Posted by Tom Fornelli
When the news came that Urban Meyer was stepping down as head coach at Florida, it was only natural to cast a doubting eye toward the situation. We had already seen this play before last season when Meyer made the same decision, and then before you knew it, he was back coaching the Gators once again. So of course there will be plenty of speculation that before next season actually begins, Meyer is going to change his mind once more, and he'll be the head coach next season.
Well, Urban Meyer wants you to know that's not the case. He was in Tampa on Thursday -- where he had that talk with Jeremy Foley and Jon Gruden -- for the Outback Bowl contract signing party, and as you would expect, the question about his return was asked. It was a question that Meyer answered, adamantly.
"I'm not coaching next season," said Meyer.
Now cue the "He only said next season!" crowd. Which, honestly, isn't a crazy position to take. Personally I doubt that Meyer is done coaching, as it's been such a huge part of his life, and he's still young. Maybe he's going to take a year or two off to unwind and spend some time with his family, but sooner or later that itch is going to come back, and Urban is going to want to scratch it.
To me the question isn't so much will Meyer come back, but when and where.