I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.
But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.
Our favorite part of all of this is watching those who assume human behavior falls into some kind of pattern or justified path sort through the various scattered threads of Meyer’s logic. "Why is this a matter of life or death 24 hours ago, and now it’s not?" "Why did he say something, and then say something else?" "WHY DO HUMANS CONFUSE ME SO?" Because they make no sense whatsoever, are indecisive, and often conflate the little Enlightenment ideal of humanity in your head by acting like a pack of macaques playing with a box full of lit fireworks?
He turned to me and asked. "Is it OK to make this announcement here?"
Meyer turned back to the golfers and said, "I'm not going to Notre Dame. Ever. I'm going to be the coach at Florida for a long time, as long as they want me."
He turned back to me and told me to put that in the paper, then to three other writers playing in the tournament and told them to print it.
[Urban Meyer] added certain situations like a few months back when he responded to a radio station’s questions about former Gator quarterback Shane Matthews’ sometimes critical statements about the team that it would have been best for the program had he held back. "I should know better," Meyer said.
Later, when asked about Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s often-replayed comments about Meyer and the Gators, Meyer smiled, looked out the window and said "it sure is sunny today, isn’t it?"
"Utah deserved a chance to play in a bigger game,'' Spurrier said. "They shouldn't be an outcast. They are undefeated but there's only one game for two teams, It makes it difficult. You would have to have some kind of playoff system to allow those teams to get into the national championship hunt. They should be allowed in it. Boise State should be in it. But that's not the way we do it.''
You may have read where Auburn used stretch limos to parade recruits around the state of Alabama. The idea was that the limos would not only appeal to the kids but get Auburn plenty of attention because of the decals on the limos.
The real question here is whether other schools will follow suit or will the NCAA enact a new rule banning their use. We've seen the NCAA react to excessive meals and plane trips as well as text messaging. Can this be far behind?
"I think it should," Urban Meyer told Dooley Noted when asked if the NCAA will get involved. "We're trying to sell graduation rates and academics and [they're] trying the sing and dance routine.
"The Florida coaching staff will not be riding around in limos or ripping off our shirts."
Clearly, it is time to teach Coach Kiffin a lesson . . . Coach Kiffin and all those Volunteers. They deserve to be the object of [Florida's] whole focus. They are the only Eastern Division rival that matters. The entirety of your attention must be trained on Tennessee and Tennessee alone. [...] No, circling the Georgia game on the calendar would just be a waste of Magic Marker. It’s Tennessee, I tell you. It’s always been Tennessee.
"Nu’Keese was here on campus (on his recruiting visit) and his phone kept ringing.
"One of our coaches said, ‘Nu’Keese, who’s that?’ He said, ‘Urban Meyer.’
"Just so you know, when a recruit is on another campus, you can’t call him. I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn’t get him. ...
"Nick Saban (Alabama’s coach) should have started his press conference (Wednesday) by saying, ‘Our great class that we signed ... I’d really like to thank Lance (Thompson) because Lance signed eight of those guys.’ "