It’s hard to be the head coach at any college football program. No matter how modest the school, the football team is the crown jewel of their sporting crown, unless they’re a basketball school. Even then, it’s a lot of pressure. From the looks of things, the pressure (and health scares) got the best of Urban Meyer, who is resigning from the University of Florida at the end of this season. His final game as head coach will be to guide his 7-4 Gators through an Outback Bowl versus Joe Paterno’s Pen State Nittany Lions.
Say what you want to about Meyer (and yesterday I saw a lot of praise/vitriol directed toward Meyer), but the one thing the man could do is coach. Yes, he had the greatest college football player of all time on his Florida squad, but what about those years without Tim Tebow at Bowling Green and Utah? Urban Meyer is the winningest coach of the last ten years. He’s won 81.7% of his games and was the original BCS buster when he went undefeated at Utah in 2004; he also engineered three 13-1 seasons at Florida and claimed two national championships in three years.
You can’t hate the player, just the game, and Meyer had that. I imagine he’ll be back in football in a few years, but until then he’s taking a well-deserved break. Still, if Cameron Newton hadn’t gotten in trouble and left Florida, you’d have to imagine that Meyer would still be coaching, if only for one more year.
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