety. If you look at the interviews and the last game he coached you can see he felt get me out of here. The medicine has probably started working and he thinks that he can do it. That is the reason one day- say quiting and next day -say leave of absence. Your mind is a powerful thing. I feel for him and realize he will not get better until he leaves coaching. He has lost the balance between work, family and religion. He needs to talk to Mark and Bobby about how they survie. You can see his children want their daddy back. Mark ask him about the legacy he is leaving with his kids. Football is a game and your family is your legacy.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

After the ark game this year no gator fan can say anything about refs.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

Barking Dawg, actually they will throw more because they have a better thrower than Tebow. The offense will resemble the offense when Leak was a senior.

Mark Bradley

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

I’d say Barking Dawg is on point: Gators will be good but not great.

Go Gators

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

Meyer will succeed Royal at West Georgia

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

I was at your LSU game and I never heard such whining.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

Maybe. I never counted tebow runs as actual run plays. A good bit of those were read option.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

Mark, I am not saying they will be great, but the schedule is friendly and I would rather have Brantley at QB than an unknown. Toughest game will be at Alabama.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
9:59 pm

Thanks Mark. I was there when we beat Urban. I want him to stay. Every holmes needs his moriarty.

Urban Liar

January 23rd, 2010
9:59 pm

Complete baloney. He’s trying to help recruiting.

Key word : I PLAN to come back in Spring Practice.

Again, if he has a bad heart, he can’t, if he doesn’r have a bad heart, he lied.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
9:59 pm

Barking Dawg, were you there the one year you beat Zook?

Urban Liar

January 23rd, 2010
10:01 pm

Florida will lose 4 games minimum in 2010, Meyer loses 4 games a season 40% of the seasons, 2010 is a rebuilding year, looking at losses to LSU, Bama, Georgia, and Tenn or South Carolina. Might lose another game to either FSU, Miss St..

Meyer either goes 13-1 or 9-4, no one sees this as a 13-1 year, so we’re looking at 9-4 or worse.

Mark Bradley

January 23rd, 2010
10:02 pm

And Holmes has a new Watson, Barking Dawg.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
10:03 pm

Missed that one. Sure was a great game though. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Reid Adair

January 23rd, 2010
10:04 pm

I heard that on ESPN during the telecast of the Florida-South Carolina. They said Urban Meyer told reporters he had gained weight and was feeling better, but he still had to make some changes in his daily life.

I guess we will see. I really wonder what his wife and family think about this. She didn’t seem too pleased standing on the stage during the trophy presentations at the Sugar Bowl.

butch

January 23rd, 2010
10:04 pm

ROLLTIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
10:05 pm

Urban Liar, I guess you know more than ESPN, CNNSI, Rivals and all of the rest. Keep telling yourself it will be a down year and then remember it when at the end of the season you are back in Shreveport. I don’t remember Florida ever playing there.

Mark Bradley

January 23rd, 2010
10:06 pm

I also wonder about the dynamics of the Meyer family, Reid. But every family is a mystery from the outside.

Barking Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
10:07 pm

LOL!!! Yes he does. Here’s to new UGA coaching staff out to defeat the evil Gators. back to work for now gentlemen.

jp

January 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Damon evans has us playing 11 in a row with no off week until gt.this so we can increase our brand and fly across the country to play the buffs and return for the vols next.like we did vs sun devils and bama next. in 07 .would some one explain to this guy that there is an invention called a tv and on that invention the show shows like all of our games .cmr said he would like the front end of the slate to look a little different.tell evans we dont play in the sun belt.this guy is a joke.

Technophobia

January 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Florida will have as much talent as they ever have but not much experience. They lose 2 give or take 1.

Urban Liar

January 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

It’s been a good recruiting year for Florida, but Georgia is #4 according to ESPN. Not a big difference there.

Gators lost 4-5 coaches who all quit, and lost 11 starters. And they have the hardest schedule in the nation in 2010: Bama, LSU, Georgia, Tenn, South Carolina, Miss St., etc.

Rob

January 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Judging Brantley on his mop up duty against Kentucky is a bit, no, it is quite a lot stupid. The kid has a great touch and a very strong arm. Plus, he’s mobile.

Next season the Gators will look more like Utah of 04 than Florida of 09 . . .

Gatorzip74

January 23rd, 2010
10:11 pm

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Wall St. Journal: Top Recruits Won't Help Florida

January 23rd, 2010
10:11 pm

Florida is putting all their hopes for a big 2010 on their recruiting efforts. According to the Wall St. Journal, recruiting is not a cause of BCS success.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704304504574610421544186330.html

Technophobia

January 23rd, 2010
10:14 pm

Recruiting ploy? Sorry, I’m not that cynical, yet. His announcement was the day after Christmas and nobody seemed to see it coming. I just think his family had an “intervention” because he was losing weight, having chest pains, looked like crap and was generally working himself to death. So he made an emotional over reaction that he’s now backed off of IMO.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
10:14 pm

Urban Liar I guess you don’t read. They lost coaches who either got promotions or increased responsibilities. UF loses coaches because other schools come after them, one of the replacement coaches is even returning to Meyer’s staff. Meyer has lost 3 in the last 3 years to be Head Coaches as opposed to Richt who loses coaches because he shouldn’t have hired them in the first place.