Every citizen of the Gator Nation remembers where they were when they heard the announcement of Coach Urban Meyers retirement after the loss to Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship.
Almost immediately the jokes began: Coach Meyer couldn't handle going on without Tim Tebow. He couldn't stand knowing he wasn't the best coach in the SEC now that Saban's Alabama beat his Florida Gators. Even rumors of Steve Spurrier's imminent return to Gainesville ran rampant.
Then the next day Coach Meyer decided to accept AD Jeremy Foley's offer to take an extended leave of absence to focus on his health. Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over temporarily while Coach Meyer took needed time off to recuperate, diagnose the cause of his chest pains, and spend time with his family.
Coach Meyer returned for Florida's 2010 Orange and Blue game—the Gator's spring team scrimmage. He looked like his normal self on the sideline.
At the 2010 SEC Media Days, Coach Meyer reiterated that his health was much better now that the doctors had established the cause of his chest pains. He put back on the weight he lost, and looked much better than he did towards the end of the 2009 season.
Coach Meyer is officially back, and ready to resume his head coaching duties with the University of Florida. The 2010 season kicks off for Florida on September 4, 2010 against Miami of Ohio in The Swamp. No one expects the Gators to struggle with their season opener.
Do you think Coach Meyer's overall health is still a concern?
The first expected struggle for the Gators is when they travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide on October 2, 2010. Many feel the Gators will lose the game, so Florida's expectations for that game is low.
However, what would happen if Florida's season takes a turn for the worst?
One or two losses this upcoming season may be acceptable as long as the Gators get to Atlanta representing the SEC East. However, let's say Florida loses a game they are expected to win? What if they lose three or four games?
The first sign of trouble will be the light's in Coach Meyer's office. If they are still on past 6PM ET, then it's time to start watching him closely. If Mrs. Meyer goes to bed without Urban Sunday night and doesn't see him until late Monday, then the time to press the panic button may have arrived.
Seriously, if the Gators fail to meet expectations this season, will Coach Meyer revert back to the bad habits that caused his health to decline in the past? Coaching is a very stressful gig so it is crucial that every coach, not just Urban Meyer take care of themselves.
Hopefully Coach Meyer will remain true to himself and continue towards a good work/life balance. If the 2010 Florida Gators look more like the 2007 team, then we'll need to watch how Meyer handles the pressure.
The next time he resigns, it will be permanent. I mean he isn't Brett Favre, you know?