Urban Meyer Resigns at Florida
Adrian Peterson isn't the only person making news in the world of football as for the second time in about a year, Coach Urban Meyer has resigned as the coach of the Florida Gators football team, citing the desire to spend more time with his family. He leaves the school having won 64 games in only 6 seasons including two straight 13 win seasons. The University of Florida won two NCAA national championships during the time Urban Meyer was the head coach there, a remarkable tenure in spite of the way it ended with a five loss season in 2010.
Coaching Career of Urban Meyer
As a head coach in men's college football, he has had nothing but success. He began as the head coach at Bowling Green where he took a bad program and turned it around in an instant, winning 17 games in 2 seasons in 2001 and 2002. The next two years at Utah were even better. His program put the school on the map as a BCS buster, with the team winning 22 games in two years including an undefeated season. His successor at Utah, Coach Kyle Whittingham, has picked up right where the former coach left off, keeping the Utes relevant year after year.
But the crown jewel in the career of Urban Mayer as a head coach came in his six years at Florida. It is hard to believe his time there was so brief; because in that short period of time he helped fans almost forget the Ol' Ball Coach Steve Spurrier, who was a legend in the Swamp. His two national championships during the freshman and junior seniors of Tim Tebow were sensational, and his use of the spread offense and the way he has been able to implement it and get the right personnel running it a thing of beauty.
Urban Meyer has had an incredible run as a head coach. It is amazing to think about all of the things he has accomplished on the field in only a decade of time. He walks away from a contract that leaves $20 million on the table over the next five years. Not many of us who struggle just to pay the rent and buy car insurance online can really fathom that, but in the end it seems as though coaching was never really about the money for Urban Meyer. His desire at this point, at only 46 years of age, is to spend more time with his family and watch his kids play college athletics.
Future in Coaching Debated
It would seem as though Urban Meyer is too young to really be retired from coaching. His health scare in 2009 notwithstanding, Urban Meyer appears to be in good health and to still have the vigor of youth. It will be interesting to see how long he is able to stay off the sidelines, whether this will be a permanent thing or if maybe he will grab the clipboard again after his kids are out of school and grown.
Urban Meyer made himself into a legend in only a decade as a head coach. He turned around three different college football programs that were struggling, and helped groom the quarterback who would become the one some call the greatest player in college football history in Tim Tebow. Urban Meyer seems determined to take it easy and enjoy his family; if he were 10 years older even, it might be easier to believe he was gone for good. But at this age, and given his history of changing his mind, time will tell whether Urban Meyer really stays away from coaching college football.