Florida Gators Football: Urban Meyer Update
The Will Muschamp Era is under way in Gainesville and Urban Meyer is one week into retirement.
Even though he is no longer the head coach of the Florida Gators, Meyer has remained busy.
While the two-time national championship coach may need a break from coaching football, he's too restless to just kick back and relax at home.
Here's a list of what is going on with former Florida coach Meyer since his last victory in the Outback Bowl:
- Meyer served as a consultant to Will Muschamp while Florida's new head coach assembled his staff, which helps explain the hire of Charlie Weis (a disciple of Meyer's friend Bill Belichick) as offensive coordinator.
- Both Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Meyer will serve as guest analysts for ESPN during the 2010 BCS Championship Game Monday. Meyer previously did television work for this season's MAACO Las Vegas Bowl and the 2008 BCS Championship Game.
- Jeremy Foley still hasn't specified what Meyer's role will be with the Florida football program, but that hasn't stopped the former Gators coach from moving into an office in the UAA building on campus.
- On Rich Eisen's weekly podcast on NFL.com, here's what Meyer said about coaching in the NFL: "Well, I think we'll cross that bridge somewhere down the road. I've always loved the NFL and you know, growing up, that was always a dream, but I got into college and that was my home for a long time. But right now, I'm not really looking forward. I'm not really thinking about the future. I'm just thinking about right now...I'm not thinking about the future and I'm happy where I'm at."
It will definitely be interesting to see what Meyer will actually do now that his coaching career is officially on hiatus.
There will undoubtedly be many calls from college programs with head coaching offers for the next few years, but how many, if any, NFL teams will try to woo Meyer?
And if a pro job opens up, would Meyer consider trying the spread offense at the NFL level?
Also, if Meyer ends up becoming a full-time ESPN personality, then good for him. It looks like a fun job and once he gets comfortable, he could be really good at it.
And if he decides to work mainly for the University of Florida, he could do wonders raising money, making appearances, etc.
However, if Meyer decides to spend the majority of his time working for the UAA, he should be very careful not to step on Muschamp's toes.
Muschamp is already facing the difficult task of building his own program in Gainesville and having his legendary predecessor breathing down his neck only adds more pressure for the first-time head coach.
Meyer should be visible in his role with UF, but at the same time, he needs to make sure he remains firmly in the background for Muschamp's sake.
Whatever the future holds for Meyer, it is certainly intriguing to sit back and watch it unfold.