Urban Meyer Resigns; Is Rich Rodriguez in the Cards?

Jay NicolsCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators reacts after the Alabama Crimson Tide scored a touchdown in the first quarter during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer has resigned as the head football coach at the University of Florida. He has cited his health in his statement released this evening. I hope he is going to be okay and that this is not a life threatening illness. That being said, who will replace him at the reign of the best college football program in the past five years?

Charlie Strong and Dan Mullen both left the program for head coaching jobs at other Universities. Would they approach Mullen and bring him back? Would they tap the Utah well again and go after Kyle Whittingham?

What about Bronco Mendanhall at BYU? Bob Stoops at Oklahoma or Mike Stoops at Arizona, would they jump ship? Chris Petersen at Boise State, would he fit the bill? Who knows what Jeremy Foley will do, what I do know is that he will do a fine job at getting a new coach.

My question now is, would Foley be willing to go after Michigan's Rich Rodriguez? I can't see them wanting the baggage that Rodriguez has accumulated at Michigan. The system he runs would fit in Florida nicely, he can recruit Florida very well, and he has relations all over the south.

Why would Rodriguez, if approached and offered, leave Michigan for Florida? First, to get away from the scrutiny he has brought onto himself at Michigan. Second, half of the maize and blue faithful don't have faith in him. Third, his strongest supporter is stepping down at the beginning of the 2010 season. He is facing a win or out season, like it or not, at Michigan.

Why would Rodriguez, if approached and offered the Florida job, stay at Michigan? First, to prove his doubters wrongs. That would be a big incentive to anyone, proving that he can do it at Michigan. Second, he likes what he has going on at Michigan and believes that his recruits will bring success to Michigan.

This would be a long shot, but Rodriguez is known to jump ship and with all that surrounds him at Michigan, Florida could sound very appealing to him. I'm just saying.