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.”
South Carolina has seen one of the most experienced members of its secondary not only leave the program but the sport as well.
Rico McWilliams has decided to leave the Gamecocks and give up football, first-year USC head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday. No reason was given for the decision.
McWilliams had started 18 the past three seasons, but began to tumble down the depth chart in the spring and failed to gain much ground in summer camp. He had left camp early on for what were described as personal reasons, but eventually returned.
“I am back with the team and have to stay focused,” the cornerback said just three days ago.
As a redshirt junior last season, McWilliams started 10 of USC’s 12 games, the lone exceptions being the contests against Georgia and Texas A&M. He was credited with 32 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Additionally, Muschamp announced that redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Owens had left his team as well. A three-star 2015 signee, Owens didn’t play as a true freshman.
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” the coach said.
A short time later, Harbaugh took to Twitter to offer a clarification that he had no issue with Kaepernick’s motivation, merely his methods.
Even as Baylor looks to put a tumultuous offseason in the rearview mirror, the football team simply can’t get away from the dark cloud hanging over the program.
Interim head coach Jim Grobe announced Monday that Chance Waz has been suspended for the Bears’ first two games of the upcoming season. The only reason given was unspecified disciplinary issues.
The suspension will cost the defensive back games against Northwestern State and SMU. Waz will be eligible to return for the Sept. 16 game against Rice.
After playing in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014, Waz started 11 of the 13 games in which he played last season. He was again projected as a starting safety entering summer camp.
Speaking of BU starters, Ishmael Zamora is still listed as a first-team wide receiver on the final preseason depth chart released by the Bears Monday. Zamora was caught on video beating his dog with a belt and kicking it, and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor animal abuse.
Grobe said he’s still awaiting the university’s decision on what if any punishment Zamora may be facing as a result of the incident.
The West Virginia football team has had a rough go of it the last month or so.
In late July, Larry Jefferson, expected to be a part of WVU’s defensive line rotation, was arrested on drug charges and removed from the roster. This in mid-August, two-year starting safety Dravon Askew-Henry sustained a torn ACL that will knock him out for the season; shortly thereafter, starting left guard Adam Pankey was arrested on a drunk-driving charge and ultimately suspended for at least the opener against Missouri.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.