With Meyer’s departure Athletic Director Jeremy Foley is now faced with a tough decision. Foley can take a few different routes including promoting current offensive coordinatiorSteve Addazio. He can go after former coordinators:Charlie Strong (Lousiville) andDan Mullen (Mississippi State). He can also pursue big name coaches like Bob Stoops(Oklahoma), Jim Harbaugh(Stanford), or KyleWittingham (Utah).
Then again there is always option D. After Tebow plays in the Sugar Bowl they can just offer him the head coaching position. Not quite sure about option D, but it would be interesting. Either way the Gator Nation will miss Urban Meyer and wishes him the best in the future. The Gator program is at a serious crossroad, it will be interested to see where they go from here.Meyer, just 45 years old, is 32-8 all-time in the SEC, and led his Gators to a perfect 12-0 start to the 2009 season before losing to Alabama in the SEC title game on December’s first weekend. In the wake of that game, Meyer was hospitalized and he now cites his health as the reason that he has chosen to resign as Florida football coach.
The Florida Gators, who recently lost their defensive coordinator, Charlie Strong, to the University of Louisville, play on New Year’s evening against the Cincinnati Bearcats. In the meantime, the shockwaves from Meyer’s abrupt departure will be felt for months, if not years.
Meyer remains the only coach in college football with two consensus BCS titles, and this past summer some were comparing him with legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Those comparisons are, for the moment, at rest.