Urban Meyer Has Gators Well Prepared For SEC Championship Do-Over

Thomas JohnsenCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In his Thursday morning press conference, Urban Meyer expressed delight in the Tuesday and Wednesday practices.

"We are preparing well," Meyer stated. "Guys are just flying around the field ready to get back and play heartily against Alabama."

When corrected by a reporter that the Florida Gators next game is against Cincinnati, not Alabama, Meyer dropped a news bomb on the room.

"No, our next game is the Alabama do-over. We petitioned the SEC and BCS and made our argument to play 'Bama again. They saw our logic and allowed the rematch."

The University of Florida athletics department produced the half-page document that they submitted to the SEC administrative offices.

In the document, UF athletic director Jeremy Foley threatened to secede from the SEC if Florida was not given a second chance in the championship game.

"It was clear that our football team was at a disadvantage," Foley explained. "And if we weren't given the chance to redeem ourselves, the university would have pulled out and sued the living hell out of the SEC."

Of course, there is no such precedent for a threat like this, or even a rematch in general.

The SEC tried to counter, pointing to 2006 when Michigan lobbied for a rematch against Ohio State but didn't get one.

However, Michigan didn't actually threaten to leave the Big Ten if they didn't receive the rematch, so the stakes for the SEC are much higher.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive was not available for contact at the time this article was written, but he will be trailed by ESPN, CBS, TMZ and OMG! Yahoo until he issues a statement.

The feeling from the Gators locker room can be summarized by Tim Tebow's Twitter account posting from three minutes ago:

@TimmyHeartsGod: ZOMG! Prayers were heard! Rematch against Bama is on! Need to find a better eye black verse!

Nick Saban was irked by the news from the SEC.

"I'm so G-D peeved," Nick stated, in a terrible lapse of language.

Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain did not share Saban's sentiment, or language barrier.

"Yea we'll play 'dem [expletive] again. We whooped that [expletive] once and we'll do it again."

Urban Meyer disagreed, claiming that this time around will be different.

"We actually watched some game tape on them now. We are putting in an advanced defensive game plan. That number 22 is good. What's his name again?"

If the game goes as it did last week, Meyer will certainly know the name Mark Ingram.

Gator fans can only hope.


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