Almost two months after publicly declaring that he would be taking a leave of absence from his Florida post due to health concerns, it looks as if Urban Meyer has finally started his sabbatical.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Meyer was conspicuously absent from Florida’s Junior Day on Saturday, the first real sign that Meyer has started the break he admitted he needed to take.
In fairness to Meyer, he likely would’ve started his leave of absence the day after the Feb. 3 signing day if not for the abrupt and unexpected departure of defensive coordinator George Edwards, prompting a search that lasted just over a week.
He was also a major factor in helping to keep the nation’s top recruiting class in place in the weeks leading up to signing day, another factor in the postponement of his vacation from the game.
The leave of absence will likely last no more than a month or so as Meyer has publicly stated that he will be back for the Gators’ spring practice. UF’s spring ball begins on March 17 this year, a mere four weeks and three days away.