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.”
It is not at all uncommon for children born in the state of Alabama to be named after Alabama football legends, but it is not every day you see a child of an Alabama coach receives a name inspired by former Alabama football players.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt announced the birth of his new son, Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt, on Twitter. Alabama fans will likely already know the connection to the new child’s name, as used the last names of two former Alabama football players to create the middle name of Anderson-Foster; Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster.
Maybe this is more common than I’m aware of, but regardless of how often a coach names a child after former players, this is a testament to the relationship the Pruitt family established with both former Alabama linebackers. And now there will be a bond for years to come between the coach and his family and Anderson and Foster.
Helmet sticker to Al.com.
The Wisconsin Badgers are gearing up for their 100th season playing home football game sin Camp Randall Stadium. As part of the season-long celebration, Wisconsin put some brilliant artistic detail into their season tickets for the 2017 season.
Each ticket to a home Wisconsin game is designed like a retro-style program. These are beautifully done and mimic the style of a program cover from decades past. I’m particularly fond of the program cover for the Purdue game, which features Wisconsin’s Bucky floating in space with a ship with the Purdue logo nearby. Is that a space train? The Band Day program for the game against Florida Atlantic also looks fantastic.
These tickets will surely be must-have collectibles for Wisconsin fans. If Wisconsin wants to make a few extra bucks, then blowing up these images and selling them as posters may be a good decision as well. And I wouldn’t put it past Wisconsin to suit up in a retro-style uniform for at least home game this season in Madison.
Let this post serve as your annual reminder that Notre Dame, UCLA and USC remain the only FBS programs who have never played a game against or scheduled a game with a team from the FCS/Div. 1-AA.
In that vein, Stanford announced Wednesday that it has scheduled a 2018 game against UC Davis. That game will, of course, be played at the Cardinal’s football home, Stanford Stadium, on Sept. 15 of that year.
The two football programs have met three times previously, the last coming in 2014. The Cardinal holds a 2-1 advantage in the miniseries, with the lone loss coming back in 2005
In addition to the game against the FCS program, Stanford also has 2018 non-conference games scheduled with San Diego State, at home, and Notre Dame, in South Bend. Their Pac-12 schedule that season consists of home games against Oregon State, USC, Utah, and Washington State as well as road trips to Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.
Other future non-conference games, with the annual rivalry game versus Notre Dame a given, include Boston College, BYU, Kansas State, Northwestern, TCU and Vanderbilt.
Even as Tyler Campbell seemed determined to transfer from the Army football program, head coach Jeff Monken had held out hope that the starting slotback would reverse course and return to the service academy. In the end, that hope proved futile.
According to Sal Interdonato of HudsonValley.com, Campbell has followed through with his departure plans and has transferred to Elon. As the Phoenix play at the FCS level, Campbell will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
A third-year junior, Campbell will have two seasons of eligibility at his disposal.
Last season, Campbell started 11 of the 13 games in which he played. He ran for 326 yards on 34 carries — his 9.6 yards per carry was tops on the Black Knights — while adding another 71 yards on a pair of receptions. He saved his best for last, rushing for a career-high 88 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over North Texas.
While in the offensive backfield at Army, he’ll play in the defensive backfield at Elon as he’s currently listed as a cornerback for the Phoenix.