Urban Meyer is retiring, again. But probably we can count on him not being a Gator next season. Why? 24/7 job...time with kids...blah blah blah. Normally I wouldn't give a rat's ass about how Meyer is planning to spend his summer vacation -- leaving the world with the lasting memory of him getting drubbed by FSU in his final regular season game is enough for me. But obviously this is different.
We can tell ourselves all day long that Strong to Miami would have been a bad idea and a tough call to make. And maybe we'd be right. But this is much different. If the prodigal son gets called home to lead the Gators there is no amount of loyalty in the world that will keep him in Louisville. You simply don't turn down the UF job no matter where you are. Lane Kiffin would jump ship in a second -- OK, bad example -- but I'd bet that Saban himself would have a hard time saying no to that job (he'd have to turn them down for pride's sake, I think, but he'd be thinking about it). CSS? No question if they want him he's gone. So the only question is - do they want him?
USA today thinks they might:
Possible replacements that will get early mention could include Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, the offensive coordinator for UF's national titles under Meyer before leaving this past year and former UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. Strong was named the Big East co-coach of the year in his first season at Louisville. He was also on both national title staffs.
Worst case scenario is that he's not their top choice, but their top choice (Saban or whoever) turns them down and they come dragging in for sloppy seconds and he still leaves. Best thing that guy can say right now is "I'm building a program here. I'm going to be here to finish what I started. Maybe there is a day when I have accomplished my goals here that I tackle a new challenge, but that day is not today."
I have a feeling we won't be hearing that speech. The good news is, Urban Meyer is on the market, maybe we can get him.