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Urban the early betting favorite to replace Weis

In the months since he proclaimed — twice — that Notre Dame was his dream job, Urban Meyer has gone out of his way — twice — to declare that he will never, ever, ever, ever (slight exaggeration) go to Notre Dame.  Ever.

Of course, Meyer’s denials have done little to slow the rumors of him heading to South Bend.

Nor has it stopped people who make their livelihoods wagering from installing the Florida head coach as the co-favorite to replace Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.

According to Bodog.com by way of Jimmy Shapiro of Sports Radio Interviews via email, here are the latest odds on who will be the Irish coach for Week One of the 2010 season:

Urban Meyer 3/2Brian Kelly 3/2Jim Harbaugh 3/1Chip Kelly 5/1Kirk Ferentz 10/1Bob Stoops 20/1Jon Gruden 30/1

I don’t know about you, but if I had an extra hundred laying around somewhere, that Gruden line would look awful enticing right now…

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  1. Gailikk says: Nov 20, 2009 9:42 AM

    wow, ND fans are still dillusional. The man turned you down once already, he is not leaving the equivalent of football heaven to suffer through 8-4 seasons because of strict recruiting. The man is creating a FSU equivalent at Florida that should last a decade. Deal with it and have fun with Brian Kelly as your next coach fans

  2. robertg says: Nov 20, 2009 10:24 AM

    not one of the candidates mentioned is even remotely qualified for or intersted in taking on the notre dame job.
    urban meyer was never offered the notre dame job since urban insisted that notre dame create the type of separate school for full time football players that florida offered him and notre dame refused meyer’s demands.
    notre dame has an obligation to every notre dame student to provide every student with a top quality education and real marketable skills for life after notre dame whether those students are football players or athletes in other sports or not.
    true, some notre dame fans and even some notre dame alumni are delusional enough to think that charlie and bhis staff will not be back next season and for many years to come, but they have no votes on this matter. those who do have already voted in favor of charlie and his staff and preserving notre dame’s core values.
    the rest is just media hype.
    next season, the current corrupt officiating, rules enforcement, and rankings systems will be history, along with the football factory schools and their coaches.

  3. md2020 says: Nov 20, 2009 11:47 AM

    Robertg: WTF are you talking about? I have a feeling that had you attended such a fine university yourself you would be able to piece together some properly written thoughts on this matter, however, it is obvious that you didn’t. Notre Dame blows and quite honestly the education received at state schools is not that far off. Please refer to listed rankings for such info.
    Like most ND homers, keep looking in the mirror and telling yourself that your are elite and “the best”. That’ll do the trick!
    Go Gators!

  4. Evan says: Nov 20, 2009 11:50 AM

    Whats the spread on Weis still being head coach next year? Regardless, I’d take that bet.

  5. Hong Kong Phooey says: Nov 20, 2009 12:37 PM

    If I’m Notre Dame, the ONLY way I pay Weis $18M to go away is if I get Meyer. I’m not paying Weis $18M so I can hire Brian Kelly. That’s stooopid.

  6. DCroz says: Nov 20, 2009 12:39 PM

    Robertg,
    Wow, and people call us Alabama fans delusional. How someone who roots for the one school that has gotten more genuflection from the football powers-that-be and the media over the years than all other programs combined can serious assert that everyone is against them is absolutely amazing.
    Year in and year out, Notre Dame has a top-15 rated recruiting class despite its “high academic standards” and has at least a few media members not named Lou Holtz predicting that this is the season the Irish are in the BCS Championship game. And, of course, ND likes to trumpet how it has the only truly “national” fan base in all of college football, which is why NBC signed on to be the exclusive broadcaster of their home games. So where exactly is there any proof of some sort of anti-Irish conspiracy in college football? And you think that ND is NOT a football factory? Even when you think Jesus is on your side, and not just because of the painted one overlooking the field?
    Notre Dame’s problem is the same one as Alabama had for years after Bryant’s tenure: an enormously outsized sense of entitlement to their position as college football’s premier program, one that leads them to think that they need no facility upgrades, no hard-core recruiting, no updating the image or coaching philosophy, and even that quality coaches are lined up around the block to come work for peanuts. The Irish have not gotten their first choice for coach their last several searches, and even “Saint” Charlie was their third or fourth option. Whether they want to admit it or not, ND is going to have to join the modern world and do the things to get back on track with their program, including opening up its wallet and paying someone like Urban Meyer or Bob Stoops the $5 million a year (for starters) it will take to get them there.
    Oh, and Gailikk: Why would Meyer leave Florida? For the same reason Spurrier left his alma matter: because he’s created a monster in Gainsville that demands more and more success just to remain kinda-sorta satisfied. Florida fans have not yet experienced the kind of protracted downturn that programs like ‘Bama, Texas, USC, OU, Nebraska and others have over the years that tempers expectations (at least temporarily, anyway). That Ron Zook got canned after only three years because he was not playing for the BCS title like Spurrier had (but was still winning 8-9 games a year and recruited the heard of Meyer’s first NC team) is proof of that. With his man-crush Timmy Tebow gone after this year (and when are they going to Massachusetts to make it official, BTW?) Meyer may just see this as the perfect time to get out of dodge. Will he? Who knows? But it is still a possibility.

  7. AppState83 says: Nov 20, 2009 12:51 PM

    I don’t quite get the “ND fans are still dillusional”, comment. He’s reporting on blog responses, not an Irish Fan writing down his Christmas Wish List. Meyer’d be lovely, but his family is still young and he’d not be inheriting the ideal personnel to run his offense, especially at QB. The Irish are deeply talented, weekly game performance to the contrary, but they are top-down misguided and have struggled as such since Dr. Lou left South Bend and were leaning that way even then. Charlie ain’t it, and anyone that thinks they are had better step up to the plate because it’s a really hot seat there at the “Gug”. Kelly’s a fine coach but he’d be in the same boat as Meyer with his offensive scheme. I don’t really know what the answer is, but after four strikes since Lou (remember the O’Leary debacle?), they need to dig long and deep for the right leader.

  8. Evan says: Nov 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Hey,
    I like ND (though my heart is with UConn). I think they should give Weis another year. I’m curious to see who he hires to replace Tenuta.
    The major struggle for the Irish under Weis (aside from Clausen’s freshman year) has been their defense. Weis has come out and said he is not a defensive specialist. The guys he’s hired haven’t done the job.
    Weis has done a great job grooming quarterbacks and developing an offense. Given the right defensive mind, I think the Irish would be a force.

  9. Bucknut says: Nov 20, 2009 1:31 PM

    robertg: Dude, you need to take off the Shamrock glasses and get a hot steaming cup of reality. This isn’t your grandad’s ND. They are dead and gone.

  10. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Nov 20, 2009 2:47 PM

    Urban Meyer?!?!?! BWAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
    That is the funniest thing I’ve heard it a long time.
    I absolutely love watching ND crumble while the apologists still vainly try to wake up the echos.

  11. theillestnino says: Nov 20, 2009 6:58 PM

    honestly, who would want to go to Notre Dame for football? Florida, Texas, USC have pretty good night life and women. and at each school the “academics” are not hard.

  12. GBinKY says: Nov 20, 2009 10:24 PM

    Let’s see how UC and Brian Kelly handle Pitt, the toughest of maybe three tough teams on their schedule (Pitt, WV, Ore St none back to back), and how Notre Dame handles UConn who UC was lucky to beat. Then we’ll know if the two coaches should switch places.
    As for Urban, he better be willing to live with a multiple game suspension for any thug trying to gouge an opponent’s eyes out (sounds “holier than thou”, but Meyer knows he couldn’t get by with a wimpy half game excuse me at ND).

  13. BigMike4562 says: Nov 21, 2009 7:11 AM

    I think it will be hard to draw a big name, mainly because the Irish don’t play a hard enough schedule anymore….back in the Holtz era, they played the Miami’s and Florida States annually, now they are playing pansie teams. Set a hard schedule once in a while and improve that one win against ranked teams. I cant belive the Notre Dame Broadcast Network (NBC) keeps them on the schedule, it’s like watching alumni sit around and praise the “round one” for getting a TOUGH first down against Syracuse…lol

  14. gator_prof says: Nov 21, 2009 11:33 AM

    Simply put, ND really isn’t a top job if you want to win a national title in today’s game.
    Meyer could go there, but he isn’t going to attract the same caliber of players he does to UF. The vast majority of kids from southern hoods or kids used to chasing rabbits in burning cane fields in south florida really don’t feel at home at ND. The academic requirements add to this. The fact that is a Catholic institute may come into effect with black Baptist raised kids as well.
    The bottom line is that no one at ND will NEVER be able to recruit with the likes of UF, Bama, LSU, USC, etc.

  15. SoonerBorn says: Nov 21, 2009 2:44 PM

    i hate to jump on a band wagon but RobertG you are a moron. I find it curios that you wrote a diatribe that started off by stating “not one of the candidates mentioned is even remotely qualified for…” i quit reading.

  16. frankb says: Nov 21, 2009 7:24 PM

    Just examine hong kong phooey’s comment, that about sums it up.
    today the defense looked totally lost, and completely outcoached, and outplayed by an nd transfer who was 4th string, for what it seems like, ten years ago!

  17. Minibull says: Nov 21, 2009 7:58 PM

    It’ll never happen but the best candidate would be Charlie Strong…

  18. Scott says: Nov 23, 2009 12:45 PM

    Gator_prof… i hope your quote… “no one at ND will NEVER be able”… is a reference to Rudy, if not, i can truly believe you are a professor at Florida.

  19. frankb says: Nov 23, 2009 5:49 PM

    did anyone notice urban meyer’s quote today;
    to paraphrase, I will remain at Florida as long as they want me…..hmmmmm…..

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