OK, this whole Urban Meyer situation has suddenly taken on a whole Favre-ian look to it.
Less than 24 hours after Florida released a statement stating that Meyer was resigning, reports are now beginning to trickle in that Meyer is reconsidering his decision.
According to the Associated Press, Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com, Meyer is having second thoughts about stepping down and a contingency plan is in the works — if not fully completed.
One possibility is that Meyer would take a leave of absence and return in time for the 2010 season. Meyer would not coach in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day against Cincinnati.
Another scenario, according to ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen, has Meyer sitting out the entire 2010 season, then returning for the 2011 season.
In both cases, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio would be the interim head coach.
A member of Meyer’s Gator coaching staff confirmed that Meyer will indeed return.
“He was walking off the practice field and he knew he made a mistake,” defensive line coach Dan McCarney told the Sentinel. “I don’t know if it’s one month, three months or six months, but he’s coming back.”
Meyer is expected to address his situation during a 4:30 ET press conference.
There were reports in the aftermath of Meyer’s announcement that the coach had been afforded the opportunity to take a sabbatical, but declined. Obviously, in light of these new reports, Meyer is strongly considering taking a temporary leave from coaching.
This would all be news to Meyer’s wife, Shelley, who told the Orlando Sentinel earlier this afternoon that there’s “no chance” Meyer reconsiders his decision,
“This is the best decision for him and us right now,” Mrs. Meyer said.
Ummm, oops? Sorry, honey?
At the least, this should make for some interesting conversation around the Meyer household over the next couple of days.