Florida (Meyer) Will Call, Spurrier Will Listen and Offer Advice

Jonathan FravelSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Urban Meyer (L) of the Florida Gators shakes hands with head coach Steve Spurrier (R) of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Attention, Steve Spurrier. Stand ready at the phone. Momma's gonna call and you need to have an answer ready when she does.

Out of respect, you're gonna have to make the trip and talk to her about the situation.

Addition as of Sunday press conference (in italics):

Fortunately, for USC fans, the call will be for consultation. Not a job change as was suspected following the initial Meyer press conference.

Since the initial announcement that Urban Meyer was stepping down as head coach, there has been a reconsideration and he will opt for a leave of absence following the Sugar Bowl. It is suspected that he will guide the program through the recruiting process until signing day and then take the desired sabbatical.

Spurrier is the reason that the University of Florida has had unbelievable success on the gridiron for the past 20 years. Urban Meyer has been riding that wave for the past five years.

Now it's time to bring the master back home. But only as an encourager for the mentally stressed Florida head coach. Meyer stated in the Sunday press conference when asked if he would confer with coach Spurrier: "Spurrier has been at it a while, he would have good advice. I should call him, I will call him."

There will be no immediate change at the helm for the Florida football program. Urban Meyer will take an indefinite leave of absence, but he feels certain that he will be the Florida head coach for the 2010 season.

Spurrier is a part of the tradition, he has the first Heisman, the first national championship. He is and will always be someone the University can count on for help, particularly in time of need.