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Urban Meyer Is Not Resigning, But Will Take a Leave of Absence

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 7: Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches play against the Vanderbilt Commodores  on November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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James WalkerAnalyst IIDecember 27, 2009

ESPN is reporting that Urban Meyer will not resign, but take a leave of absence while Steve Addazio, the current offensive coordinator, will become the interim head coach.

Reasons for his change of heart are unknown, but Lou Holtz of ESPN College Gameday did say that a coach should never make a decision when exhausted or stressed out.

Maybe Meyer listened.

I have an idea for Jeremy Foley, the Athletic Director of the Florida Gators, to seriously consider (well, OK, maybe not seriously ).  Reach out to the OBC, aka Steve Spurrier, and ask him to finish his coaching career back home in Gainesville.

Why not?

You know Spurrier isn't thrilled to be in South Carolina.  His love for the Gators is well known, and he will be the first to admit that he only has a few years left in coaching.  Why not come back to Florida, attempt to win another SEC Championship or two, possibly go for a National Championship while Coach Meyer rests and recharges his batteries?

I have to admit, I began writing this article before hearing of Coach Meyer's announcement.  But, the idea remains the same.  Would the OBC seriously consider returning home to play the role of substitute head coach while Coach Meyer addresses his health concerns?

Probably not.

I think it would be rather cool if Spurrier would agree to it.  His ego would most likely prohibit such a thing, but the Gator Nation would surely look at him as a godsend.

OK, time to wake-up, I know.  I still think its a great idea, if a far-fetched one.

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