Chomp! Big Gator to Leave the Swamp!

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIDecember 8, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches the action 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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Urban Meyer is leaving the University of Florida, ladies and gentlemen—and this time, he really means it.

He's going after Penn State's game against Florida (as if the Nittany Lions don't need ANOTHER battle on their hands) in the Outback Bowl, and there must be tears in the eyes of many a fan of orange and blue.

Let's face it: There were signs he wanted to go.

There were worries about his health all the way through his career, and no one wants to see a coach collapse on the sideline with an aneurysm or heart attack.

At times, Urban Meyer looked close to that.

During the Florida State game, his body language almost looked as though he'd given up. He wasn't the old fired up coach that many Gator fans loved and many Gator haters hated.

So when he said that he was going to spend more time with the family—and according to, turn down $20 mllion while doing so—and this time, we think he's right.

The legacy of Urban Meyer is a mixed one at the University of Florida. Sure, he coached Tim Tebow and coached the Gators to not one, but two national titles, three BCS Bowl appearances, two SEC titles and one SEC East title.

He made Chris Leak a good (well, okay at least) quarterback and helped Tebow go to the show. He's made superstars of many a Florida Gator and his legacy will continue into the 2011 NFL Draft, when we expect a few more players to be picked and worshipped.

So, why was there a mix? For one, Meyer may have claimed not to have run a "dirty program," but when, under your charge, your team has had over 30 people arrested (some repeatedly), it's hard to argue.

Then, there's the Cam Newton situation, which absolutely stinks. We can understand why Newton was thrown out of UF, but who okayed it to be told to the press? Did the stories come from Florida or from Mississippi State? And if the stories came from The Swamp, then why didn't Meyer stop it?

Finally, we join one of the best blogs in football, Every Day Should Be Saturday, in asking: Why in the hell is Steve Addazio still in a job after the 7-5 debacle that has been this season?

For all his problems, we're actually going to miss you, Urban Meyer. See you when you resurface at the University of Notre Dame.