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Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:40 am

Forget all this nonsense about Will Muschamp going to Auburn, the biggest news of Friday morning was Urban Meyer's comments. He told a Miami radio station that Notre Dame is still his dream job.

(Sideways cocked head like a dog that has just been shown a card trick)


That should do wonders for Florida recruiting. Or maybe I was right when I suggested Notre Dame is waiting to make a coaching change on the chance it can shake Meyer loose from Florida.

--Jim Grobe's name has surfaced in the Auburn interview process.

The Wake Forest coach is in the midst of a 10-year contract. He talked to Nebraska last season before the school hired Bo Pelini. The question is, who hasn't interviewed on The Plains? As soon as Ball State coach Brady Hoke's name was attached to the job, he emerged on a list of finalists at San Diego State. A Mobile, Ala. Fox station reported that Will Muschamp is going to be the new coach at Auburn. Wrong!

--How is George O'Leary able to recruit?

That's the first question after Central Florida kept his job Thursday despite another player collapsing. It's never a good thing when your bosses hire an NCAA troubleshooter (for a pretty penny, no doubt) to review training methods. I love the line in this story where it is described that Central Florida interviewed 40 athletes and staff members about Brandon Davis' collapse. It couldn't talk to Davis, though, because he is still in the hospital.

Yeah, you might want to get his side of the story.

--Syracuse apparently has hired someone named Doug Marrone from the Saints. I'm sure he's a fine man and we know he is a Syracuse alum. But on the surface, the Cuse just traded a hot (at the time) NFL defensive coordinator for a hot NFL offensive coordinator.

The clock is offically ticking on AD Daryl Gross.  


Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 6:14 am


Meyer's "dream job" comment has created a buzz around the Gator Nation. Has also brought to light some insights that have not been previously publicized. Link:




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:17 am

Beggars can't be choosers

I think a lot of fans don't know what to think of this hire. High profile guys like Skip Holtz turned the job down. Turner Gill was courted by Auburn, so if you're getting interest from the SEC, why go to Syracuse? Doug Marrone was seemingly the only guy in the coaching search who really wanted this job. In the press conference, he called it a "dream job...the greatest day of my life." He's a Syracuse grad from New York City with ties in the northeast. That's the most important part. You have to keep in mind, you're coaching in the Big East. All you need to do is make in-roads in the recruiting that UConn and Rutgers stole from Syracuse this decade, and you're a conference title contender in four years. That's how awful the Big East is. Marrone has ties to the recruiting in the northeast. Sometimes, when you've hit rock bottom, you don't have the luxury of picking whoever you want.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:46 pm


I have no problem with Coach Myer stating his comments on the air.  Shoot.  Salaries are escalating.  If he is lucky enough, fortunate enough, to win this year's NC ( and with our OC, with all intents and regards, going to be absent ), then it's renegotiation time.....

I myself have had Walter Mitty moments in life.  Doesn't mean I followed through.....

But it's sure to rile up the ND fan base   

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:55 pm


Tubberville resigned.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:48 pm


The operative phrase is "dream job".  Meyer has always made it clear that in his mind Notre Dame is the pinnacle of all coaching jobs in college football.  All others (Florida, USC, Michigan, Texas, OU, etc.), while great jobs, pale in comparison.   Whether that is a fair or accurate statement of Notre Dame's current standing in the pantheon of elite college programs is debatable but as a Gator fan I respect that it is Meyer's opinion of the value of the Notre Dame job. 

Notre Dame is a "dream job" because it doesn't really exist (at least in the way than any coach who has visions of regularly competing for BCS national championships would want the job to exist).  If, in some unlikely future Notre Dame chooses to loosen its academic standards and allow its football program to compete on even footing with other national powerhouses for blue chip athletes and they decide that Meyer is still their "dream coach" then I could see him leaving Florida and taking the reins at ND.  Of course I think that scenario is only slightly more probable than a scenario where Meyer takes the field riding a unicorn so I'm not too worried about him leaving Gainesville for South Bend any time soon.

Methinks Dodd is trying to look for smoke where there is no fire.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:32 pm

Urban and Tebow will stay

One more year in Gainseville together. Then Urban will accept the Mega millions from Notre Dame.

Allbarn deserves all the disrespect they can get and more over the firing of Tommy Tuberville. No successful winning

HEAD coach would want to work for the three pricks(AD, Prez, and Lowden).

Here's to Allbarn going 0-12 next year.




Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:28 pm


NO...we are NOT happy!  We wanted GILL from Buffalo.  Not another guy who has never been a head coach.  I cannot believe AD Daryl Gross messed this up...again!  In 3 years, we'll be kicking Gross out the door along with his buddy Marrone.   By then though, we probably won't even be D1, and we'll be looking to get on the schedules of Cortland and Ithaca!

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:08 pm

Syracuse fans....

Are you happy with this hire? Seems like they should have gone after someone a little more "high profile." Just curious.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:07 pm

Urban Stay Put!!!!!

Dear Urban,

Didn't Bobby Bowden look content and happy at the college football awards show last night. After spending all those years at FSU, and winning 2 titles he is being recognized as one of the greatest ever. You have a chance to win your 2nd title and it's only your 4th year in Gainesville. Imagine all the accolades they will be giving you when you are 79 and in your thirty-some-odd year of coaching the Gators. You might have 10 titles, and might be considered the greatest college coach ever.

I think it's prudent to suggest ND is still your dream job. Heck, well you are at it, tell the media you would like to try coaching in the NFL. Maybe even interview for some positions. We all know that by doing these things you can leverage an even bigger contract. Maybe Jeremy Foley will really open the wallet and give you a lifetime contract with an escalator clause that makes you the highest paid coach every year.

You can do all this, but please don't leave. You have a great job at a great school in a state with tons of talent. You have the support of the Gator Nation fully on your side. Notre Dame is a has been program. They haven't won anything since Lou Holtz was in command. Who wants to play in crap weather, have every loss disected for hours on TV, and have to have their games broadcast on NBC. You get to play in the SEC, you never have to leave the southeast, and you can always be known as the guy who did what Spurrier did, only better.

I know as long as Florida keeps winning, there will be rumors every year, assistant coaches will leave for head coaching positions, and the NFL will come begging, but heck, Gainesville loves you and you don't need to go anywhere.

Gator Lover #348390849038

PS - If you lose to Oklahoma I'm starting a campaign to have you fired. Hey I said I was a fan, I never said I was loyal or smart!! (joke)

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:52 am


From my recollection, Urban has said this a couple times including his initial press conference at Florida.   Florida fans should have nothing to worry about, though.   

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