Urban Meyer Resigns From Florida: What Does It Mean For Notre Dame?

Dan Scofield@BleedingGoldAnalyst IDecember 26, 2009

Rejection can turn out for the better in some situations.

Although it didn't look like it at the time, it now looks as if Notre Dame has caught a break when Urban Meyer rejected their latest coaching offer for the second time in his career.

Luckily for Jack Swarbrick, Meyer saved him from having to go through two coaching searches within the same month.

On Saturday, Meyer informed Florida that he would be resigning, citing non-life threatening health issues including chest pains and constant headaches.

With the recent hiring of Brian Kelly, Irish fans know how stressful a coaching search can be on a program-something Gator fans are soon to be reminded of.

The top names of the Gator coaching search will without a doubt be the likes of former Meyer assistants Kyle Whittingham and Dan Mullen, and other big name coaches like Nick Saban and Bob Stoops. Strong will also be phoned about possibly returning just a few weeks after leaving Gainesville for the head coaching job at Louisville.

As much as the nation feels for Meyer right now, everyone should also feel for Strong, who left just moments before his chance among the big boys.

Although the pickings are slim for them this time around as there are not many young coaches to lure in, a la Meyer at Utah in 2004, they might even turn to an NFL head coaching guru to fill the vacancy.

Hell, even Charlie Jr. is available.

Just two months ago, GatorZone released an emergency list of coaches for whom the program might go after if they had needed to.

Brian Kelly topped that list.

Although it would be highly doubtful that Kelly would even think twice about leaving Notre Dame, don't be surprised if he gets a call from the Gators. Because of this sudden change, their program is in a state of desperation (think Ara at Notre Dame in '74).

Another way the resignation might affect the Irish will be on the recruiting trail.

Not only was this terrible news for the Gators, but it was also terrible timing as the winter dead period started just after Christmas, leaving the current Gator staff very few opportunities to salvage their class.

Currently committed to the Gators, Cody Riggs and Joshua Shaw will both be given phone calls after having Notre Dame in their final three before giving their verbal to Meyer.

Riggs already weighed in on the recent news saying, "I will wait to see what happens during the next week at Florida."

Rumors are already swirling regarding Riggs, as Duron Carter tweeted that his friend may be decommitting.

Many uncommitted prospects, including the nation's No. 1 player Seantrel Henderson, also had Notre Dame and Florida in their final schools. The others include Dietrich Riley, Christian Jones, Cory Lemonier, and Chaz Green. Andrew Hendrix, a current Irish commit, was also rumored to have interest in Meyer's program.

While the time is going to be rough in Gainesville, the rest of the nation (besides Kelly's former team) will be happy over the news over Meyer's resignation, especially on the recruiting trail.

Even though Notre Dame and Meyer have had a bumpy road together, our prayers and wishes go out to him and his family as he recovers and makes his way back into college football (just not too soon, Coach!).