The hearts of the Gator Nation have now been taken off life support. Instead of calling it quits, Coach Urban Meyer has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence.
He needs to take a vacation.
Once the Sugar Bowl is over, Meyer would normally begin his annual recruiting trek. This year, he is going to let his staff handle it.
According to Scout.com, the Florida Gators currently are ranked fifth in recruiting and have 20 players on the board for the 2010 signing class. The class includes two five-star players, Mack Brown of Lithonia, Ga., and Matt Elam of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Think about it—the Gators already have 20 recruits in the pipeline, and surely they have up to a dozen more waiting in the wings.
Most of the work has already been done, so with the exception of damage control, is this the reason why Meyer feels he can take a break?
Coach Meyer will have four-plus months to sit back and relax while his staff finalizes recruiting and preparing for spring practice. He may choose to speak to several booster clubs around the country, but the vast majority of the work will be completed.
Sounds like a vacation to me.
Personally, I think this is a good idea.
Yes, his choice of resigning the day after Christmas, then changing his mind 24 hours later is questionable at best, but remember that his good pal Billy Donovan did something similar a few years back, and all is well.
Take the family to Disney World, Coach Meyer.
Call up the Spurrier and play some golf.
There are plenty of cruise ships that depart from the Sunshine State. Have Enterprise pick you up, while you and the Mrs. take that romantic weekend getaway.
Just do us all a favor—please don't scare the Gator Nation like that ever again.