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Sugar Bowl now an interesting game

NEW ORLEANS -- Just when you thought a week in New Orleans was going to be nice and quiet ... Urban Meyer is gone!

Do you remember where you were when Urban Meyer announced his resignation? I was sitting in my New Orleans hotel room in front of my laptop and nearly swallowed my tongue. Some of you guys might recall that I asked Meyer on Dec. 6 during a Sugar Bowl teleconference about his health entering the Sugar Bowl. The teleconference moderator (a Sugar Bowl guy) would not let Meyer answer the question because, according to the moderator, only questions could be asked about the Sugar Bowl. Looking back, that was a pretty important question.

Meyer's health since the Gators' loss to Alabama has been a major concern to the Meyer family. He has had chest pains, reportedly, and the cyst on his brain needs to addressed. If Meyer has brain surgery at Shands, he would be in recovery for several months. Here's hoping everything turns out OK with Meyer. I can't imagine what he's going through right now.

I've spoken with about a dozen people in the last three hours about the state of UF football. I'll have two stories in tomorrow's paper. One will be about Meyer sudden resignation and another story will be about recruits and the coaching search. Here's what I know right now...

1. UF's South Florida recruits told me on Saturday that they are still committed to Florida but will wait and see who athletics director Jeremy Foley hires before signing with Florida on Feb. 4. Miami Booker T. Washington receiver Quinton Dunbar said that he will probably de-commit if UF hires a run-oriented coach. Dunbar said if UF hires Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech then he's gone. That made me laugh.

2. UF quarterback recruit Trey Burton of Venice High is already text messaging UF commitments in the hopes of reassuring recruits. One UF commitment received a text from Burton that read, "Everything is going to be OK."

3. One source close to Foley told me that Charlie Strong might have been a candidate had he not left for Louisville. Another coach who would have been at the top of Foley's wish list had he not already been hired: Brian Kelly.

4. Dan Mullen's name has already surfaced as a possible replacement for Meyer but Mullen only has one year of head coaching experience.

5. Is Meyer basically taking extended sick leave? Does this mean UF is still on the hook for $4 million a year? This is an important question that needs answering on Sunday. UF officials would not return phone messages on Saturday.

6. Steve Spurrier? Not a chance.

-jo-

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It will be difficult to pull in a top coach when Meyer will be waiting on the sidelines a la Pat Riley to "take over" when the time is right. Who in their right mind would do that?

I assume Meyer didn't know anything when he let Charlie Strong leave, however, I had a funny feeling that he was leaving (to go to Notre Dame) when he let one of his best friends who has been with him since the start go to LSU (Billy Gonzales).

Ask your self you ditto heads;
why do this now?
why not wait til the bowl games over??
why did gonzales leave for a lateral position with a competiting school???
why didn't he tell charlie he was thinking about stepping down????
why is the jacksonville press reporting urban and tebow are coming?????

AND what's he been telling recruits;
'come to florida and play for me'
I'm sure that's going to go over real good with the recruits;
lying to them,
the arrests,
coaches leaving..

WATCH OUT BELOW...


As much as I hate u punks for taking UF off the schedule, Tebow, and your ship run, I would never wish ill-willupon any man. The Meyer Family should be in everyones prayers this holiday. Many blessings to you Coach Meyer and best wishes getting your health back.

I meant too say UM off the schedule.

I meant to say you're a flaming idiot.

Meyer's departure is shocking, did anyone involved with UF see this coming? I hope he's OK healthwise, football means nothing with health.

It's a loss for all for all of college football. As a UM fan, life is more interesting when UF is a national power.

I wouldn't be surprised if you guys went after Butch Davis.

I guarantee had "Liar" beat Bama, and Tebow was just a junior, he would be coaching UF again next year.

He saw this ship slipping from him this year when Percy wasn't there.. gators will be in total dismay... passing the crown to the canes

"Meyer's health since the Gators' loss to Alabama has been a major concern to the Meyer family. He has had chest pains, reportedly, and the cyst on his brain needs to addressed. If Meyer has brain surgery at Shands, he would be in recovery for several months. Here's hoping everything turns out OK with Meyer. I can't imagine what he's going through right now."

4. Dan Mullen's name has already surfaced as a possible replacement for Meyer but Mullen only has one year of head coaching experience.

"5. Is Meyer basically taking extended sick leave? Does this mean UF is still on the hook for $4 million a year? This is an important question that needs answering on Sunday. UF officials would not return phone messages on Saturday."

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Good stuff Goodman... Except you won't be getting any answers today as to what procedures, if any, will be done to Meyer. A very reliable source (my nephew's wife's mother is an Executive at Shands) says that Meyer is very seriously considering taking care of this constant arahnoid cyst problen ASAP. In order to do so, the cyst must NOT be inflammed. It's not a Major operation (but of course any surgery to the brain is considered serious). But the FULL recovery time could be as long as 18 months per strict Doctors orders. Which is why Meyer has always put it off. Meyer has been bullheaded about this sticking point for years thinking after 2-3 months he could get right back to his "normal" 16 hour day, 7 days a week routine. The cold reality of this has finally hit him square in the face and his family is quite releived to say the least...

This procedure,if done (and it must for his to ever coach again later) could happen next week, next month or come Spring. But before it does, Meyer MUST eliviate all stress and outside destractions in his life. And when it does happen, I assure you, nobody but his family and the Doctors will know about it. Someday, like yesterday, news will break and it will be done. The first step has been taken. That being Meyer has for the very first time in his coaching life, has put himself before his team.

Now as to what will happen with the Gators Football program. Flip a coin. No big named control freak like Stoops, Shanahan, Tubby or others need the hassle of having Urban waiting in the shadows to reassume his "Dream Job" 2-3 years from now. So the only logical choice would be to hire from within. Except it's obvious that that cupboard is bare. So you revert back to what you had. Charlie and Mullen. Charlie is very very doubtful. One, he has waited for this Louisville shot for to long and two, Florida WILL hire and Offensive minded Head guy... Which leaves Mullen. Why would he want to leave what he's building at MSU? Because even when he took the job, he knew it was simply an OJT stepping stone to something bigger in the future. So, if he were to come back for say 2 years while Meyer takes a leave. I ask you, what's better on his coaching Resume. 4-5 mediocre years at Mississippi State or returning back to Gainesville, at a hefty payraise, a nice big house in Haile,get his kids back where they want to be all the while helping out his buddy Urban for a few years and waiting on one of those "nice" jobs to open up in 2012-2013 ? The guy is only 37. It would be a golden move on his part.

Finally, Bernie Machen and J. Foley. What's up their collective sleeves ? First, Bernie Machaen has his entire leg out of his Presidents Office as I write. He really has no say whether the School goes after a longterm or short term hire. This is Foley's baby. And in a perfect world, he'll be able to pull the strings to make everyone happy and have Coach Meyer back on the Sidelines when he's good and ready...

Can You imagine a refreshed and Healty Urban Meyer back on the sidelines for you favorite Football team ?


her's a couple of references as to exactly what an arachnoid cyst is and how it is treated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnoid_cyst

surgcal options

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Neurology/Arachnoid-Cyst---Surgery/show/960486


Enjoy Naawwlings, have a few at Pat O's for me.


And to U well wishing Canes ... Well ... U know.

Good luck Tuesday and stay healthy

sorry about the lack of editing, but it is time to watch Ricky Run and little football .

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