FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- How big is this game? Urban Meyer needed a security detail to go to the bathroom Wednesday morning at the Marriott Harbor Beach.
A man's gotta go when he's gotta go. The security team led Meyer through a mob of reporters after a press conference. No word on whether the coach did an Associated Press ranking (No. 1) or a coaches poll ranking (No. 2).
• Meyer is all for his former school, Utah, lobbying for the No. 1 ranking. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham, along with Texas' Mack Brown, said he will defy the American Football Coaches Association edict and vote their team No. 1.
"That's absolutely what they should do," Meyer said. "I've got news. (If) I'm representing the University of Florida, and I'm an employee of the University of Florida and I represent my players, most of all I'm going to fight like a dog to take care of them.
"I made a comment two years ago that the University of Florida belonged in the national championship game ... I was lobbying. I simply said that we belonged in the game. More importantly, I love my players and represent my players. You don't really understand the whole mechanics, investment and passion that these coaches have."• Meyer on a playoff: "I think at some points it might happen now. I didn't believe that a few years ago, but I feel now the discussion is out of control."
• Bravo to BC AD Gene DeFilippo who told Jeff Jagodzinski to hit the road after he interviewed with the Jets. Sure it's a bold move but coaches still need to be accountable to their bosses. I wish more ADs were like Filippo.
It reminds me of 1989 when Bill Frieder was going to leave Michigan for Arizona State. Bo Schembechler told Frieder to hit the road and elevated Steve Fischer. All Fischer did was lead the Wolverines to the national championship game.• They're being a little presumptuous in the Tulsa airport.