Urban Meyer might just be one of the greatest coach that the University of Florida has ever seen. After proving himself at Utah, Meyer came to UF with a huge upside and all the potential in the world. I would be so bold as to say that he did not disappoint Gator-nation. Let us reflect on a very talent resume while coaching the storied University of Florida football program:
– 2005 (First year at UF): 9-3 record (5-3 SEC record) including an undefeated record at The Swamp and a bowl victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL. Quick side note: Florida would have faced LSU in the SEC Championship Game if not for a loss to South Carolina in the final game of the season
– 2006: 13-1 record (8-1 in SEC) with the only loss coming to Auburn. The Gators went on to win the SEC Championship Game over Arkansas 38-28. Florida earned a berth in the BCS National Championship game where they defeated Ohio State 41-14. This was the first BCS bowl game for the Gators since the 2001 Orange Bowl and the first national championship since the 1997 Sugar Bowl over the rival Florida State Seminoles.
– 2008: 13-1 record and another BCS National Championship win over Oklahoma. During the season the Gators enjoyed wins over 6 ranked teams. The only loss during this season was to Mississippi following which a famous statement was made by a particular Gator quarterback, “You will never see a team work so hard…,” but we will get to that later. Those Gators went on to win a huge game, some might even call it an upset, of the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. During the victory, Florida dominated Alabama and earned a right to play Oklahoma which we already known how that ended. (That famous statement was made by Tim Tebow who just so happened to go on to win a Heisman Trophy at Florida becoming one of only 3 players in school history to win the coveted trophy).
– 2009: 12-0 record through the regular season. The Gators, under the direction of Meyer, entered the SEC Championship Game ranked #1 and looking to once again advance to the BCS National Championship Game. Unfortunately for Gator-nation, Florida ran into a stiff Alabama defense and a guy by the name of Mark Ingram who wrecked the BCS bound Gators with a 32-13 loss. Florida went on to defeat Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl winning 51-24 finishing the season with a 13-1 record for the second consecutive year.
Following the 2009 season Coach Meyer was admitted to the hospital suffering from chest pains and dehydration. Coach Meyer was later released from the hospital with no significant complications but the incident lead to a very serious discussion of Meyer’s football future with the University of Florida. In December, Coach Meyer walked away graciously from his beloved game citing concerns for his personal medical health and his family.
So let us review…2 consecutive 13 win seasons, 2 national championships and a Heisman trophy winning quarterback….sure sounds like a winner to me. Now Coach Meyer moves onto The Ohio State University (yes I made sure to include “The” for all you crazed Buckeyes).
Reaction: Good for Coach Meyer. Urban Meyer is good at many things but as a avid fan of college football I believe Coach Meyer is great at one thing in particular…..winning football games. Coach Meyer will be a great addition to a struggling OSU that truly needs a beacon of light in these dark times. Some may question why Coach Meyer would not consider coaching at Florida once more. My opinion is that Coach Meyer could only taint his legacy at UF if he were to return. The facts are that UF is going to be going through a period of rebuilding and developing that will tarnish Coach Meyer’s impeccable shine. That being said, I wish nothing but the best to Coach Meyer and to his family in this transition back to coaching life. However, bleeding orange and blue to the core I hope that someday we can meet Coach Meyer in a BCS title game and squash those silly Buckeyes!