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Meyer calling recruits daily

As the U.S. Army All-American game wraps up its third quarter, the broadcast team at NBC brought up an interesting point about resign/resting/still-working-18-hour-days football coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer just received a gigantic commitment from five-star defensive tackle prospect Sharrif Floyd, which shouldn’t be surprising because the recruits in San Antonio report that Meyer has been calling each of Florida’s targets each and every day, a far cry from the step back that he’s taking to tend to his health, family, and faith.

Just two weeks ago, Meyer shocked the sporting world by announcing that he’s stepping down from the head coaching job at Florida. He told the New York Times that his teenage daughter was ecstatic, proclaiming that, “I get my daddy back.”

The “sign from God that this was the right thing to do,” lasted about 24 hours, when the resignation turned into a leave-of-absence. and now the leave of absence is on hold, most likely because of recruiting.

Meyer was largely applauded for putting his health and family before his job when the decision shocked us all. Yet that commitment to his family rings pretty hollow when he’s still grinding late into the night trying to secure a recruiting class instead of worrying about the chest pains and health issues that nearly killed him. 

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  1. JaggedMark says: Jan 9, 2010 3:30 PM

    Isn’t it an NCAA violation to to speak with recruits more than one time per week?
    I think it’s that way in for basketball recruits.

  2. Deb says: Jan 9, 2010 4:33 PM

    Gee, Keith, did you go to the Texas School of Melodrama, too? “[T]he chest pains and health issues that nearly killed him”??? Says who??? As far as we know, he took some Ambien and his wife couldn’t rouse him from his middle-of-the-night stupor. I believe Tiger Woods had the same problem–and his wife allegedly was trying to rouse him with a golf club.
    Since Meyer was clearly noncommunicative during the 911 call, it’s hard to see how he complained of anything, including chest pains. But we know now he didn’t have a heart attack that night. And chest pains could be caused by anything from anxiety to indigestion–neither of which is life-threatening. Meyer himself has said the health issues for which he intended to retire were NOT life-threatening.
    (Sorry, just can’t seem to help myself ;-)

  3. BlackandGold says: Jan 10, 2010 9:25 AM

    Meyer, the spotlight is off Alabama now that the season is over. You can quit retiring/coming back/taking leaves of absence in an attempt to get attention!

  4. frank booth says: Jan 11, 2010 9:13 PM

    He’s a graduate of the Michael Jordan School of Retirement.

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