Urban Meyer crushes Notre Dame rumors Monday

By Adam Silverstein
November 23, 2009

With Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis on the hot seat and set to be fired any day now, Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer has once again been shrouded in speculation about his future. For the third time in the last six months, Meyer took the time to refute any rumors about his interest in the Notre Dame job.

“I’ll dispel those rumors right now,” Meyer said during his Monday afternoon press conference. “I’m going to be the coach at Florida for as long as they’ll have me. We’ll make that clear.”

Prior to Meyer speaking, senior quarterback Tim Tebow was at the podium and asked a similar question about Meyer’s future. “I don’t think that’s anything he’ll do now, I think he’s enjoying his time here,” he said. “He loves working for [athletic director] Mr. [Jeremy] Foley. He loves being here at the University of Florida. He loves his players and I don’t think he wants to go to a place where he has to start fresh and start new. I don’t think he wants to do that. He enjoys being here. It’s the best place in football. I don’t know why he would leave. He’s enjoying it.”

Press Conference Notes:
– Redshirt sophomore back-up QB John Brantley was named Offensive Player of the Week for his three touchdown performance against the FIU Golden Panthers.

Michael Guilford, a walk-on defensive back/quarterback for the Gators who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2007, will be honored with his senior class next Saturday in The Swamp on Senior Day. “He’s got a terrific family, and we’ll just try to do the best we can to make that family feel at peace with what he did here, because he was a phenomenal young man and a phenomenal member of this team,” Meyer said.

– As he has been in the past, Meyer was emotional when discussing the Gators’ senior class, pausing multiple times during the press conference to compose himself and fight back tears when talking about the players.

– Meyer also mentioned that he believes Tebow has the intelligence and ability to coach Florida later in his football career.

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8 Comments

  1. Sarasota 'cane says:

    Why would any coach want the ND job? The only redeeming quality of South Bend is that it’s a short drive to Chicago. The same applies to OSU, MICH, MICH State, PENN State and so on. People want to live in the Sunbelt. We have air conditioning and swimming pools, they have furnaces and Snuggies!

    ND overplays the recruiting restriction angle to offset their lack of success over the last several years. ND needs to join a conference in order to begin to right that sinking ship. The game is passing them by, even as they cash the biggest checks in the NCAA. The Big East needs to drop ND for all sports if ND doesn’t want to join the conference in football.

  2. Brittany says:

    I’m glad Coach Meyer cleared up the Notre Dame rumors, I didn’t think that there was much substance to the rumors to begin with but it’s better that he just dismissed the rather than letting them linger until the off season. Also it’s nice to see that Michael Guilford will be remembered on Senior day. And personally I love that Coach Meyer gets emotional when he talks aout his seniors, it’s very sweet.

  3. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    Meyer is on top of the moutain right now….he would be crazy to leave…some think with Tebow and Spikes leaving there is a chance…they don’t realize we are going to be really good next year and Meyer is on pace to bring in the best class he has ever had here!!!!

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Meyer and Tebow definitely have a bromance. With that being said, seeing Meyer care so much about his players would definitely aspire other kids to play for such a coach. Meyer is not just a coach but a caring father figure which a good handful of these kids lack. Meyer continues to write his legacy each week.

  5. While the kids enjoy the love and personal attention, it may even be more of a selling point for their parents, who want to make sure their children are in the hands of coaches who actually care for them and don’t look at them just as their players.

  6. O-town Gator says:

    Coach Meyer was in the right place at the right time back in 2004 after Zook was fired, and IMHO he has turned the Florida football program around for the better. The atmosphere in the locker room is positive; it’s a supportive environment for younger players as the older players are expected to mentor them instead of humiliate and haze them. Drew Miller once commented that under Meyer he felt as though he had a home away from home.

    Urban Meyer belongs in Gainesville; I have a feeling that he had a soft spot for Florida all along, as was evident by the phone call he made to Shelley while he was at ND and by the way he describved having watched the Gators in action during the Spurrier era. I like to think that in a way, it was kismet – fate – that brought Meyer to Hoggetowne.

    If Notre Dame decides it’s in their best interest to let Charlie Weis go, they better realize that Urban Meyer is off-limits to them. That also applies to these morons in the media who don’t know when to stop their nonsense.

  7. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    I am sure NBC has an idea of how many millions they are losing because the Irish are so awful…..yet here are the Gators in Gville setting up a dynasty…they have to be sick over it…so keep writing stories Meyer is leaving…it’s wishful thinking…it’s very easy seeing Meyer here another 15 years and probably winning another 3-4 NC’s before it’s over!!!!!! SOS will always have a special place in our hearts but Meyer has been the perfect fit to take us to new heights….I’ll stop since it’s starting to sound like another love fest!!!!

  8. O-town Gator says:

    If Urban Meyer ever takes another job, I hope that it’ll be the Athletic Director position at UF if Jeremy Foley ever decides to retire.

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