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Urban Meyer Resigns: Appreciate What You Did, but Don't Come Back This Time

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators calls out instructions during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Jim FolsomContributorDecember 8, 2010

This time, don't bother coming back. Enough is enough.

If this is how you want to leave it, then go ahead. We won't stop you. We thought there was more to you than this. Obviously not. Too bad.

It was pretty obvious to all in the Gator Nation that there was something definitely wrong with the head coach this year.

In Week 1, he didn't even realize Andre Debose hadn't played. What? This kid was supposed to be Percy Harvin light coming into the program, and you didn't even notice he wasn't playing?

Week after week of horrible offense and not much better defense only got us a "we're not very good right now" from the head coach. Really? Wow! Thanks, Captain Obvious. Any suggestions on how we can be better? No? OK then.

When it was painfully obvious that John Brantley was being horribly utilized, did we get any kind of change in the offensive scheme? Not really—unless you call bringing in a different QB for running plays a change. Might as well call the other team on the horn and tell them what plays you're going run ahead of time. It was that predictable.

Still nothing from Coach Meyer. Nobody got demoted. None stripped of certain duties. Nothing.

Really, this all started last year. Last year was when Urban Meyer really quit. Oh sure, he stayed on, and everybody breathed a sigh of relief. But he really didn't do anything. Other than give the fans lip service, that is.

What happened to Urban Meyer? That is the big question. He was the most serious competitor the Gators have ever had at head coach. His first five years were among the best we've ever seen at UF. He was the man.

Nobody had ever been so successful at rallying the fanbase, striking fear into our opponents and putting Florida football at the top of the game. It looked for all the world that he wanted to build a football dynasty at Florida that would rival any in the game's history.

Then after a loss to Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, he looked like he just gave up. The guy who used to take losses as an excuse to exact some serious revenge on somebody just threw up his hands and said, "No mas." And in 2010, he coached like it.

So if he truly cannot get back to where he was pre-Alabama, whether it's for health reasons or just plain burnout, then he is doing us a favor. One of the biggest favors he is doing us is he is relieving us of Steve Addazio and this putrid offense.

Perhaps now we can hire a coach with a clue about scoring points. Gus Malzahn would be my first choice.

So Urban, thanks for everything. You will be remembered fondly in Gainesville. Good luck with whatever you are going to do with the rest of your life.

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