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It’s official: Urban Meyer resigns as Gators coach

Urban Meyer

Just as quickly as the reports surfaced, they’ve become official.

Urban Meyer has stepped down as Florida’s head coach.

According to the school’s official website, Meyer informed athletic director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that, for the second straight December, he was again contemplating retiring/resigning.  The two most powerful men in UF athletics finalized Meyer’s plans Tuesday, and Meyer informed the team of his decision today.  A 6 p.m. press conference will be held to speak publicly on yet another stunning arc in the coach’s career.

And, based on Meyer’s own words in a press release, it appears the 46-year-old coach is — again — retiring from coaching altogether in order to spend more time with his children.

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.

“I am enormously grateful to the University of Florida and our tremendous fans for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead the football program. The support provided by school president Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley has been an invaluable part of all that we have been able to accomplish over the last six years I have exceptional regard for my coaching staff who have always shared my passionate commitment to winning and to guiding the development of the young men of Florida football.

“Most important, I will be forever grateful to the student-athletes I have had the honor to coach and from whom I have learned so much. I will profoundly miss coming to campus every day to coach this team, but I will always be a Gator at heart, and I am confident that the program will continue to reflect the highest ideals of the University of Florida and collegiate sports.”

Assuming he doesn’t have another Favrian change of heart, Meyer will finish his career — pending the outcome of the Gators’ postseason game; he’ll coach his team one final time in the Outback Bowl — in Gainesville with a 64-15 record and two national titles.  Overall, he’s 103-23 as a head coach when stops at Utah and Bowling Green are included.

As for a replacement, it would seem to be a matter of when, not if, former UF offensive coordinator and current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is introduced as Meyer’s successor.

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  1. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:35 PM

    OK JT here is your headline for the Mullen hire-

    UF AD Foley Wastes No Time Mullen Over Decision

  2. drexelvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:36 PM

    Can’t cut it without Jesus…i mean Tebow…at QB. Nice bailout.

  3. John Taylor says: Dec 8, 2010 2:40 PM

    I shit you not, spudvol, but that’s already the basic framework of the headline I already have at the ready. The great minds think alike thing comes into play.

  4. frank booth says: Dec 8, 2010 2:43 PM

    He’ll be back. Maybe not as a Gator, but people like him don’t stay out of coaching for long.

  5. kd75 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    Denver Broncos have a job opening. And a certain QB who can only play for a certain coach.

  6. therealtigersofthesec says: Dec 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    I have a feeling that Mike Leach will end up with a job. Not with Florida but there is about to be a serious run on coaches. Michigan wont waste anymore time either

  7. 1historian says: Dec 8, 2010 2:48 PM

    “there is about to be a serious run on coaches.”

    You got that right

  8. CJ says: Dec 8, 2010 2:51 PM

    Wow….I’m shocked.

    I can’t believe he went through all that trouble to write up a new statement when he just could’ve recycled the one from last year.

  9. florida727 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    drexelvol, you’re an @$$hole. just keep losing to Florida like you do every year, okay? we appreciate the week off when we travel to that toilet in Knoxville. enjoy the always prestigious Music City Bowl and your equally impressive 3-5 SEC record.

    by the way, how’d that whole Lane Kiffin thing work out for you guys?

  10. contract says: Dec 8, 2010 3:14 PM

    The Gators need to hire Randy Shannon to clean up that program. There has been a crime spree going on in Gainesville the past few years.

  11. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    Florida coach Urban Meyer said this afternoon he will step down as head football coach after his team’s appearance in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

    “I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field,” Meyer said in a statement. “The decision to step down was a difficult one.”

    Meyer has five seasons and $20 million left on his current contract. (AP file photo)

    Meyer, 46, won two national championships in six seasons at Florida.

  12. timmons94 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    love all the haters coming out of the closet.. from a Huskers fan, we lost one of the all time greatest coaches of all time…He won at Bowling Green, Utah and dominated at Florida..this guy is beyond amazing.
    Peace Urban !

  13. gatorprof says: Dec 8, 2010 3:17 PM

    Charlie Strong…

    Good coach and Machen could prove his commitment to diversity.

  14. mbmorganjr says: Dec 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    kd75 – that’s a very interesting theory about the Broncos.

    Make no mistake, Meyer will coach again. It’s what he knows. But I think he’ll probably take at least a year off.

  15. 1990tiger says: Dec 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    Makes me wonder if Mullen will go to UF and Malzahn will go to MSU as head coach or whether Malzahn will go directly to UF as head coach.

    I hope neither…….

  16. tmac48 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:22 PM

    Meyer is headed for Denver to be with Tebow…

  17. secdominance says: Dec 8, 2010 3:24 PM

    Sorry to see Urban go. You know you’re a good coach when 7-5 is considered a lousy season and people say you can’t cut it.

    I’m sure the grind of the SEC was getting the best of him and in addition to his health issues, he realized he better get out while he can.

    And Urban is no Brett Favre. He isn’t retiring to try and get a raise or more attention. He’s a high profile SEC coach

  18. gatorfan1 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:26 PM

    Gatorprof:

    I think Charlie Strong is a great coach. But I don’t like the idea of hiring a coach who just went to a school that gave him his first opportunity.

    Louisville has invested a lot into it’s program with Strong and I just think it would be wrong for him to leave or for us to pursue him.

    If it’s written into his contract that would be different story.

    Boy, I sure wish he would have stayed 1 more year though!!!

  19. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:28 PM

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said it has been “an honor and privilege” to have Meyer coach the Gators the past six seasons.

    “The championships, the mentoring of young men and his commitment to the University of Florida have indeed been special,” Meyer said. “As good of a coach as he is, he’s a better person and a great friend. He has given everything he has to this institution and we are grateful for the experiences. It a chapter in our history that is closing, but I know Urban wants to remain involved with the University and the Gainesville community. He absolutely loves the Gators.”

  20. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:29 PM

    “As I have said many times, Urban Meyer’s integrity and commitment to his players and the University of Florida are beyond reproach,” Florida president Bernie Machen said in a statement. “He leaves an outstanding legacy, on the field and in the classroom. I know that all Gators wish nothing but the best for Coach Meyer as we recognize his extraordinary achievements with a great sense of pride and appreciation.”

  21. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 8, 2010 3:29 PM

    I hear Phil Fulmer is still on the market…..;-)

  22. burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 3:33 PM

    The Gainsville police department can probably start making cutbacks now.

  23. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:34 PM

    Good gets for UF HC

    1. Jim Harbaugh Stanford
    2. Bob Stoops OK
    3. Dan Mullen Miss St
    4. Bobby Petrino Arkansas
    5. Chris Peterson Boise St

  24. steelers6pack says: Dec 8, 2010 3:38 PM

    Myers quit because he knows JoPa will outcoach his ass in the bowl!

  25. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:40 PM

    burntorangehorn says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:33 PM
    The Gainsville police department can probably start making cutbacks now.

    That’s funny coming from a fan of a team that long since put their football equipment away after a 5-7 season. Texas has been crowned as the biggest flop of the 2010 football season so you might want to address your blogs at your football program—most think the game has passed Mack Brown by but I don’t believe that–I believe he can consistently rack up 5-7 seasons.
    Sure losing 4-6 weeks practice will help them rest up for next yr.

  26. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:43 PM

    steelers6pack says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:38 PM
    Myers quit because he knows JoPa will outcoach his ass in the bowl!

    Nice to see who the “DUMB A$$” really is (you)since Urban announced he was retiring AFTER the bowl game……

  27. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 8, 2010 3:46 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:34 PM
    Good gets for UF HC

    1. Jim Harbaugh Stanford
    2. Bob Stoops OK
    3. Dan Mullen Miss St
    4. Bobby Petrino Arkansas
    5. Chris Peterson Boise St

    __________________________________

    Harbaugh – nope, has 4 years left on his contract and a raise on the table.

    Stoops – Why would he want to move? he’s like God in OK

    Mullen – Probably the favorite

    Petrino – Once again, why?? Arkansas will probably be the favorite to win the SEC next year.

    Peterson – Is perfectly content in Idaho. Doesn’t have the glory bot aspirations.

  28. burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 3:47 PM

    blitz–how many times has Urban Meyer had fewer than nine wins in a season at Florida? Answer: more than Mack Brown has at Texas, which is just this one. I’ll take one 5-7 season with good kids over Urban Meyer’s inmate team that went 5-7. Unlike Urban, Mack actually cares whether he recruits good people.

  29. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Dec 8, 2010 3:48 PM

    Myers “resigned”. Is that a new way saying he was fired. Gator fans have very short fuse. Florida was barely competitive this year in SEC. Of course, if they had TCU’s schedule, they would be playing for the BcS championship.

  30. burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 3:50 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:40 PM
    […]Texas has been crowned as the biggest flop of the 2010 football season so you might want to address your blogs at your football program[…]

    Also, you might want to look at the topic of this thread and figure out why I said something about UF, not Texas. You brought up Texas, kiddo. I stuck to the topic, which is the Urban Crime Spree.

  31. burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 3:52 PM

    And before you correct me, blitz, I’m aware that Urban’s team went 7-5, not 5-7.

  32. patsfan87 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:59 PM

    Is Urban Meyer the Brett Favre of the NCAA?

  33. bender4700 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:03 PM

    Will Muschamp just booked a flight to Gainsville.

    If he has a brain in his head he would!!

    Urban Meyer is retiring to Denver, Colorado. He’s going to pick up a part time job, coaching the NFL Franchise Denver Broncos.

    Nice quiet life.

  34. burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    I have to imagine that Mullen’s the likeliest of candidates. I’d sure hate to see Strong leave UL so quickly, but I’m sure they’ll at least talk. Hope the Card faithful don’t hold it against Charlie if he does just meet.

    I’m sure there’s more than just family time at play here. Is it health again? Pressure? What is it? I’ve seen some weird theories thrown around that he was forced out because of a bad season, but there’s no way that happened. He has a lot more capital built up than one disappointing season could counteract.

  35. patsfan87 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:08 PM

    Kyle Whittingham will be the next coach at UFA if Urban doesn’t pull a Brett Favre.

  36. florida727 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:13 PM

    blitz4848, interesting list of potential replacements. Doesn’t Peterson at Boise have a fairly long-term deal already in place? I know in this business there’s always “out clauses”, but I thought he was pretty well locked in at Boise. Can you imagine Florida’s athletes with Peterson’s imagination on offense?

    Do you think Mullen is a high-profile enough name to get a job like Florida’s, even considering he used to be there? Foley supposedly thinks the world of him, so you never know.

  37. jameswestphal says: Dec 8, 2010 4:13 PM

    If he’s really doing this as a result of stress and a desire to be more involved with his family, then I commend him. If he’s going to pull another stunt like last time, or leverage it into more money, then we need to acknowledge the fact that he may be a bona fide looney tune.

  38. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:21 PM

    nashvilletrojan says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:46 PM

    Harbaugh – nope, has 4 years left on his contract and a raise on the table.

    Stoops – Why would he want to move? he’s like God in OK

    Mullen – Probably the favorite

    Petrino – Once again, why?? Arkansas will probably be the favorite to win the SEC next year.

    Peterson – Is perfectly content in Idaho. Doesn’t have the glory bot aspirations.

    ****************************
    Harbaugh will NOT be at Stanford after this yr–best record he will ever have at Stanford–his stock will never be higher–probably going Pro
    SanFran,San Diego, Denver but if he stayed in college he would consider UF as his pay at Stanford will NEVER be over $2mil

    Stoops got the OK job as a gator asst–the The Big 12 conference is on shaky ground

    Petrino would be on a plane for UF before the phone was in the receiver. Twice the $$, better recruiting, better weather, better facilities and my God he’s in Arkansas….

    Petersen would think twice if offered one of the best jobs in the country. He could show his talents at a top tier BCS AQ.

    Mullen will say yes if given the opportunity

  39. tinopuno says: Dec 8, 2010 4:28 PM

    @ burntorangehorn says: Dec 8, 2010 3:47 PM

    “I’ll take one 5-7 season with good kids over Urban Meyer’s inmate team that went 5-7. Unlike Urban, Mack actually cares whether he recruits good people.”

    As an essentially neutral party who went to UF years ago when they stunk and who also dislikes just about everything related to Texas, I have to agree with ‘burntorangehorn that’ Mack Brown seems to be much more concerned about the character of his players than does Urban Meyer. I really don’t see how one can just dismiss the high number of UF players who have run afoul of the law as mere ‘coincidence’ or just bad luck. Meyers seems to be willing to overlook the fact that a guy is a turd if that turd can really run.

  40. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:31 PM

    You all need to watch and see. Urban is DONE coaching. Urban has health issues coupled with 3 teenage children he wants to see grow up and be part of their lives. He never got all the way back into the game after last yrs health scare and his family wants him to stop–he has made great investments, has enough to retire and he has put in 20 long yrs.
    This is why his best friend, AD Jeremy Foley made the announcement and Bernie Machen the school Pres made the praise and goodby statement.

    Florida can handpick their coach and they will be fine…..Urban will be right up there with Spurrier as the 2 best coaches in Gator history. Meyer will always be part of the Gator Nation.

  41. williered says: Dec 8, 2010 4:32 PM

    Just a couple of notes related to the comments from “bleach drinkers” who cannot resist the temptation to “comment” and reveal their ignorance. First of all Bob Stoops is not going anywhere, except the national title game next year. Secondly, Will Muschamp is not about to leave Texas, as he is designated to “inherit” a job currently paying $5 mil per year. Mississippi State, or Boise State coaches perhaps.

  42. florida727 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:42 PM

    Hey blitz4848, thanks for the comment on the Big 12 being on shaky ground; hadn’t even considered that, but you’re absolutely right. Petrino would likely jump ship because next season he’d be in the same position Meyer was this year: loss of a superstar QB, program will have a down year. Harbaugh would be an interesting fit: far enough away from the left coast to not feel any backlash, more money than Stanford will ever be willing to pay, and (again, your point well taken) his stock can’t get any higher. Similar to Petrino, where does Harbaugh go next year with Stanford after losing the likely #1 pick in the NFL draft? Good stuff. Thanks.

  43. frank booth says: Dec 8, 2010 4:57 PM

    williered says:
    Dec 8, 2010 4:32 PM
    First of all Bob Stoops is not going anywhere, except the national title game next year.
    ===================================
    I’m sure that he’ll go this year as well. I’ve heard that coaches get pretty good seats.

  44. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 5:01 PM

    blitz4848

    Has Meyer come out and said that he has health issues?

    PeteThamelNYT Pete Thamel
    Just got off the phone with three people close to Urban Meyer. All used the word “shocked.” He’s healthy, leaving for family reasons.
    10 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  45. Deb says: Dec 8, 2010 5:55 PM

    HOLY COW!!! I can’t believe I missed this story all day!!!

    Reading North Dallas Forty this year and recently seeing a great documentary on Parcells, I have a very different take on Urban this year than last.

    Coaching, like playing, is more than a job, it’s a culture and a lifestyle. These men may genuinely feel burned out, want to let go, or be getting pressured by their families to walk away. Then five minutes later they need to get back in. It’s not hypocrisy or dishonesty; it’s just complicated. Meyer is young, and I’d be surprised if he weren’t coaching again soon. It should be in the college ranks because that seems to be his calling.

    But for now, I hope he finds peace with his family and wish him well.

    If Mullen goes to Florida, I hope Mike Leach winds up at MSU. Would love to see him in the SEC.

  46. nofunleague says: Dec 8, 2010 5:56 PM

    I’m not a Gator fan but smart enough to know what he did for that school. I could almost sense he was about to call it quits during the Noles game. He had a look on his face that just said,”I don’t know what to do at this point.”
    He may be back, but not soon as that would be a slap in the face to Florida. The Denver theory is interesting however.

  47. edgy says: Dec 8, 2010 5:59 PM

    Stop drinking the blitz’s Kool-Aid. Oklahoma is a TERMINAL job, just like Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas. Coaches at those schools, either die, retire, get fired or head to the pros and they don’t leave for other schools. Stoops took his crap from the alumni last year and this year, they’re back on his side. Why should go to Florida and have to put up with that crap again, especially since the problems won’t go away overnight and the honeymoon in Florida will be very short (It’s not like he’s replacing Zook, whose stint at head coach also disproves another of blitz’s theories).

  48. smokehouse56 says: Dec 8, 2010 6:17 PM

    Does this mean he’s not going to pass JoPa with over 400 wins?

  49. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 7:06 PM

    Edgy–chill–Stoops gets a courtesy call from his very good friend Jeremy Foley when there’s an opening at UF since he went to OK from UF. Noone said he was coming–he ALWAYS will be on any UF short list as long as JF is AD….noone at UF expects him to take it. It won’t even be done in the press, more behind the scenes.

  50. drexelvol says: Dec 8, 2010 7:13 PM

    LOL@florida727. You know what I said was so true, admit it.

  51. gatorfan1 says: Dec 8, 2010 7:22 PM

    burntorangehorn says:

    “blitz–how many times has Urban Meyer had fewer than nine wins in a season at Florida? Answer: more than Mack Brown has at Texas, which is just this one.”

    Nice try:
    Meyer has only had 1 season at Florida with less than 9 wins, this year. The same as Brown, this year.

    Meyer has 2 NC’s to Brown’s 1. Meyer has never had a losing season, Mack Brown has had 5.

    Mack Brown has won 219 games in 27 years; Meyer 103 in 10 years which averages out to over 10 a year and has almost half as many wins in 1/3 the time as coach.

    Stop embarrassing yourself anymore and just quit because I’m having a hard time stopping laughing!!!

  52. edgy says: Dec 8, 2010 7:24 PM

    blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 7:06 PM

    Edgy–chill–

    ********************

    “Stoops got the OK job as a gator asst–the The Big 12 conference is on shaky ground” – blitz4848.

    Even your fellow gator took this as a sign that you believe that he could be had “Hey blitz4848, thanks for the comment on the Big 12 being on shaky ground; hadn’t even considered that, but you’re absolutely right.”

    Stoops is the head of a far more STORIED program and he can name his price and even if the school can’t come up with the money, someone there will. If the guy that hired Zook was smart (Well, in the first place, he wouldn’t have hired Zook), he stop wasting his time and concentrate on bring in someone who sees the job as a step up.

  53. brownstown2 says: Dec 8, 2010 7:30 PM

    So Meyer can sit out a few years, do the family thing, and then jump back in when The Vest retires.

    Welcome home, Urb.

    P.S. Leave it to a Steelers fan to call him Urban “Myers.” Really?

  54. dkhhuey says: Dec 8, 2010 8:55 PM

    Wow – did he use the exact same speech as last year or did he write another about his health, wife, kids now the priority statement?

    I checked the Vegas odds and they’re saying he’ll un-quit again by the end of the year. I put my money on the end of the week, although I was tempted to say by tomorrow night.

  55. Deb says: Dec 8, 2010 10:46 PM

    @brownstown …

    Knew I hadn’t said “Myers,” so had to scroll all the way back through this thing to see what Steelers fan you were talking about. But this is a college board, honey. I believe you mean “Leave it to a Big 10 fan.” ;)

  56. florida727 says: Dec 9, 2010 10:08 AM

    drexelvol, the only thing I’ll admit is that you’re an idiot and your team is now, officially, a habitual loser in the SEC. you still didn’t answer my question: how is that whole Lane Kiffin thing working out for you guys?

  57. 1990tiger says: Dec 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    One name I’m surprised not to see pop up on anyone’s list is Gus Malzahn (OC at Auburn). I could see him being a good fit for UF. Any thoughts?

  58. Deb says: Dec 9, 2010 11:26 AM

    @1990tiger …

    First, because of the recruiting situation, Florida has no time to waste and wouldn’t be able to talk to Malzahn or any Auburn coach until after the title game in January. Think that will keep any Auburn coach out of serious contention–as would the ongoing FBI investigation. Just doubt anyone would want to take a chance on that until things are firmly resolved. But in the case of Malzahn, the lion’s share of credit for the Tigers offense is going to Newton rather than the OC. I think the feeling is that no coach could lose with a player of that caliber. Don’t know that he’s built enough credibility on his own as a play-caller.

  59. edgy says: Dec 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    Deb, you’re short changing Gus. Is it a coincidence that he’s done the same thing at Arkansas (scoring went from 283 to 404) and Tulsa (scoring went from 360 to 576 to 661)? After he got to Auburn last year, the team went from 208 to 433 and this year, it’s 555. With one game left, unless they put 106 points on Oregon, the best QB that he has will fall short of the best that his other teams have put out. Maybe he isn’t HC material but don’t dismiss him based on what you obviously don’t know about him.

  60. frank booth says: Dec 9, 2010 4:13 PM

    Edgy- Deb dismissed him based upon the fact that Florida doesn’t have the time to wait for after Auburn finishes their season.

    She said she didn’t know that he’s built enough of a reputation as a play caller, and that Newton is getting the credit for the offensive output- she didn’t dismiss Malzahn based upon his abilities.

    Malzahn has a very good track record and is pretty well respected in both college and NFL circles.

  61. edgy says: Dec 9, 2010 4:53 PM

    frank, this isn’t the NFL, there’s no rule that says that they have to wait until after the title game so that’s not a valid reason to dismiss him.

  62. Deb says: Dec 9, 2010 8:54 PM

    Thanks, frank. He gets his panties in a twist very easily.

    Yes, edge, I know more about the NFL than the NCAA and didn’t realize Florida was free to approach an OC while he’s preparing for a championship game. But this OC is significantly overshadowed by his star player. And he still has hanging over him the spectre that something underhanded happened with his program. Sorry, but I don’t think Florida will bite under those circumstances. However, I could be wrong. And gasp! so could you.

  63. edgy says: Dec 9, 2010 9:36 PM

    Deb, in YOUR mind. Everyone connected to college football KNOWS that Gus is a damn good coordinator and he really wants the right situation. As for Auburn and their problems, am I missing something here or do you know something about Gus that the rest of the college football world doesn’t know? You’re not talking about a guy who has a history, a hint of a history or even the hint of a hint of a history of being anything but above board. NO ONE in CFB has ever or will ever question Gus and his integrity. My guess on why he won’t get the call from Florida is that they’re going to want a proven head coach and not another Ron Zook situation. They’d rather have someone with a record instead of one wanting to establish one.

    Oh and you can thank frank all you want but you were wrong about everything when it came to Gus, who won the Broyles the other day for being the top assistant coach in CFB. Seems like a lot of people KNOW who is responsible for that offense. BTW, Auburn’s QB last year (not named Cam Newton) set the team’s record for TDs and they set the record for points and total offense and Newton broke it this year. Seems like the only person who’s assuming the Cam’s more responsible are people like you who don’t know anything about Gus. Gus doesn’t want to jump to a crappy situation and there are schools out there that know that so they won’t put him on their lists. That may hurt him with some of the crappier program but he knows that he can name his situation as an assistant so it’s not like he’s going to beg to take any job.

    BTW, Charlie Strong, Florida’s DC was hired on Dec, 9th to be Louisville’s HC. Brian Kelly was hired for ND around the same time. Dan Mullen, Florida’s OC in 2008, was hired by Mississippi State on Dec 9th, 2008 before Florida played their NCG. Most teams try to get their new HC in as quickly as possible for recruiting purposes and most don’t give a rat’s ass whether the guy they want is coaching in a bowl or not. We’ve heard that Michigan is waiting for Harbaugh’s bowl game to be over and yet, they didn’t have that same courtesy when it came to hiring Rich Rod. Either they’re morons for waiting or they’re not going after him. They’re stupid to wait because if they want Harbaugh, they need to go after him now because his offense is no where near the same.

  64. Deb says: Dec 10, 2010 12:50 AM

    edge …

    Oh good grief. Were you born an ass or do you work at it? I’ve never seen someone who can take any insignificant sentence and turn it into some raging argument. It’s like NO ONE SHOULD DARE have an opinion that’s not EDGY’S.

    Blah blah blah blah.

    Not reading it because I’m tired of being berated by the blog bully. You’re damn right in my mind. This isn’t a black-and-white issue; it’s a subjective opinion about a coach. We’re all stating our opinions and mine is JUST as valid as THE GREAT AND POWERFUL EDGY’S. If you don’t want to hear it, skip it … as I’m doing with everything past the first two sentences of yours.

  65. edgy says: Dec 10, 2010 10:44 AM

    Deb, did James Harrison give you another shot to the head this week?

  66. edgy says: Dec 10, 2010 10:50 AM

    BTW, Deb, my comments were about your entire paragraph and not one sentence (Unless, your entire paragraph was one long sentence. Nope, several periods in there).

  67. Deb says: Dec 10, 2010 1:37 PM

    If he did, it would be the first shot to the head he’s given anyone in several weeks … not that you could tell from the fines he’s been getting. I was referring to my original brief comment way back that I don’t think Malzahn is on Florida’s short list. That’s what first got you sniffing around.

    Don’t pick at me about it anymore. You give me a headache. Don’t pick at me about Harrison either. I’m good when he gets fined for doing something stupid (well, actually I’m not because fines are a poor substitute for flags, but that’s another issue). But he needs to hush, too.

  68. edgy says: Dec 10, 2010 2:26 PM

    Deb, my first comments to you had nothing to do with him being on Florida’s short list. My reply to frank addressed THAT and my next reply to you addressed the integrity issues that you kept bringing up (along with the fact that you believed that he was significantly overshadowed by Cam). Do you believe that Vanderbilt would be having him at the top of their wish list if there was one hint of a problem with them? This is a school that would rather go 0-12 and not be on probation than go 12-0 and face the possibility of having it all come back on them.

  69. Deb says: Dec 10, 2010 6:17 PM

    I’ll give you that. I don’t think there’s a problem with Malzahn. I doubt there’s a problem with Chizik. If anything’s going on at Auburn, it’s with boosters and shady people on the periphery of the football program, not the coaches and their staffs. At least I hope that’s the case.

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