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UF AD Foley sees a sideline return in Meyer’s future

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At least publicly, Urban Meyer has yet to give any definitive indication as to whether or not he will return to coaching, although most assume that he will return to the sidelines after recharging his batteries for a year or two.

You can count Meyer’s current boss among those assuming there’s still some coaching left in the soon-to-be-former Florida coach’s future.

By way of Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, UF athletic director Jeremy Foley says he’d “have no problem with him coaching again” even if it’s as early as 2012, and that a return to the game almost seems inevitable for the coach he plucked from Utah nearly six years ago.

“I think (Meyer) realizes three days from now is the last time he’s going to line up for the Gators,” Foley said of the Outback Bowl game with Penn State Saturday. “I don’t think it’s the last time he lines up in his life and I’ve told him that.”

There is one stipulation for a return, though.  “Yeah, as long as he’s not at Georgia or something. … I’m just kidding.”

To be technically correct, we believe that should be “half-kidding” when it comes to Georgia or any other SEC school when/if Meyer returns.

As for Meyer’s immediate future, all signs are pointing to the coach moving to television and an unspecified role with ESPN.  Meyer received generally favorable reviews for his on-air “audition” last week, and Foley thinks it’s something Meyer needs right now and would be good at.

“Urban’s got to do some things in his life — I know him,” Foley said. “He’s not just going to sit around and go fishing. That’s not him. I think he’d be very good at (television). I think he really enjoyed what he did the other night. Time will tell. I hope he gets those opportunities. I think he’d be good at it and I know he’d enjoy it.”

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8 Responses to “UF AD Foley sees a sideline return in Meyer’s future”
  1. antiherogoodkind says: Dec 29, 2010 5:36 PM

    Yeah like in the NFL next season, perhaps?

  2. bearcatfan05 says: Dec 29, 2010 6:40 PM

    Denver is looking for a coach and somebody named Tim Tebow just happens to be the quarterback there. Seems pretty fishy to me

  3. rick1922 says: Dec 29, 2010 6:59 PM

    Why is this a story its what everyone knows. This post is a waste of space.

  4. edgy says: Dec 29, 2010 7:07 PM

    It’s their space to waste. :)

  5. blitz4848 says: Dec 29, 2010 7:14 PM

    Meyer is not about to go to the NFL, ever.
    Not his cup of tea. You can take that to the bank.

  6. rolldat says: Dec 29, 2010 7:42 PM

    Or he could be at Notre Dame in three years…..

  7. Deb says: Dec 29, 2010 8:52 PM

    @rick1922 …

    JT’s job is to attract readers and page clicks. He managed to attract you, didn’t he? Obviously the story wasn’t a waste.

    I’m with blitz. Just can’t see Meyer in the NFL. It’s much more stressful than the NCAA and a very different culture. He and his wife always seemed to enjoy the college atmosphere. Perhaps he just wants some time with his family before his kids get older. However, I could see him coaching in the SEC again, and could definitely see him at Notre Dame if their current coach doesn’t work out.

    As for the Broncos … Pat Bowlen isn’t going to hire a college coach solely because he has a history with the guy who, until five minutes ago, was the team’s third-strong QB. Doesn’t work that way.

  8. mboyj05 says: Dec 30, 2010 9:33 AM

    I see Urban Meyer’s next coaching gig at Ohio State.

    Tressel will be ready to retire in about 3 or 4 years, around the time Meyer will be ready to come back.

    It is Meyer’s and his wife’s home state.

    Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State, along with earning his master’s degree there.

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