Urban Meyer Breaks Gator Fans' Hearts; Hurricanes Could Be Rebound Girlfriend

Angel MelendezCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 28:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators talks with head coach Urban Meyer during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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As has been reported by every sports media outlet on the planet, University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer will resign after the Gators face Cincinnati next weekend in the Sugar Bowl. 

While everyone begins to speculate who will follow such an incredibly successful coach, I'm more interested in how this reshapes the fortunes of in-state recruiting rivals, Miami. 

Entering the 2010 season, the college football landscape of the state of Florida will be drastically different and the 'Canes would be wise to use that to their advantage.

Florida will have a new head man, Bobby Bowden will have coached his last game at FSU and the Hurricanes could potentially be coming off their first 10 win season since 2003. 

Yes Miami still has the upstarts at USF and FAU to contend with but honestly, those schools aren't targeting the same type of blue chip players that the big three manage to get year after year. 

Thus, it seems very possible that the balance of power may have just shifted like a continental plate in favor of a Hurricanes program getting itself back into a rhythm of winning.

Miami coach Randy Shannon now has one less master recruiter to compete against. And, depending on the outcome of the Champ's Sports Bowl Tuesday vs Wisconsin, a freight train of momentum no hungry recruit will be able to ignore. 

Florida's loss could very well be Miami's gain.