Urban Meyer is a pretty smart guy. He has taken his health condition seriously enough to save him years of his life and has left a whole row of doors open to him when he is ready to return to coaching football.
The second most adored man in Gator nation saw an opportunity to gracefully leave Gainesville and took it, because the truth is that Urban Meyer has coached his last game with the Florida Gators. “Well why not come out and just say it?” you might be asking but, the truth is that Urban Meyer IS actually ill and although it’s “non-life threatening” a heart condition is something you might want to have looked at. Anyways, let’s get to one of the most brilliant, sports, public affairs strategies we’ve seen in a long time.
The Gators will most likely beat the coachless Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday (Their coach bolted for the Notre Dame vacancy, in a selfish move that is exactly opposite of the plan I am about to describe). Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer will both be carried off the field and crying like babies during the press conference and….roll credits. Meyer has kept his promise to all of the players he recruited when he first started coaching in Gainesville and he will still be “around” for the players he might have recruited recently. Offensive Coordinator Steve Addazio who is well liked; will be in charge of everything football until further notice, Steve had better get comfortable.
In about 45 days, you will start hearing rumors about NFL teams contacting Urban Meyer about their head coaching positions. There are going to be an estimated 8 NFL vacancies this off-season and which general manager wouldn’t want a proven leader that has turned every team he’s coached into winners. Well you might be asking “What about Gator Nation?” Well, Steve has all of that under control and it wouldn’t be fair to take the job away from him now and besides, he is long overdue for a college head coaching position anyways. Urban’s new NFL team will introduce him (I am guessing either Buffalo or Jacksonville) and that will be that, endgame. Urban gets a short vacation, Gator nation is content, and an NFL team just got better.
I’m not painting this to be a diabolical scheme by Urban Meyer, he actually is ill and you can see him aging rapidly on failed 3rd and short conversions, but this is brilliant strategy. It’s time for Coach Meyer to go to the next level, and if a Quarterback by the name of Timothy Tebow from the University of Florida is available….well I’m just sayin’