Florida Gator Football: Is Gainesville the Center of the College Football Universe?
At the risk of offending all the fans of Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, and Texas, hear me out on this one.
Lets take a look at recent history and allow me to make an argument as to why The University of Florida and the city of Gainesville can stake the claim of the "Mecca" of College Football.
Don't agree? Let me hear it!
Reason #5: Title Contention, Every Year
'Bama fans please!
Yes, you kicked our tail in last years SEC championship.
However, if Florida wins that game, we are playing in our 3rd National Championship game in four years.
Ok, I know if my Aunt had stones, she'd be my Uncle.
In any event, kids come to Florida to win championships, and are not concerned with teams or programs that haven't won in recent history.
The lore of Nortre Dame is strong and it's probably a great place to go to school and play ball, but when was their last National Championship won?
The future is here and now in Gainesville Florida.
Reason #4: Attractiveness to the NFL
Percy Harvin would have likely made the NFL on his own.
However, his stock was built as a Gator.
This years draft was a whose-who of studs from the Gators.
Not quite the number of guys that the "U" has in the NFL, but for the here and now, UF is developing game changing players graduating to the NFL.
Reason #3: Urban Meyer and Staff
There is no shortage of those who like to bash Meyer on several fronts.
From his puzzling short lived resignation, to his brash undressing of media members, Meyer is a polarizing figure.
He is also another thing—a winner!
Meyer said it best after winning the National Championship. "If you don't wanna come to play football at Florida, you gotta be freakin' crazy."
Well, the recruiting results and polls show that no one is crazy, because many of the top recruits nationwide are now flocking to Gainesville to play for "Urb."
Meyer may not always be the coach of the Gators. Some day he will either move to the NFL, replace Brian Kelly at Norte Dame should he fail, or flat out retire.
Fortunately, that day has not arrived!
Reason #2: A National Stage
Florida plays on national television EVERY weekend.
The SEC has aligned itself with CBS and ESPN to produce some of the very best college football games every week.
Note: Florida plays every game, save the cream-puff first game, on a grand stage that is attractive to players who want to be seen on TV.
If I'm a recruit who has the chance to play in the "Swamp," in front of 90,000 fans, then I'm a happy kid.
Reason #1: It's Florida Baby!
Come right after Labor day, my town in infested with license plates from Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, etc.
I understand why these folks come to Florida—it's the sunshine baby. The warm sun, sand and surf make it hard to resist.
If your a top level recruit and are being recruited by Florida and Michigan State, where do you wanna go?
Nothing against my friends from East Lansing, but I'm going where the girl in this picture is going, just sayin'!