GAINESVILLE -- One of the most important stories facing the Florida Gators this season is the health of UF coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer's quality of life improved dramatically over the offseason because he was forced to address a few things about his health. But the offseason is nothing compared to the football season. In the past, that's the time of year when Meyer normally drops weight because he's not eating. By the end of the 2009 season, Meyer had lost a considerable amount of weight, which likely contributed to his health scare.
In today's Miami Herald, I wrote a story about Meyer's health during the football season. Why write about this right now? Well, like I said, this is the time of year when Meyer must maintain his health and two weeks into the season is the perfect time to reflect on Meyer's health initiatives. After all, anyone can get healthy in the offseason. Maintaining Meyer's health during this football season is crucial to the long-term success of the Florida Gators. Here's a link to that story. LINK!
Meyer has made simple but effective changes to his daily and weekly routine during the football season to improve his quality of life:
1. Taking his medication. Meyer likely wouldn't be coaching right now if his esophageal spasms were not diagnosed in January.
2. Actually eating. It sounds simple, but Meyer is taking the time to take a break and actually eat lunch every day during the football season.
3. Rest. Meyer has scheduled more time in his day to rest. No more breaking down film into the early hours of the morning.
4. Exercise. Meyer exercises from noon to 1 p.m. every day.
5. Streamlined media schedule. Meyer used to meet with reporters every day during the season (except Friday, of course, but he would still do radio on Friday). This season, Meyer stays away from the media on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Meyer's news conferences for Mondays and Saturdays' post-game are required. Meyer answers a handful of questions for a few minutes on the SEC coaches' teleconference on Wednesdays (again, required). He meets with the UF beat writers for about five minutes on Thursdays (not required). It should be noted that he still does his Sunday TV show with Mick Hubert, but that's pretty low key and, once again, required by contract.