The Silver Lining: A look at Urban Meyer to OSU

Urban Meyer is off to Ohio State to coach the Buckeyes, fulfilling a lifelong dream and continuing his storied career just 10 months after choosing to leave Florida because it was “time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.”

Gator Nation was rocked when the more-solid-than-ever rumors began a week ago and continued its uproar Monday when it was confirmed and later officially announced that Meyer would indeed be heading to Ohio State.

Plenty is being said in regards to whether or not Gators fans have a right to be upset at Meyer for taking a job just months after declaring that he needed to reevaluate his health and relationship with his family but there is not one correct answer as to how Florida fans should feel about Meyer’s decision and the way in which this situation unfolded.

Whether the perception is that Meyer was dishonest when communicating his intentions for leaving Florida, a culprit of circumstance with his dream job suddenly becoming available years sooner than expected, or a college football addict unable to satisfy his fix while sitting behind a desk working for a major network, each observation has its own legitimate merits to be considered for evaluation.

Let’s take a more complete look at the situation by examining each angle of the story.

HEALTH

The first of two reasons he noted as reasons for choosing to step down from his position with the Gators, Meyer said in 2009 that he had been ignoring his health for years, but a recent scare prompted him to “reevaluate my priorities of faith and family.” He wound up returning to Florida for 2010 but stepped away after the season for the same reasons he mentioned a year earlier.

In this day of harsh criticism for coaches, leaving a job to concentrate on your health is one of two ways in which a person will receive a pass (the other is family, which will be covered next), and rightfully so.

Meyer’s announcement was met with immense disappointment but a wealth understanding and well wishes from Gators fans, which appreciated his hard work and hoped that their future hall of fame coach would be around long enough to share in the glory they would impart upon him.

Though Meyer has said previously that his health issues are under control, one of the main reasons they were brought forth in the first place was the high level of stress he was under from managing one of the greatest college football programs in the country.

Ten months removed from his decision to leave Florida, Meyer has explained that his health is no longer a day-to-day issue but instead something he must monitor and control by doing the right things on a daily basis.

Meyer’s health issues originated from his inability to take care of himself. He ate at infrequent intervals, did not exercise regularly and had other poor habits that led to his health deteriorating. He made great strides in the area of self-improvement in 2010 and has done even better with a year off in 2011.

That is not to say Meyer can revert back to his old ways. He cannot. But the time he spent learning to take care of himself over the last two years has improved his health beyond his family’s expectations and provided him with the ability to take a new job.

FAMILY

The second part the statement Meyer made when deciding to resign focused on his inability to spend time with his family and watch his children grow up because of the time commitment forced on him by being a head football coach.

Florida fans, which embraced the entire Meyer clan from day one, equally understood this desire and supported Meyer to this end, even after he decided to spend a portion of his week working as an analyst for ESPN rather than at home with his family or on the road to watch his two daughters play volleyball.

The argument from the Gators faithful was that Meyer spending a few hours around college football each week was nowhere near the time commitment or stress level he was experiencing as a head coach at Florida.

Fans supported him with the same empathy they gave him in regards to his health. Despite others saying he was disingenuous, Meyer had the support of the Gators, something he may not have necessarily always felt in his final two seasons at the helm.

From his family’s perspective, Meyer spent more time with them than he ever had to his children’s memory. In fact, according to those who can speak to it, it was undeniably the best year the Meyer family had ever experienced together.

FLORIDA FAN BASE

Fans can be your greatest asset or your worst nightmare. The same ones that cheer and laud you one day can be fickle and petty the next…even if they don’t realize how much their nature might bother a person.

Following Meyer’s second national championship in three seasons (with the year in between resulting in the school’s third Heisman Trophy), he was questioned to no end about the decision to install Steve Addazio as offensive coordinator over Billy Gonzales (or anyone else for that matter).

Florida’s offense had become less electric and awe inspiring, leading fans to take for granted the fact that the Gators finished the regular season undefeated and had an opportunity to compete for their third national title in four years. Instead they focused on why UF was not more perfect heading into its tilt with Alabama for the SEC title.

When Florida lost that game by a margin wider than anyone could have imagined, the spoiled fan base exploded with criticism. Addazio may have been the target but Meyer felt each shot and took them personally. Losing hurts him deep down in his core, as he’s explained, but persistent attacks against his coaches and friends pain him just as much.

Things got even worse the following year when he put Addazio in charge of the entire program while he took a leave of absence. The offensive coordinator rounded up a bit of goodwill in the offseason due to his ability to keep the recruiting class together and win over fans in public speeches. However, he again became the brunt of criticism soon after the season got off to a slow start.

Meyer would never have fired Addazio despite cries from the Gators pleading with him to do so. He did not fault him for Florida’s woes and refused to place blame for the team’s struggles on his friend’s shoulders.

Yet Meyer felt the fans’ displeasure deep down inside. He knew they appreciated the victories and the championships but was also slightly perturbed at how vicious they could be after a 13-1 season (2009) and during a rebuilding year (2010).

He did not in any way leave the Gators because of the fans but there should be no question that he was frustrated with the fact that he had not garnered more trust and goodwill during his previous five years.

MEDIA SCRUTINY

After Florida found success again in a second BCS title, Meyer’s legacy with the Gators slowly started becoming less about victories and more about how often his players were getting in trouble with the law.

The count was on and it was just a matter of time before Florida’s “30 arrests” became a national punch line to some but both a burden and sign of disrespect to the coach.

Every arrest brought new accusations and assumptions about Meyer, that he had no control over his players, did not care what they did in their personal lives as long as they produced on the football field, and held winning as a priority above everything else.

There is no question that Florida is one of the most scrutinized programs in the country. In addition to the pressure from the fans, Meyer felt that he always had to answer for things he had less control over than people chose to believe.

THE TENNANT

The state in which Meyer left the Gators may lead one to believe that he would be a landlord’s worst nightmare.

At the crux of Gator Nation’s frustrations over Meyer agreeing to become the next head coach of the Buckeyes is one simple fact: He left Florida’s roster worse off than he found it following Ron Zook‘s tenure.

UF looked weak and inept for the second-straight season, finishing 6-6 (their worst record since 1979) one year after Meyer took a similar unit to an 8-4 record and bowl victory against Penn State.

He may have been the best coach in school history between the days he dropped off his security deposit and moved out for good, but Meyer left the cupboard bare, the carpet dirty and the walls in need of a new paint job.

The Gators were a fractured team when Meyer took over. Ron Zook was a great recruiter and filled the team with talent but was unable to coach the players up and failed when it came to leadership and forcing the student-athletes to take responsibility.

Meyer did great things both on and off the field while wearing orange and blue. In addition to the victories and championships, he rebuilt the program from the inside-out, began and continued a number of traditions, and made fans once again proud to be a part of the Gator Nation.

But Meyer lost a lot over the last two years. The vast majority of his coaching staff (truly beginning with Dan Mullen leaving for Mississippi State at the end of the 2008 season) was gone by the time 2010 rolled around.

He had handfuls of players being selected early in the NFL Draft and was even forced to dismiss the heir apparent to Tim Tebow in Cam Newton (who only went on to win a Heisman Trophy and national title for Auburn).

Recruits did not pan out the way he expected, losses began mounting and the excellent team chemistry Florida had been building for years suddenly disappeared.

Meyer even admitted it himself, telling new head coach Will Muschamp on several occasions that “this program is broken,” according to a recent column by The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley.

He expressed a similar sentiment after losing to Florida State in 2010, but his resolve was different at that time.

“I can assure you we’re going to rebuild this thing and build it up the right way and do it right,” he said. “Obviously we’re down a little bit. I didn’t believe we’d be that far down, but we are. So how do you build up a program? I’ve done it a few times and you build it up with tough players and tough coaches.”

The truth is that Meyer faced issues heading into 2010 and may have been confronted with even bigger ones if he had stuck around in 2011. Whether his decision to leave had anything to do with a potential lack of desire to rebuild a broken Gators team will remain an unknown but is no doubt a valid point for those landlords out there who do not appreciate the condition he left the home in.

BACK SO SOON?

Florida’s recent struggles are certainly on the minds of fans when they question why Meyer has decided to return to coaching, but his choice to do so less than a year after stepping down from the Gators is equally as disturbing to them.

When Meyer resigned, the expectation was that he would be out of the game for at least a few years. Some expected three or four, others believed he would need two years away from the action, but everyone (including his family) knew he would eventually return to coaching sooner than later.

No one could have legitimately predicted it would happen this quickly.

If this occurred on Nov. 28, 2012, the uproar would be minor. Meyer would have been off the sideline for nearly two years, watched one daughter graduate, seen another into her junior year of college, and been there while his son matured into a young man.

Instead it appears as if Meyer took a break rather than a sabbatical and just wanted a bit of space to regroup. That is not the case because, as you will soon read, the unique opportunity he was presented with was the primary reason for his return.

THIS IS FLORIDA

Many have been comparing Meyer’s departure from Florida and rebirth at Ohio State to a romantic relationship and truth be told the situation is not that far off. However, there is an important difference.

Usually when one partner leaves another it is to move on to a younger, more attractive and more appealing partner, one that provides benefits (whether mental, emotional or physical) or displays characteristics the other cannot and enables them to be a better person in the long run.

Gators fans refuse to believe (and rightly so) that they are the older, less attractive and less appealing partner. Florida is one of the premier football programs in the country, a fact that was true before Meyer arrived and has remained such since his departure.

Meyer himself said that he could not think of a better program – in terms of academic support, recruiting base, funding, etc. – to lead as a head football coach and was sure to say all the sweet nothings to make the Gators swoon at the sound of his voice.

“This is the premiere coaching position in the country,” he said at his introductory press conference.

He also indicated that his coaching mindset was “UF or nowhere” just one year earlier when he decided to return rather than ride off into the sunset.

“What I didn’t want to have happen, and I made this clear to Jeremy [Foley], if I am able to go coach, I want to coach at one place, the University of Florida,” Meyer said. “It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach. I don’t want to do that. I have too much love for this university and these players and for what we’ve built.”

Florida fell hard for Meyer and was rewarded with victories and national titles. The Gator Nation stood by him in his darkest hour, praying for his health and a happy home life even after a rough season.

And he rewards them by moving in with someone new less than a year after being apart?

DREAM JOB II

There have been some inane conspiracy theories floated recently, but the truth is that Meyer did not have had any idea that there would be two premiere coaching vacancies just months after he resigned from Florida.

Even while with the Gators, there were murmurs that Meyer might leave the team at some point should the Notre Dame gig became available. It did, and he stuck around.

When announcing his decision to leave, Meyer probably took a long look at the coaching landscape and realized that he would eventually have an opportunity to step into a top job a few years down the line.

Jim Tressel was winning at Ohio State but not coming through in the big game, Joe Paterno was holding steady at Penn State but nearing retirement, and no coach at Notre Dame had seen true success since Lou Holtz (1986-96).

Meyer’s lone promise was that no matter where his career took him or how long he remained a head coach, he could never imagine himself coaching another SEC school.

So when the Ohio State scandal broke and Tressel stepped down, Meyer realized that he was faced with a legitimate once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Despite Florida being Florida, Ohio State was and still is home for Meyer.

He may not have planned to be coaching OSU in 2012, but how could he turn down such an opportunity when it presents itself? A football nut like him? He couldn’t.

With the Penn State job toxic and Notre Dame under new management with Brian Kelly at the helm, Ohio State was likely the only school that could sway Meyer back to the circus that is college football.

And it just so happened that the job became open while he was unemployed and has a president so desperate to put his school’s rash of NCAA violations behind him that he will do anything in his power to make sure Meyer’s return to OSU is as perfect as can be.

The fact is that he is not Nick Saban going from LSU to Alabama or even Steve Spurrier heading to South Carolina following respective stints in the NFL. Meyer will not be competing against the Gators on an annual basis or trying to beat them and knock them out of the SEC race.

He would have been crazy to pass on this opportunity and walk away. Meyer declining the job he has always wanted would have eaten at him for the remainder of his career. The regret he would have felt would’ve been significantly worse and lasted much longer than any backlash he was prepared to incur and brush off his shoulders.

IN THE FACE OF SCANDAL

Meyer wanted to coach Ohio State so bad that he is willing to overlook the fact that the Buckeyes are about to be hit with penalties from the NCAA likely reinforcing the loss of scholarships and potentially adding bowl bans.

He has wanted to don the scarlet and grey so long that he has chosen to ignore the fact that his two current bosses possess neither integrity nor trustworthiness – two things he often praised about Jeremy Foley and Bernie Machen.

Meyer’s desire to coach Ohio State is so strong that, despite being disgusted with the “state of college football” just one year ago, he will be returning to the game at the helm of a school that could have been on the cover of his manifesto if he released one.

Some might label this has hypocrisy. The truth is that Meyer is simply looking out for his best interests. He has worked every day of his life to become a coach capable of running a top-ranked national program and was not going to let his opportunity to return home go by the wayside because of timing or penalties.

TIMING

There is no worse time to deliver bad news than immediately following other bad news.

If Muschamp had immediately reinvigorated the program and brought home another SEC East title (or at least a winning record against Florida’s rivals), some Gators fans would still be upset at Meyer but many others would take the mentality of, “Well, at least we’re all set with his replacement.”

Instead, Florida has just finished its worst regular season since 1979, did not defeat a single ranked opponent, lost to both Georgia and Florida State, and barely became bowl eligible after struggling to defeat Furman two weeks ago.

Their reward?

The two-time national champion coach that left just 10 months ago accepting a new job at Ohio State and…wait for it…a likely bowl game against his new employer.

Gators fans feel like they’re being kicked while their down, whether or not they want to admit it. It is tough to blame a fan base used to immense success for feeling that way or to criticize them for having that reaction.

Meyer proved one thing about himself in leaving the Gators and signing with the Buckeyes 10 months later.

No, he is not a “liar” – though some believe he may have lied.

No, he is not a “hypocrite” – though some of his actions may give one legitimate reasons to question his rationale even if he is being forthright and honest.

From what I have been told directly from people who would know better than anyone, Meyer’s motives were pure and his reasoning sound.

Despite what Meyer said upon stepping down, his actions compounded over the last year prove he just can’t quit college football. And in many respects, if you paid attention to the coverage yesterday, you would know that college football can’t quit him either.

Therefore, only one relevant and obvious conclusion stands above the rest.

Urban Meyer, like the rest of us, is imperfect.

And like the rest of us, that just makes him human.

The purpose of the above column was not to tell you how to feel but rather provide you with the necessary perspective to formulate your own opinion. Feel free to sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below.

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50 Responses to “The Silver Lining: A look at Urban Meyer to OSU”

  1. Sroode21 says:

    Really sounds like you have a soft spot for anyone who runs out when the going gets tough. Urban = Gatorbait … Bring back Zook for special teams coach and recruiting.

  2. Bob M says:

    You are right about what you say. However, the inference that this is what he should do is wrong. I realize you are the messenger and for me to shoot you is wrong. Personally, I agree, but the lack of discipline he propogated over the past few years, the vast gap between the newer players and the older players and all those darned arrests, this makes it difficult to see Urban as anything more than a mercenary. Good luck at Ohio State, the guru of the “spread smoke and mirrors” is at a different school and ANYONE that thinks he can bring the same results to Columbus should be examined for mind altering drugs.

    Good work, PLEASE keep this coming.

    • Not inferring anything. In some aspects he deserves blame, in others he doesn’t. Which is which is for you to decide.

      • Bob M says:

        I agree and, being the “jilted lover,” it’s tough. Personally I think we’re in good hands and seeing the lack of success on the field this year, I think this will be reversed in the years to come. Just because he left does NOT diminish the program and it’s spot in the top two programs in the country. We a gonna be just fine. (sic)

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Maybe not the same success, 2 NC in 6 yrs, but he will be su ccessful. He is in a vastly easier league, Ohio is a fertile recruiting ground with kids dying to go to OSU. He has the perfect QB for his system. He will certainly win Big 10 champs rather quickly. more than that? good luck, they’re not the SEC

  3. Sjkoepp says:

    Very well written article. It’s nice to get some sort of objectivity.

  4. Sroode21 says:

    A Quitter is a Quitter that’s all, He had the worst Tebow hangover then any other Gator fan in the nation!!!! I guess you can catch up on all that lost family time in just 10 months !!! Just putting that out there. Have great respect for Coach Boom and the work that he and the players have done, we will get through the tough time… Go Gators

  5. Sroode21 says:

    “What I didn’t want to have happen, and I made this clear to Jeremy [Foley], if I am able to go coach, I want to coach at one place, the Univesity of Florida,” Meyer said. “It would be a trav es ty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feel­ing back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sud den go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach. I don’t want to do that. I have too much love for this university and these players and for what we’ve built.”. That’s from The horses mouth…. Wow hypocritical don’t ya think?

  6. Joonas says:

    Like you stated, it’s tough to hear the news of his comeback after such a disappointing season but I have no doubt Muschamp will get the team back to where it was. Maybe Muschamp will finally get that big, power running back that Meyer never could.

  7. John S says:

    I appreciate the article, it is very complete and unfortunately correct. What bothers a lot of Gators is that many defended him during his “break” and now feel like fools. He probably did feel jilted that the fan base wasn’t more patient after all of the success, but unfortunately the concerns fans voiced have proven entirely correct. While I do think he is a great coach, having Tim Tebow and the incredible defenses Charlie Strong produced were just as crucial to the success he experienced as he was. I think HE failed to see that.

    This move is what’s best for HIM and I understand that, that has been the case for the last 2 years. It was not the best thing for UF or (from the rumored contract) his family.

  8. Rick Jackson says:

    Adam, outstanding article – as always – fact based, balanced and fair. Like every Gator out there, this news certainly stings. That said, I wish Coach Myer nothing but the best, and thank him for his years of excellent service to the University of Florida and what he has meant to our program and players. Our options are to whine about this or get on with life … I choose the latter.

  9. Tampa Gator Girl says:

    I’m looking forward to Muschamp rebuilding our Gator team and having us come back up at top as winners! Who needs a liar as a coach anyways? If Urban wants to be at THE Ohio State University, I’m happy for him. We don’t need him at UF. Besides, Urban will get his due one day… what goes around comes around. It always does. And then all of Gator Nation will have the last laugh. GO GATORS!!

  10. Aligator says:

    My hope is that We can have a successful program like Oklahoma and others with coaches that are in it for a while longer ….

    • Ken (CA) says:

      yup, and I really thought that is what we were going to get in UM, and why so disappointed the he returned so soon at OSU

  11. Gators11 says:

    I wish him the best, he did a lot for our program, what I just don’t understand is why hasnt anyone addressed the current players that is what really bothers me, I would just think they would be the ones who are really affected the rest of us need to move on, we werent the ones being looked at in the eye and told he will be with us for the next four years and be the father figure alot of these boys have never had. Adam I would loe to hear your opinion on this topic, thanks for all of te coverage on everything we are lucky to have you!

  12. Jam Dog says:

    “Meyer’s health issues originated from his inability to take care of himself. He ate at infrequent intervals, did not exercise regularly and had other poor habits that led to his health deteriorating.”

    I was a student at UF for Urb’s entire tenure and I frequently saw him jogging around campus, including quite often in 2010…

    • If you’re burning calories and not consuming them…what happens? Also yes, 2010 is when he started doing it again after the scare in 2009. It was the end of 08 and all of 09 that was the issue.

  13. David says:

    Anybody know anything regarding the rumors that Meyer will get Mickey and possibly some other coaches from UF?

  14. gatormiami says:

    Let’s be real! Urban Meyer is 1/3 of a great coach. When OC Dan Mullen left for MSU, he became 2/3.When DC Charley Strong said goodbye, Urban was down to 1/3 of a great coach. He’ll recruit, but Meyer damn well better get 2 great coordinators or the burnout will miraculously return to Urban Meyer at Ohio State…..

  15. npgator says:

    This will feel a lot worse on January 2nd when OSU kicks our asses. It will be then and only then that we realize who and where we are.

  16. gatormiami says:

    I agree. After the Gators’ upcoming bowl disaster & a 6-7 record, the question will be…….IS IT COACH BOOM OR COACH BUST? And Dan Mullen looks to be headed to Penn State. Would Muschamp be offered that job? Let’s be sure to hire another unproven coach next time…… wost record in decades….. lost 11 recruits, so far…. but stuck with a losing 5th year QB!

  17. Bobg says:

    I don’t doubt the facts are accurate; although several are really interpretations. The one aspect of the Meyer defense that torques my jaw is the implication that Gator fans are spoiled, and that that drove Meyer’s decision in any way.

    First. Meyer was exempt from contact with the great unwashed Gator Nation. Foley gave him a pass on even doing Gator Clubs, and he consistently avoided them. His contact with the Gator Nation was apparently at the rarefied level–if at all, and apparently only when he felt the urge.

    Second, as noted. The support that he was given during his “crisis” was almost unprecedented. Apparently that counted for little. The criticisms of 2010 were almost exclusively directed at that good man Addazio, who was trying his best to juggle multiple responsibilities. Meyer was mostly exempt. Do not revise history.

    Third. I read Gator Country and a few other blogs. If those are what folks refer to as spoiled fans, then all I can say is log out and rejoin the world of rational people. I cannot believe that Meyer, or anyone else, would take the crap that flows through those forums seriously. If he did, he should have looked through the archives to see what was thrown at Zook–who never flinched by the way–to gain some perspective. Or he could have cruised over to warwhine or the osu sites (post 2006) to see real vitriol.

    Poor urbie. If he thinks the pressure at osu, will be any less, then good luck to him. Actually, I can argue against my own premise here, because if the NCAA nuts up for a change and levies the kinds of sanctions that are deserved, there will be no expectations at osu. Maybe that is one of the big attractions. Big stadium, big band, red sweater vest, no expectations.

    Maybe everything that Adam says is accurate, and Urbie is as pure as the driven snow. Maybe fate just led him to this point; but, I have a very sour taste in my mouth. The sooner I can put Urban Meyer, the former Gator coach, on the back burner of my mind the better. He is history, joining Bob Woodruff, Doug Dickey, Charlie Pell, Galen Hall, Gary Darnell and Steve Spurrier in the long line of former Gator coaches.

    • Bobg says:

      PS With one possible exception (Dan Snyder’s favorite former coach), he is distinguished by being the richest of all former Gator Coaches. I do not buy into the premise offered by some, that he is owed anything. He already collected to the tune of about $25mil.

    • I tried to make it pretty clear in regards to the fans that it was NOT the implication I was making, simply a point of order that should be noted.

      Yes, the criticisms were directed at Addazio. If you read what was actually written, you would see that Meyer was bothered at the insane amount of hatred being thrown Addazio’s way. I did not re-write history…you chose to infer something that was not written.

      Finally…nothing I said was to have you believe that Urban was “as pure as the driven snow.” The point of the column, which you have apparently missed, is for you to draw your own conclusions and come up with your own opinion. You seriously misunderstood a lot of what was written, which no one else apparently has.

      • ncgator says:

        Adam, one of the best articles you’ve ever written. It was clear, concise and inferred no bias either way. Personally, I have mixed emotions about the whole ordeal. Is Urban a traitor? That’s just ridiculous! Who could have seen the Tressel debacle coming. It was a perfect storm for Meyer and he took advantage of it. Good for him. He brought us 2 NC’s in a short period and for whatever reason enough was enough. As with Spurrier, thanks for all you did and for making the gators better than they were.
        Is Muschamp and his staff the right group to bring the gators back? Who knows? I do know the bull gators and power brokers who have Foley’s ear are not a patient group. I also know, regardless of what others may think, that JD and JB are the perfect fit for the offense this staff wants to run. That being said, this recruiting class is critical to Muschamp’s success. He HAS to have 2 real running backs. He has to get high quality receivers and he has to get silo’s on the offensive line. Anything less will not give him enough ammunition to keep his job past 2013.
        P.S. For those out there who want Zook back for any position, you need your heads examined.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I liked Gary Darnell, and he was a heck of a defensive coodinator. I never understood why he was overlooked so much.

  18. Bob M says:

    Adam:

    Good facts, I responded earlier with comments and will repeat here again, facts are facts and sometimes difficult to swallow. Urban Meyer is NOT Ted Kasinski (sp) but what he did to Florida is bad. There is a lot of frustration from the Gators and many others in the country are looking at Meyer with the same eyes as we have.

    Good article, all 3,436 words inside. Keep up the good work.

  19. Bobg says:

    Tut. tut.

    My post came after about 32 comments. Sorry I hurt your feelings, but I was commenting on the entire body of commentary. Some of my comments were obviously not even a direct response, but a general opinion on the situation.

    I enjoy your site. I assume that you have some inside knowledge, and I visit to glean as much as I can of that. I enjoy that it is a place which is usually free of the over heated rhetoric of some sites. On the other hand, I have been around the block a few times, and do have opinions. Whether any particular individual agrees, or for that matter whether anyone agrees, is largely irrelevant.

    • You didn’t “hurt my feelings” whatsoever. However, you put words in my mouth and misrepresented some things I wrote quite clearly. Therefore, I felt it was necessary to be very specific in correcting you. Of course you are allowed to have your opinions, but in addition to giving your opinions you made comments that showed you did not fully understand a few things I had written. Because of that, I felt I had to show you where you misunderstood.

  20. Vance Fillingame says:

    I wish him the best of luck! He gave us a great ride and I thank him for that! I was at the Bball game when he was introduced and I looked to my friend and said “this poor bastard has no clue what he’s in for if he doesn’t win”! And that’s what he did, WIN!!! All I can say is “IT’S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR! best of luck Urban Myers, it’s been a blast!! Hope to see you in the BCS championship game someday, cause now you’re GATOR BAIT!!!!

  21. SaraGator says:

    Listen my Gator brethren – Urban Meyer isn’t worth this much turmoil. He came to do a job, succeeded for awhile and he left when he couldn’t do the job. We should just say “thank you” and move on.

    Coach Muschamp mentioned in his introduction speech…. we shouldn’t get worked up with recruits who sign at other schools. He wants guys who want to be Gators. And, that’s how we should treat our coaches. Right now, Coach Muschamp wants to be a Gator, so we should treat him with respect by standing behind him.

  22. John S says:

    What really stings about this move is that it only truly hurts the players, administration and fans who had his back. The potentially spoiled among us (maybe myself included) had already written him off. While Foley was very classy as was Machen, don’t for a minute think that they’re OK with it. In his own words this is a “travesty” to those people.

    I think Meyer was spoiled by his success and incapable of accepting criticism. If that’s the case he won’t last anywhere. Maybe that’s what he should have been working on during his break. He’s never even been on the hot seat for God’s sake, yet he preaches like a victim.

  23. Jlbob says:

    Thanks Adam, that was grat perspctive. At the end of the day I just don’t like ohio state, so I don’t wish him the best. I hope its awful and mabe some day down the line he goes somewhere else and enough time passes that I can cheer for him, and be prideful of the fact that he was a gator. I know the osu job coming up changed his outlook on when to choose another job, but after saying the things he did I think he painted himself into a corner, and destroyed some of his integrity by choosing to step out of that corner and accept a job so soon. Hopefully coach boom is in it for the long haul and we can avoid bein another one o thos coaching turnover programs.

  24. Ken (CA) says:

    Adam, I finally had a chance to sit down and really thoroughly read this and I think this is one of your best.

    I think one thing that is important to point out is that 2010 was never really communicated as a “rebuilding” year. We knew we had lost tons of talent, but all the hype of incredible recruiting classes the previous 3 years in cluding 1 that was supposed to be the “best ever put together anywhere”, then watching the team struggle so mightily was stunning. We expected a dropoff maybe a 9-4 type season in a year where we werent rebuilding we were just getting incredible talent lots of experience. struggling to a 7-5 record was completely unexpected. On top of that, 2011 came along and this was supposedly still an incredibly talented but young team. Hearing now after the season how bare the cubbard actually was and the lack of talent really comes as a s urprise to many of us.

    After getting the experpience last year, I truly thought this year’s defense was going to be akin to 2006 and with Brantley now running the pro-style office he is so suited for with receivers like Debose and Dunbar to stretch the field, and a combination of brusing backs (Gilislee and Brown) to our speed backs, this offense seemed primed as well. 10-2 season seemed a very reasonable thought pre-season.

    I am one who has been complaining about how poorly this team seems to be coached, I guess I bought in to the hype as well, thinking this was an incredibly talented and skilled team.

  25. CF says:

    This is not directly related to Meyer, but:

    There’s news that Dan Mullen is going to Penn State. Am I the only one thinking we should fire Boom and hire DM? He’s a proven success at being a HC, Boom is not. It seems Meyer’s offense was really Mullen’s offense. Thought?

  26. Fernzpat says:

    I believe you are the only one CF.

  27. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Good article and in reality this whole thing is just bizarre…I don’t hold a grudge against Meyer as he did what no one could have imagined taking us to two national titles…the one thing I keep hearing is him saying UF was the top of the mountain…that being said UM built an incredibile coaching staff and as that got raided many questioned the replacements..but one thing Meyer did better than anyone is he got his players to believe in each other and the coaching staff and he also is the best at motivating a team I have ever seen…the other thing that did bother me is despite the family atmosphere he sold is we still kept seeing the arrest continue that started during Zook’s era…still not sure why that is but still is the one thing about Meyer’s stay at UF that was very disapointing….and if you look at the recruiting classes he has certianly not left us void of talent…sure he could have left a traditional RB and a deeper OL but there is talent all over our roster and it’s up to WM to fill in the holes…GO GATORS!!!

  28. Hiram Magillicutty says:

    Meyer couldn’t ball with Saban anymore. He knew it was a sinking ship when he psyched everyone out the first time. Charlie strong is what made that team win championships!!!! Not Meyer. Meyer = Fail. You will never have an SEC caliber team again ever in your life time.EVER!!!!!! Good luck at being the big fish in the little pond. SEC OWNZ MEYER.

  29. john says:

    Meyer needs to coach at a place where he can win running the spread. He saw in ATL that SEC defenses had caught up to it. Not so in the Big 10

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