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Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer holds back tears in press conference

GAINESVILLE -- Stoic Urban Meyer revealed his soft side on Monday during his weekly press conference.

Saturday home game against Florida State (6-5) will be Senior Day for the top-ranked Gators (11-0) and UF's coach paused several times on Monday to hold back tears when asked about his senior class, which will leave Florida having won more games than any other recruiting class in SEC history. After being asked a question about his first senior class, Meyer said, "We didn't have the same bond as maybe we did with this group, but ..."

Meyer then went speechless for 27 seconds. He bowed his head, wrinkled his nose and fought back the tears. It was the most emotion Meyer has displayed publicly since he has been at Florida. Meyer collected himself and offered some levity. "No more interviews this week, man," he said. "Yeah, it's going to be a tough week."

More long pauses followed. Meyer choked up when asked about former UF walk-on quarterback Michael Guilford, who died during a motorcycle wreck on Oct. 12, 2007. After a 19-second refrain, Meyer said, "Mike, we're going to invite his family down. He's a part of this group and, once again, you take Mike out of this process and that really stung this football team. And he's got a terrific family and we'll just do the best we can to make that family feel at peace with what he did here, because he was a phenomenal young man and phenomenal member of this team. So he'll be part of Senior Day."

Florida's coach was again emotional when asked about the impact Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has had on Meyer personally.

"It think he's had the same impact on me he has had on college football," Meyer said. "I know he's had on my children..." Meyer then paused for 14 seconds before continuing. "The one thing about Tim is the unselfishness and his mission outside of college football is unparalleled as far as I'm concerned. The impact he's made, it's almost like selflessness is now a cool thing. Like, kids realizing to give back. If you can brighten someone's day you do it. And I think the impact he has made on this team is phenomenal -- and this coaching staff. It's very noticeable behind closed doors more than probably what you [reporters] see. It's a significant impact."



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From today's gator press conference:

Urbs: "I am not going to ND...I will coach here as long as they will have me."

Thank you, happy to get that out of the way for recruiting purposes!

The man is staying "AS LONG AS THEY WILL HAEV ME".......can you say dynasty! It's Great to be a Florida gator!

God Bless Urban Meyer.....
Tim Tebow for President.......

Sounds like Urban loves the Gator Nation. The feeling is mutual.

I want tebow to go pro and for urban to try to coach pro. they make a great team!

I can't wait to see the 'canes play in the massengil douche bowl!

congratulations to the lizard nation on "urbie the car salesman's" announcement he will like to stay in Gays-ville...
he also mention his got another batch of felon's line up to play for the lizards...all in all a great day he said...

The Massengil Douche Bowl will help the Canes more than you'll ever know.


Being in the middle of the pack of the ACC will help the Canes more than you'll ever know.


Jacory leading all of college football in INTs, not including his 500+ fumbles will help the Canes more than you'll ever know.


Manny Navarro wearing a chinstrap in all his pictures will help the Canes more than you'll ever know.


It just never gets old.

Just sign that fool to a long term contract so I can throw a party.

Just three more games to win.
Go Gators!

I'm liking it too. We've got to remember though that in spite of the chaos at FSU, they've got some talent on both sides of the ball. As Urban said himself, we were recruiting alot of these guys and missed out on them. This is their NC game. I remember the '97 game when the tables were turned and we upset the 'noles -- Fred Taylor's coming out party. I'm sure they'd love to do the same. We have to play mistake free and pound them like we would anybody else.

Jo any word on the O-line injuries?

"How many times do I have to say... I am not going to be the Alabama Coach!"

Nick Saban (Former Dolphins Coach)

"Friends and family have been calling and asking about the NFL... Well, I plan on staying at Miami and continuing to build this thing!"

Butch Davis (Former Hurricanes Coach)

Gator fans, haven't we all seen this script over and over again... It will be coming to a theatre near U very soon.

Will know more about injuries later today. I'll post something before the baksetball game. Don't forget, live blog of the UF-FSU men's basketball game will begin around 7 p.m. If you want immediate updates from Gator Clause on the game, then go to Twitter and follow Gator Clause. Blog updates are posted to Twitter and the blog.


Hey Lizards, I think coach "urbie the car salesman" will stay in gays-ville...the main reason is he won't be allowed to recruit felons to ND....right ??? you guys are safe.

i love how you UM fans kept saying that urban was leaving and UF was going down and now that it appears he is staying you are all saying what a scum bag he is. i guess it takes scUM to know scum. hating losers...

Just because Nick Saban and Butch Davis are scUM doesnt mean Urban Meyer is.

Urban Meyer is all class and the best coach in college football!

Urbie has no reason to lie. If things were not as he said, he simply would have said " I am the coach at Florida now". He is too smart to let his ego and the so called dream job de-rail him. He is getting advice from many, including Lou Holt whom is telling him ND is a nightmare. Expectations are high, recruiting is National, very tough, with lots of travel and the administration is not behind you. He's got momentum and has all the mistakes of the likes of Spurrir and others to see the grass is not greener. I think he's ours for a while more! Praise God!

you gator fools really dont get it. The U has owned Florida for years. You all took 3 quarters to barely beat a team of freshman last year. Yipee! Prior to that we put a beat down on you all in the bowl game. We own you and Foley knows it. After Tebow leaves, the gators will go back to being what they always were....average at best. Enjoy the fun while it lasts, starting with a beat down to Alabama this year your short term reign has ended. LOL.

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Good stuff, It might just work, although it seems easier when you have a plan.
Anyway, i felt it was about time i posted

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