The Top 5 Places Urban Meyer Should Watch Gator Bowl 2012
When the (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) Ohio State Buckeyes face off against the (6-6, 3-5 SEC) Florida Gators, there will be a host of story lines that will keep the country intrigued.
Of all the story lines that will fill the wires, Urban Meyer watching his new team face his former team will be the most talked about.
The Buckeyes are coming off of an impressive season considering the cloud of allegations and NCAA investigations that filled the air.
The Gators will be facing a team that they have a history with, one that they defeated just a few years back for a national title.
That Florida team was coached by none other than Urban Meyer.
Since Meyer will not yet be on the sideline for the Buckeyes, where will he be today as his new team takes on his former national title winning powerhouse?
Will he be at his new pad in Columbus?
Will he be in the stands of the Gator Bowl?
Better yet, maybe Meyer will be in his favorite Gainesville pub or eatery.
It's still unknown where he will be, but here are five guesses to the coach’s whereabouts.
The Swamp Restaurant
A famous eatery found in Gainesville is The Swamp Restaurant, located just a few blocks from Ben Hill Griffin Statdium on the outskirts of the Florida campus.
The Swamp Restaurant has been made famous by its great six hour-long happy hours and daily drink specials, something Meyer may need to take the edge off while he is in town.
It may be a great time for Meyer to move through his old state and rebuild roads with the current high school coaches. It is now a dead period in recruiting, but the Buckeyes coaches can make their presence known regardless.
If Meyer is at The Swamp Restaurant today, he better be wearing a hoodie. It is a little chilly as a cold front just swept through the southeast.
Gator Bowl Stands
If Meyer is to take the route most traveled by new coaches, he will be in the stadium today as his new Buckeyes take on the Florida Gators.
However, Meyer may need a police escort better than those offered to the officials because his departure and reemergence to coaching has built some bad blood between him and his former contingency.
As he walks through the stadium in Jacksonville today, if that is where he chooses to be, I doubt he will stop off at the Florida press box to say a friendly hello.
He also won’t likely hit up any of the Florida alumni tents to see old friends, as he would just as soon walk on the hot coals from a fresh grill rather than show up at the tailgates of former “friends."
Meyer had built quite a life for himself at ESPN during his short analyst tenure.
Most knew that his departure was just a short time away, but held out hope to continue to hear his eloquent quips and analysis on the air during Thursday night football.
Today may be the day that Meyer has decided to clear his locker and desk at the Bristol campus.
After all, it is only 646 miles from his new office, just a good day’s worth of driving.
Meyer definitely filled his role of family time in his one year away, so it may be a good day to chill at the old office and perhaps have some ice cream cake.
The Meyer family is bound to be extremely excited about the new move to Columbus, Ohio. After all, Columbus is a great place to live, work and play.
At this point however, Meyer may want to spend as much time as possible with his family as he is bound to be on the road quite a bit in the next few months.
Meyer took a break from coaching in hopes to recharge his batteries and decompress from the game.
Little did we know that the time needed would be filled with weekly game analysis and constant appearances on ESPN specials...seems like he may have just wanted out of Florida.
Whatever the reasoning, Meyer is now back home in Ohio and has a tall task at hand.
If he really needed time off and time to relax with his family, this may be his last weekend for a while.
Rest on Urban, rest on.
What better way to watch your new team than from 1,000 feet in the air?
There isn't a doubt that Meyer has friends in high places, but whether or not he has friends at Goodyear remains to be seen.
Meyer would love to watch the game in person and having that perspective of the field would be huge, but he definitely doesn’t want to get caught hanging around by some disgruntled Gators fans.
With the chance to watch from the blimp, he would be safe from the watchful eyes of the Gators faithful fans, and would also be able to watch the terrible offensive performances that are being drummed up by both of these teams.