Claiming health and family as the reasons, Urban Meyer announced he is resigning as the Gator coach after the Sugar Bowl. He said he will stay involved at the university and also remain in Gainesville.
When Rick Pitino resigned at UK after the 1997 season I was hitting balls on the driving range and somebody asked kind of sarcastically, what would UK do without Pitino. I looked at them and said point blank, Pitino will not be the last coach to win a title at UK. Of course little did I know that Tubby would win one for us the very next year.
Florida football certainly doesn't have the pedigree that UK basketball does, but I feel comfortable that Urban Meyer won't be the last coach to win a title for the Gator football program. It is without a doubt one of the top college jobs in the country along with Oklahoma, USC, Texas, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, and I guess Notre Dame.
Kentucky basketball has been competitive for 70 years where Florida football has been very strong for only about 20 years. There are a few reasons Florida was able to turn the football program around. The first thing the school did was to start raising money for the football program. Charlie Pell gets the credit for that according to the well informed Gators that I know. But the biggest thing that happened for them was the population explosion that happened in the state. Steve Spurrier was a good selection to eventually lead the program but in my opinion it was also a good thing that he chose to leave. Of course the Ron Zook fiasco was similar to the BG era for us. Then here comes Urban Meyer and you know what he has accomplished.
I am not sure who is going to get the Florida job, but Mullin looks very attractive to me. It won't be Strong in my opinion, but Stoops might finally be ready to leave Oklahoma and come back to Florida. It is kind of nice to see Tebow and Meyer gone though.