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Florida Gators: So Much for Urban Meyer Taking Time off To Relax!

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Urban Meyer (R) of the Florida Gators hugs his wife Shelley Mather Meyer on the field after the Gators defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 24-51 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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James WalkerAnalyst IIFebruary 28, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Purportedly, Coach Urban Meyer and his family ordered to evacuate due to Tsunami warnings in Hawaii.

You have got to be kidding me.

The impossible became the inevitable—Coach Urban Meyer actually took time off from his head coaching duties. 

His wife, Shelly, totally shocked at the thought that she would be able leave the confines of Gainesville, FL, was happy to board the pond jumper at Gainesville Regional Airport to connect with a flight that would eventually take them to Hawaii.

So they get to Hawaii—twelve hours or more after leaving Gainesville, and after checking into the hotel, they decide to get a bite to eat. You know, Urban needs to put weight back on after losing 20 or more pounds during the 2009 season. Working 18-hour days will make you skip a meal or two.

After the meal, they kick off their shoes, and decide to take a romantic walk down the beach. I mean, it's Hawaii, right? 

The ocean breeze, the waves crashing on the beach, it's just Urban and Shelly, toes in the sand, walking and talking while enjoying the peace and serenity.

Then sirens go off loudly, and this time not in Urban's head. Evacuate the beach—TSUNAMI ALERT!

You have got to be kidding me.

The Meyers just can't catch a break. It is impossible to let this man relax. If it's not competition, it's Mother Nature. The man is simply a magnet for stress.

He does the right thing and takes time off with his wife and perhaps kids. He heads thousands of miles away from his home and work so that he can spend quality time with the family. He gets to Hawaii, and they must deal with a tsunami?

I can see it now.

"That was a great vacation. Let's go home!" he says as happily and enthusiastically as possible. "I did it! I got away from work, and now I feel totally recharged and good to go!"

All 48 hours of it.

I wonder if Shelly thought it may be a good idea to grab a surfboard and just paddle out to sea.

Seriously, is it possible for this man to stay away from stressful situations? I can see the plane trip home. Urban with his iPod, Shelly with a book, and the kids looking like the brother/sister combination from National Lampoon's Vacation.

Spring practice begins in a few weeks. Welcome home, Coach Meyer.

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