Urban Meyer has done a phenomenal job coaching Florida to two BCS Titles and is one of college football’s best strategic minds, but a clause in his contract from his days at Utah has led to the spreading of many rumors regarding his future.
The Ohio-bred Meyer once had a clause in his contract that said he could leave the Utah Utes without penalty to coach Midwest powers Michigan, Notre Dame, or Ohio State, fueling speculation that his Florida job is just a pit stop.
Meyer has also said before according to this article in FloridaToday.com that Notre Dame is his likely dream job and that his wife doesn’t have veto power over it or the two Big Ten powers Michigan and Ohio State.
Meyer turned down ND for Florida in 2004 but the previously mentioned article makes a good case for why, as Meyer had a young family at the time and didn’t want to end up traveling around the country recruiting for ND, which needs more of a national recruiting base than Florida where top players thrive in the Gators’ backyard.
Will Urban Meyer Ever Leave Florida to Coach Notre Dame?
It is my personal believe that Meyer will indeed leave Florida to coach Notre Dame sometime in the near future. I don’t have a ton of confidence in Charlie Weis to get the job done there as he hasn’t made any moves despite recruiting top talent to the Irish.
Weis seems more like a coordinator than head coach material while Meyer is proven to be a winner at every level as the head coach.
If Weis eventually is forced out and the timing is right, Notre Dame will likely throw a ton of money at Urban Meyer, who can finally restore the program back to levels it hasn’t been at since the early 90’s.
Also factoring into Meyer’s decision is ND’s easier path to the BCS Title Game and BCS bowl games in general. ND is an independent school who makes their own schedule while Florida is locked into the SEC with tough games and plenty of natural rival schools looking to spoil their season. The SEC Title Game is always another daunting hurdle at the end of the year.
At ND, Meyer would have easier schedules and all the support and talent he needs to make a run at the BCS Title Game every 2-3 years.
Add it all up and it’s easy to see why Meyer, a Midwest guy, would have little trouble leaving Florida for the Irish despite the amazing thing he has going in Gainesville right now.
Florida fans shouldn’t fret, however, because with their state’s talent and the prestige Meyer has brought their program is likely to be an NCAA football powerhouse for years to come.