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.”
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa may not be playing in the spring game due to an injury, but there is still plenty of Tagovailoa news coming out of Tuscaloosa today. Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of the national championship game hero, has reportedly committed to play for the Crimson Tide.
The newest commitment for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide is a four-star dual-threat quarterback and will be a part of Alabama’s Class of 2019. Alabama won the recruiting battle against schools like Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, and Michigan among others. According to Al.com, Lane Kiffin made a push to lure Tagovailoa to FAU as well.
Tagovailoa will go down as an in-state recruit for Alabama because the Tagovailoa moved to Alabama after Tua Tagovailoa enrolled at Alabama. If Tua wins the starting job at Alabama, then it is possible Alabama’s offense could be run by a Tagovailoa for the next six years. A dynasty within a dynasty? That’s dynasty inception, not to put too much pressure on either Tagovailoa brother.
A record-setting crowd at Memorial Stadium had plenty of reasons to cheer on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. Aside from a good amount of highlights from Nebraska’s football players, including freshman Adrian Martinez, Nebraska fans celebrated as a student in attendance was given a chance to win $25,000. All he had to do was field a punt during a break in the action.
He nailed it, and the celebration following was pretty good too. After getting his hands on the ball to secure the $25,000 prize, players from both sidelines rushed the field to celebrate.
File this away with all of those fun spring game moments.
Nebraska has generally been one of the traditional heavy hitters when it comes to the not-at-all-important stat of spring game attendance, but never before have so many Huskers fans crammed into Memorial Stadium to see their beloved team play the spring game.
Nebraska is reporting a spring game crowd of 86,818 in Lincoln this afternoon, easily making them the new leader in the nation for spring game attendance this season (other contenders Alabama and Penn State are also in action today, so we’ll see if Nebraska hangs on to this lead). The massive crowd on-hand to witness the spring debut of new head coach Scott Frost also catapulted Nebraska into the top 10 leaderboard for all-time spring game attendance figures. Nebraska’s 86,818 fans is good for the eighth-most fans for a spring game, and Nebraska’s only appearance on the top 10 list.
It’s worth a quick reminder that these are paying fans as well, and the weather isn’t fantastic, although it is far better than a number of spring games have seen this season.
Florida State previously had the highest-attended spring game going into this weekend, but the crowd of 60,934 stood very little chance of staying ahead of some of the schools in action on Saturday, including the combination of Nebraska, Alabama, Penn State, and Georgia.
Wisconsin’s quarterback position looks to be pretty solid heading into the 2018 season with Alex Hornibrook back to lead the offense, but the depth at the position will get a little more shallow with a pending departure. Karé Lyles is set on leaving Madison by way of a transfer, according to a message posted to his Twitter account Friday night.
“Thank you UW for the memories, but it’s time to focus on a new chapter and a new beginning,” Lyles said in his message on Twitter. “The best is yet to come! Just a kid with a dream, and I didn’t come this far just to come this far.”
Lyles would have been floating on the depth chart at Wisconsin this season behind locked-in starter Hornibrook, with Jack Coan rising to be the top backup option ahead of Lyles for the Badgers. Wisconsin has some other younger in-experienced quarterbacks on the roster as well to fill some of the space on the depth chart in the fall.
Lyles, a redshirt sophomore in the fall, will have to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play again in 2019 with two years of eligibility to use at another FBS program. If he transfers to a lower division school, then Lyles would be eligible to play immediately this fall.
Helmet sticker to Bucky’s 5th Quarter.