Urban Meyer takes the Ohio State job; do Gators feel jobbed?

"Let's see: Where can I land after I retire for the third time?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Let's see: Where can I land after I retire for the third time?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The second retirement of Urban Meyer lasted 51 weeks. (Up from the first retirement of Urban Meyer, which lasted half a day.) And how, if you’re a Florida fan, do you feel today?

Your team is coming off a 6-6 season and the coach who retired to spend more time with his family is uprooting that family and taking it to Columbus. Yes, the Urbanator won two national championships — one more than all other Gator coaches combined — while in Gainesville, but now he’s back coaching another school after a retirement that was really a nice long nap interspersed with appearances on ESPN, and there’s some reason to believe his successor, Will Muschamp, is in over his head.

Oh, and guess who Florida figures to meet in the Gator Bowl? Ohio State.

When last a Florida coach left of his own accord, Steve Spurrier hopped to the NFL and gave it the ol’ college try for three seasons. Meyer is back doing what we all figured he’d be back doing after 51 weeks. And Florida is in as bad a shape as Florida ever gets. (At least Ron Zook left a reservoir of talent for his successor, who happened to Meyer.)

Urban Meyer is a great coach: On this we can agree. I’m not sure, however, that Gator fans regard him as quite a great a Gator as they once did.

(For the record, here’s what Muschamp said about Meyer last week, courtesy of David Jones of Florida Today: “He’s a first-class guy. But with his deteriorating health and his family, as important as that is to him, I wouldn’t think he would [take the Ohio State job].”‘)

By Mark Bradley

253 comments Add your comment

trevinb

November 28th, 2011
9:47 am

I loved Coach Muschamp’s jab last week to Urban when it was first announced.

ClemsonBrad

November 28th, 2011
9:48 am

First! MARK! one for Clemson please!! we need a win

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Dang. Third.

But my beloved Packers are still smokin’, molten lava hot! :-)

Frank Lane

November 28th, 2011
9:54 am

Hi is disingenuous at the least.

Dawg '85

November 28th, 2011
9:55 am

Feel free to steal this line MB… “Ohio State Goes From Coach Fikkel to Coach Fickle!” Will be interesting to see how many times UM changes his mind over this one… especially if they face tough sanctions from NCAA probe.

Fair Dinkum

November 28th, 2011
9:56 am

One thing is for sure, Meyer will have more success at Ohio State than Muschamp will have at Florida.

NC Dawg

November 28th, 2011
9:56 am

What did Muschamp say?

Gator Stomp

November 28th, 2011
9:59 am

He is dead to me. I hope he loses every game he coaches as a Buckeye. If things don’t go his way there, he will quit on them too. Character is character, and he has none.

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:00 am

Good for Urbane, good for OSU, but mostly, who cares?

UGA Insider

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Meyer left Muschamp with 60 scholarship players…. Muschamp looked miserable Saturday night and I know that look well because I was with him the night Chris Doering lit him up for 200 yards receiving in the GA/Fl game. I could see Muchamp leaving if the right job opens up…I don’t think he likes UF at all. I hear Driskell is transferring as well.

hank

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Could not possibly care less about OSU or FLA. Quick question though for someone about the BCS.

If GA beats LSU and three team from a conference cannot go to BCS bowls, who gets jabbed, LSU or AL? The SEC Champ would go to the Sugar Bowl and who would go to the Capital One Bowl Bama or LSU?

J-Tag

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

The man is a winner, but he’s unreliable. Starting, quitting, starting again, quitting again. My guess is he stays at OSU maybe five years, and then retires to “spend more time with his family.”

SimpleDawg

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

The Urbane Crier is where he belongs.

Will mus’ feel a little heat following the Champ.

Maybe Richt can make his mark on the SEC now.

Dawg_Mike

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Dang, Gator stomp….tell us how you really feel.

Herschel Talker

November 28th, 2011
10:02 am

MB:

Couldn’t be happier watching all those Gainesville rednecks stewing about this. This is just great.

HT

bill

November 28th, 2011
10:02 am

Can’t decide between Urban Liar or Urban Blight.

Howard

November 28th, 2011
10:02 am

I just loved Meyer denying he had ever been approached…do these big-time coaches think people are village idiots?? Of course he wasn’t approached but his damn agent (s) were approached with a contract offer. He’ll be a huge success at Ohio State but he had better beat Michigan or he might go into retirement again. His other “retirements” were ego driven anyway…losing that SEC title game and his four year meal ticket in Tebow was too much for his ego. And as for Muschamp, I bet Texas is thankful their coach in waiting left them to screw up another big-time program. He’s definitely another Ron Zook maybe worse…more like a Mike DuBose at Bama. One final thing…I saw Charley Weis on the sideline and the guy looked like Mark Mangino II…so much for gastric by-pass surgeries.

Urban Legend

November 28th, 2011
10:02 am

So Urban Meyer leaves Florida because of health issues and to spend more time with his family ? Then immediately gets a job at ESPN. Now decides to become head coach at Ohio State ? What a liar. He also lied when asked about potentially being the Ohio State coach. “I haven’t had any contact with Ohio State.” What a liar !

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2011
10:03 am

I’ve included Muschamp’s comment from last week above.

DingleBerry

November 28th, 2011
10:03 am

What the hail position is Kirk herbstreit gonna coach?

Dawg_Mike

November 28th, 2011
10:03 am

Urb bolted from UF when he realized that the cupboard was bare. Or was it? Supposedly they were loaded with 5 star talent …..

J

November 28th, 2011
10:04 am

Didn’t he cite health concerns as a reason for retiring? I thought he had a heart attack or something. Maybe he was sick with a case of Pete Carrollitis and he got out before the symptoms started.

DP

November 28th, 2011
10:04 am

Stir the pot Mark. Meyer twice as many national championships for Florida in 5 years as Georgia has won in the last 65 and Florida fans should be mad at him?

Amazingly, Meyer won those championships without ever being annointed by you as the “standard bearer of the SEC”. You gave that title to Georgia, loser of 18 out of its last 22 against Florida, and not one of the 5 different SEC schools that have won a combined 7 BCS championships (soon to be 8) since 1998.

Dawg_Mike

November 28th, 2011
10:05 am

Ohhhhh nice jab Muschamp!

Raiderbeater

November 28th, 2011
10:06 am

Florida Gators…….not even the head coaches are loyal through thick and thin……sad.

O-H

November 28th, 2011
10:06 am

SUCK IT FLORIDA

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:06 am

He won’t be getting the stacked teams in Ohio, like he did in the swamp lands.
Do you think that he might be able to get Tebow to enroll up there with those farmers, in their school, and go another four years?

PMC

November 28th, 2011
10:07 am

My beef with Meyer is not that he left Florida. It’s WHY he left. How is his “health” going to be any better at Ohio State? It’s the same job, the same stresses. It’s his dream job and it was open. I get him moving, but he’s one step above Petrino in his Honesty and Integrity, not that those two mores are important to anyone in any kind of power in this country.

Be the Ohio State coach, but keep your freaking morality garbage to yourself Urban. You’re full of crap in that arena and STOP telling me about your family and watching volleyball.

Raiderbeater

November 28th, 2011
10:08 am

If you are a recruit….don’t go to Florida, your coach will abandon you at the first sight of trouble….it’s starting to become a tradition there….UGA is what loyalty is about. Richt cares about you and the teams development. Look at all the NFL players from UGA.

NC Dawg

November 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Thanks Mark for the update.

Gatorzone

November 28th, 2011
10:09 am

MEyer is a Lyer!!!

Muschamp and Weiss are terrible, but they took over a team with an empty cupboard… THat is the real reason Meyer quit!

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:09 am

Did Urbane Meyer petrino the Gators?

PMC

November 28th, 2011
10:09 am

He’s going to get the same players he did at Florida, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we don’t here about them having the same kinds of dicipline problems. Not because they aren’t happening, it’s because the Columbus media is completely in the tank for the school. Just like it is everywhere else in the B1G. See Penn State. Urban is going to run that town like a dictator.

TheBigCat

November 28th, 2011
10:10 am

Who wants to coach in the State of Florida? The state is loaded with high school “athletes”, and you have to take them to keep your job or the fan bases will run you out of town. The problem is 90% of them are trouble kids who do nothng but cause problems off the field. Sorta like the situation is becoming in the State of Georgia.

Coach somewhere else and go into Florida and cherry pick the good apples.

PMC

November 28th, 2011
10:10 am

He will win championships though. I’m pretty certain of that and quickly.

Alex Hawke

November 28th, 2011
10:11 am

Poor Sharrif Floyd…. God told Urban he had a plan for him at uf with the gators vs OSU… so being the god fearing young man he is he’s now stuck in what is apparently a swift and oh so sweet fall to mediocrity for the man child led gators. And if I am a recruit… hide the meatloaf if Charlie Weiss is knocking at the door…

chuckie doll

November 28th, 2011
10:13 am

I truly enjoyed watching Meyer coach at Florida, sad that he said he left for health reasons and to spend more time with family and all of a sudden a year later he is back in the game of coaching, makes ya wonder if he knew something was cooking up at Ohio State. Oh well, I’m sure he will be successful there, he’s always wanted that job, there she blows!

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:13 am

If people do not think that OSU and the other teams in their conference are not trying to recruit the same players that the SEC teams are, then they need to take a bite of the reality apple.

richierich

November 28th, 2011
10:13 am

Any thought the AD is a hard person to work with? see Spurrier , Felton, other who have left ?
RR

buck

November 28th, 2011
10:13 am

Urb saw the handwriting on the wall is the reason he left Fla.

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
10:14 am

At the rate Urban’s going, he’ll have more retirement/unretirements than Brett Favre.

PMC

November 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Florida and Ohio State recruit the same types of players Ohio State just tends to be more national because the state of Ohio doesn’t produce as many D1 level players as Florida. Urban will get plenty of Floridians, Georgians and Californians.

what a joke

November 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Urban ran when he realized the players he recruited were not as good as their hype.

Rickster

November 28th, 2011
10:15 am

And does he have to return any gifts he got at his retirement party?

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:15 am

@10;13, delete one of the nots.

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2011
10:16 am

Jeremy Foley is considered one of the best athletic directors in the nation.

trupert

November 28th, 2011
10:16 am

Urban Meyer knew when the getting out was good. No Tebow and a SEC schedule, not so good. No Tebow and his new schedule, not so bad.

With no competition for recruits and only two good teams to get ready for each year, he should be just fine.

SawThat1nce

November 28th, 2011
10:17 am

He petrinoed the Gators.

DawginLex

November 28th, 2011
10:17 am

The health thing scared Meyer and more importantly, Mrs Meyer. It was real. I have had too may gator friends tell me so.

It turned out to not be his heart so he just decided to rest for a year.

Ohio is home.

Not a surprise.

Mark Bradley

November 28th, 2011
10:19 am

There’s really nothing the Gators could have done. The guy said he was retiring. Should Foley have said, “We won’t let you?”

But you know Foley had to believe this day would come eventually