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Meyer a School of Favre graduate

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.

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30 Responses to “Meyer a School of Favre graduate”
  1. gary420 says: Dec 27, 2009 3:28 PM

    Favre has been jerking teams around for years. And he is getting up there. Meyer is young and at the peak of his profession, but he needs to get his health figured out.
    Give the guy more than 24 hours to sort out his life. The comparisons to Favre are ridiculous.

  2. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 27, 2009 3:33 PM

    Let’s put this in perspective, Meyer’s daughter just said: “I just lost my daddy again.”
    now that’s perspective!

  3. The Wishbone says: Dec 27, 2009 3:36 PM

    hahaha. Looks like he got those “priorities of faith and family” back where they belong.
    1. football
    2. family
    3. faith
    Thanks, Urb!
    Somewhere Lane Kiffin and Mark Richt are consoling each other.

  4. Arizona Buckeye says: Dec 27, 2009 3:56 PM

    This guy is such an arrogant, classless ass… he makes this ridiculous declaration of how sick he is and must retire… blah blah blah. Now, a mere 24 hours, he needs a vacation. Tomorrow, he’ll be fine and it was just gas. What a putz

  5. bettycracker says: Dec 27, 2009 4:00 PM

    Amen, gary420.

  6. bettycracker says: Dec 27, 2009 4:06 PM

    Bitter much, Arizona Buckeye? I’m sure the 41-14 spanking Meyer inflicted turned your butt redder than Tressel’s sweater vest, but it’s been almost 3 years. Let it go.

  7. subadai says: Dec 27, 2009 4:23 PM

    Hey Urban,
    St. Timothy of Douchebag still ain’t coming back.

  8. postcard_from_OH says: Dec 27, 2009 4:46 PM

    I’m guessing that a lot of Florida boosters said they’d pull their money from the university coffers when Meyer said he was quitting. Either way, he ends up looking like a fool. Hopefully he won’t start crying like his pal Tebow.

  9. xacvol says: Dec 27, 2009 5:14 PM

    He changed his mind when he heard that Spurrier was boarding a plane to Gainesville…

  10. overratedgators says: Dec 27, 2009 5:39 PM

    What the hell? Great leadership, Urban. Here’s a tip: a strong leader makes a decision and commits to it, and doesn’t go making announcements until his mind has been made. Next thing you know, he’ll be calling Notre Dame to tell them he’s reconsidered and wants them to fire Kelly.

  11. BrownsTown says: Dec 27, 2009 6:11 PM

    He should have waited until Charlie Strong gave an ambiguous answer as to whether he would renege on Louisville to go back to UF.

  12. Arizona Buckeye says: Dec 27, 2009 6:28 PM

    bettycracker… again, sorry to burst your one and only brilliant and insightful thought for the day but no, my disdain for this man is not seeded in a bitter and angry fit over the Fiesta Bowl game. We got fat and lazy over the break, thought we could just show up and win, but got our asses kicked instead… all of which had little or nothing to do with urvain. I moved on the following day so now you can put your brain to rest about it as well. The man is nothing but an arrogant ass that is a classless coach and makes enemies with anybody he coaches against. He exudes nothing but poor sportsmanship and hasn’t had a thought an iota about anybody but himself for most of his professional life. This episoda of urvain tv was nothing but a media stunt and a great example of the type of pathetic person/man he really is.

  13. Whoa Nelly says: Dec 27, 2009 6:50 PM

    “I saw it as a sign from God that this was the right thing to do,” Meyer said. Beware of people who tell you about their direct communications with a diety…
    I hope Addazio has Googled Pete Gaudet and the 94-95 Duke basketball debacle. He didn’t fare too well when replacing an icon who took a leave of absence.

  14. Arizona Buckeye says: Dec 27, 2009 7:32 PM

    HA… urvain is to religion and God like Tiger is to fidelity and wedding vows!!!
    urvain must have mistaken his bromance buddy Timmy for God during one of their crying and praying sessions…

  15. Gatorfan1 says: Dec 27, 2009 7:48 PM

    Arizona Buckeye:
    It sure is interesting how someone posts about an hour ago that “nobody outside of Florida cares about Meyer” and then procedes to submit 8-9 posts in that same hour about THAT very subject, proving how obsessed you truly are with Meyer. Must be killing you he’s back????
    Actually what Meyer needs tomorrow is to face your Buckeyes in a game. They say laughing is the best way to help you get over your ills. Lately playing the Buckeyes has provided plenty of those!!!
    Really it’s worked well over the last 5-6 years for all the other “real” teams who have “destroyed” your Buckeyes during the regular season and bowl season. GO DUCKS…LMAO…

  16. bettycracker says: Dec 27, 2009 7:58 PM

    AZ Buckeye, that “one and only brilliant and insightful thought for the day” line might be feebly amusing if you didn’t use it in every thread in which someone questions your over-the-top bile towards Meyer. But see, when you re-use a line like that, it becomes ironic in a way you didn’t intend. (If you don’t understand what I mean by that, please ask a brighter friend to explain it to you.)
    As for the crap you’re talking about Meyer, I notice you repeat the same charges everywhere but don’t back them up. Color me surprised. Not.
    Love him or hate him (and you clearly fall into the latter camp), Meyer is a respected coach who has accomplished a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. You claim he makes enemies “with anyone he coaches against,” which is patently false.
    Does he have an ego? Sure. Show me a big time college coach worth his salt who doesn’t. He’s not perfect, but he’s not the villain you make him out to be either.
    So go on and talk your weak-tea crap all over the internet. I think it’s pretty clear to everyone what motivates you. Someone looks petty, and it ain’t Meyer.

  17. tampalawyer says: Dec 27, 2009 8:20 PM

    Wow JT — what a 24 hours for this Gator. The irony here is that I went to undergrad at Duke and one of the posters above reminded me of the Coach K debacle. Coach K apparently had a back issue combined with stress — this sounds eerily similar. Despite all the Duke haters, I don’t recall Coach K being called vain for his difficulties. I don’t know Coach K or Coach Meyer personally, so either might be the most vain person on the earth. On the other hand, I’ve never coached a team to an NCAA championship [or more than one] so I might not be in a position to opine or criticize. I’d like to think that Coach Meyer deserves just the smallest bit of slack based on his accomplishments.

  18. John Taylor says: Dec 27, 2009 8:35 PM

    @ tampalawyer: we’ve had our “issues” — :-) — in the past, but your perspective is more than welcome around here anytime.

  19. Arizona Buckeye says: Dec 27, 2009 9:00 PM

    Gatorfan – puleease. Your teams have been mediocre at best except a few years under Spurrier and urvain. You’ve had your share of getting waxed in bowl games so I wouldn’t pick up rocks and start tossing them around in the Gainsville glass house. The 96 Fiesta/Fiasco Bowl game comes to mind. I got no problem with the Buckeye’s record, good and bad, over the last 50 years so if you want to compare programs… by all means, give it your best shot.

  20. RealFloridaFan says: Dec 27, 2009 10:16 PM

    As “mediocre” as the Gators have been the last 50 years they are top 10 in wins (Gators 10th, OSU 5th), OSU has 1 more Heisman Trophy winner over that span (4 to 3), and 1 more national title (4 to 3) since 1959 (50 years)……..for a school that didn’t discover football until 1990 according to “old money” fans like yourself Buckeye that isn’t half bad….matter of fact you have to go back 30 years to where OSU has a better record than Florida…..

  21. Arizona Buckeye says: Dec 27, 2009 11:07 PM

    RealFloridaFan – Perhaps its just the ridiculous coverage over the last few years that has most people riled up over this program. My point is that the Gators, have had an average program over the course of their football life and do not warrant stories that have appeared over the last 24 hours or so. They have had great seasons and not so great seasons just like every other big stage programs. One in today’s MSNBC sports page actually stated that UofF was the top/elite program and had to be a winning program for the betterment and survival of college football overall. You guys have had a great run over the last 5 years but come on, that is just way over the top. I love my Buckeyes but I’m not that ignorant to believe they are bigger than the institution and would wince if those stories were being written.
    Again, my disdain of urvain has nothing to do with the Fiesta Bowl game. It was one game out of a thousand I have been a part of. He actually has Buckeye roots so technically, I should be a big fan. I can’t stand the guy because of his arrogance, lack of class, and sportsmanship. Throwing td passes, with your #1 team in, when you’re up by over 30 with less than 2 minutes to go in the game is just disrespectful. (Yes, I was not happy when Woody went for 2 against Michigan because of the same stupidity and classlessness it showed.) Then to come out with the statement that its not his job to stop his offense and other arrogant comments just displayed a total lack of respect and class and he should be above all that. You are suppose to be mentoring young kids and be a leader in teaching sportsmanship and class in that position and he is sending out the wrong message on all levels.
    To the Gator fans… sorry, my posts have been a bit over the top but the guy gets under my skin and I’ve had way too much extra time on my hands healing from a recent knee surgery. I’ve beaten this horse to death so I’ll give it a rest for a bit! Again, sorry for the endless blathering over the last 24 hours but I’m bored as hell sitting on this constant motion machine for 8 hours a day.

  22. PolegoJim says: Dec 27, 2009 11:46 PM

    OK, my Meyers respecto-meter just plummeted. You’d think the guy would;ve thought this completely and totally through before making public comments and adamant statements.
    Sorry Coach, your meathead level just rose.
    Sorry to your family too, you just sold them out.

  23. frank booth says: Dec 27, 2009 11:49 PM

    I hope Urban Meyer continues to coach. If he steps down, the streets will be filled with his recruits and crime rates will rise. Let’s keep the trash off of the streets and in a public facility (U of F).

  24. woodman says: Dec 28, 2009 7:52 AM

    With his ego he needs to be in the spotlight. This was the only way to be bigger than the bowls since he isn’t on the grand stage now. what a classless jerk he is.

  25. woodman says: Dec 28, 2009 7:59 AM

    With his ego he needs to be in the spotlight. This was the only way to be bigger than the bowls since he isn’t on the grand stage now. what a classless jerk he is.

  26. Jake The Snake says: Dec 28, 2009 9:08 AM

    This is a just a senseless article by a writer that just had to get something out – there can be no other excuse of this ridiculous accusation.
    Coaching is an emotional profession and the guy is having some health issues, probably struggling with deciding between what he must do and what he wants to do. He has earned the right to take as much time as he needs and if he oscillates a little that is fine. However Meyer’s situation is NOTHING like Farve’s. Farve has become a joke with his year after year after year non-sense that is purely ego driven so that he gets what he wants.
    This article is just garbage – pure garbage and an insult to Urban Meyer.

  27. tampalawyer says: Dec 28, 2009 10:34 AM

    @JT — no issues here — just candid commentary — not sure what’s going on with Urban — just Outback Bowl fever here, Auburn v. Northwestern. Just can’t wait for that tilt. Wait, are those the Auburn cheerleaders sunning on the Hyatt’s rooftop pool next door???

  28. TigerS Boy ToY says: Dec 28, 2009 3:06 PM

    Meyer has hired Billy ” The Kid” Donovan to be
    handle all Public Relations Request, Brett Farve
    has also announced that Brad Childress is retiring and he will be running the Vikings offense, no word on if he will call any audibles. Stay Tuned.
    Happy Kwanzaa Baby!

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