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Urban totally worn out in final press conference

Urban Meyer is worn out.  That was clear during this evening's press conference. 

Here's what Coach Meyer had to say:

“I made the decision just yesterday.”

“Last year was a knee-jerk reaction.  This year was completely different.  I think I’m doing what’s best for UF, our players, and my family.”

“At the end of the day, I’m convinced you’ll be judged how you are as a husband and father.  When we got here, I made a commitment that we (my family) would graduate from the same high school.”

“I talked to a handful of them (recruits).  I’ll make some more calls tonight.  Florida is Florida.” 

“I’m sure the coaching candidates will be fantastic.”

(says he put in as much time this year than in any year in the past) “As much.  To say there wasn’t a scare, that would be incorrect, but that’s not the reason for this press conference today.”

(On what went into this decision) “Family discussions.” 

(on if it hurts going out after a 7-5 record) “It does.  I’m not sure we gave them our best this year.”

“I met with them (players) today at 2 o’clock.  For the most part, they are very gracious.  I want to send them out winners against Penn State.”

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate what this university has done for me and my family.”

“To see my daughter sign an NLI with Florida Gulf Coast and I haven’t even seen the school yet.  I’m going to see that school.”

“I’m going to try to be a Gator Ball (Little League) assistant baseball coach this spring.”


Mike Leach: That's probably not the worst idea

As you probably know, millionaire Donald Trump is encouraging Miami (FL) president Donna Shalala to hire Mike Leach.

Trump wrote a letter to Shalala reading, "You made a big mistake when you did not take my advice and hire Mike Leach of Texas Tech ... and you can now get him for the right price."

This afternoon, radio host Paul Finebaum asked Leach, “Can’t Donald Trump buy the University of Miami and then hire you?”

The often colorful Leach joked, “That’s probably not the worst idea.  I hadn’t thought about it.  If that happens, you will be a full-time consultant for any endeavor I’m involved with.” 

The former Texas Tech head coach went on to say, “I don’t think anyone has accomplished more with less than me and my staff did at Texas Tech.”

Last week, Leach said, “We would win national championships.”

Let’s hope Coach Leach lands somewhere soon!

Urban Meyer explains decision to step down

Moments ago, Florida put out a press release.

Urban Meyer stated, “I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”

Athletic director Jeremy Foley said, “It’s so much different that it was a year ago,’’ Foley said. “He went through some tremendous issues a year ago. But I see his face now and I see the peacefulness. He’s totally at peace with the decision. He certainly has given every fiber of his body to this university. I’ve seen it every day. The results speak for themselves, but to get those results, how do they happen? That guy has given everything he had to this university.

“It was just time. He wants to spend more time with his family. He’s got daughters who play college volleyball; he’s got a son who is growing up. Urban loves his family. When all is said and done, he loves us, he loves the Gators, he loves football, he loves his players, but his world revolves around his family. I think more than anything else that was the impetus for this.’’


3 finalists announced for DFO of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Director of Football Operations of the Year award were released this morning.

See the finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the DFO of the Year award were presented to Tom Deahn (Temple, 2009). 

Wannstedt: Let's go have a team meeting

One year ago, Dave Wannstedt led Pitt to three consecutive wins over ranked opponents to move to 10-1.  At that time, Wannstedt was 34-24 as the head coach of the Panthers in 5 seasons.

The Panthers then lost their final two regular season games, a 19-16 defeat to West Virginia and a 45-44 loss to Cincinnati.  (Last time we checked, both were pretty darn solid programs).

After defeating UNC in the Meineke Car Care Bowl game, Wannstedt agreed to a new contract through the 2014 season.

In the crazy world of the coaching profession, today, Dave Wannstedt is no longer the head coach at his alma mater.  After a 7-5 season, Wannstedt “resigned” yesterday.

Shortly thereafter, Wannstedt stood behind a podium and uttered a one sentence statement before turning to his players and saying, “Let’s go have a team meeting.”

AD Steve Pederson, who hired Bill Callahan at Nebraska, offered a weak explanation when asked if Wannstedt could have returned next season as head coach.  Pederson said, “Well, the conversations that we had are between Dave and I, and only Dave and I were in those conversations. And I think we both arrived at that conclusion."

What a crazy profession!

Text goes out about Muschamp and Miami (FL)

While the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis tore through the New York Jets last night, we sent out a text to 25 current college coaches.

“Why can’t Miami (FL) AD Kirby Hocutt figure out that he needs to offer the job to Muschamp?”

The responses we received included:

“Brilliant thought.”

“Good point.”

“Just thinking the same thing.  He has no buyout in his UT contract.”

“He would win big.”

“Yep…UGA and LSU aren’t coming open soon.”

“Muschamp would be HUGE down there.”

“Can’t figure that out either.  Hey, what’s going on at Kent State?” 

“Not sure.  I’m on the road recruiting in Colorado.  Keep me updated on what’s going on.”

"Is Muschamp in New York?  Hell, the AD said WHATEVER IT TAKES. Lol, I read that on footballscoop."

“I keep hearing Tubs is in it.  What do you hear?”

“Imagine their defense with Muschamp as the head coach!!”

“I don’t know, but I’ve got to get outta here.  We have no clue what we’re doing recruiting.”

“He needs to hire me if he gets the job.”

"Call you later.  What's up with Syracuse special teams job?"

"This profession is messed up.  I don't know but he would do great."

"Summy in it?"

"Mus is waiting on Tulane!!! LOL."

At this point, it doesn’t appear that Mack Brown will be retiring any time soon.  Muschamp’s contract states that if he becomes the head coach in 2011, his salary would be $2.25 million.  If he becomes the head coach in 2012, his salary would be $2.5 million.  Muschamp has no buyout clause in his contract.

Finalists announced for Defensive Backs Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award were presented to Tim Billings (Wake Forest, 2008) and Everett Withers / Troy Douglas (North Carolina, 2009). 

Kevin Wilson explains plan for Indiana at introductory presser

Kevin Wilson has signed a 7-year contract worth $1.2 million per year as the new head coach at Indiana. Just moments ago, Wilson wrapped up his introductory press conference. 

Here are some of Wilson's quotes:

“Win the day.  That will be one of our themes. We’re going to win on a daily basis.” 

“We are going to be tough.  We’re going to be physical.  You win the Big Ten and win championships by playing great defense.” 

“I think it’s a natural transition for me.  We’re ready to give you guys a program you can have a lot of pride in.” 

“I need to give our team some direction.”

“It will be Coach Stoops’ call on the bowl game.  He’ll make that decision.  Coach Stoops is going to do what’s best for Oklahoma and for those guys to win that bowl game.”

“I’m going to take some time (putting staff together) because we do have time and we have to get it right.  To have a strong person there (defensive coordinator) will be important.”

“To speculate (on assistants)…you can because I don’t have a clue.”

“I’m going round and round on that (play calling).  We’ll see who we have as a guy directing the offense.  I will have a strong vision in that.  No matter who our play caller is, I have a pretty good vision for what we want to do.”

“I don’t have a clue yet as if I will call plays.  I don’t know if I’m comfortable as a play caller from the sideline so we’ll see how that goes.”

“We will win as a group.  If we put together the right staff, I’ll look like I’m doing a good job.”

Post presser remarks with Big Ten Network: “I would start with both (spread and 2-back) because I think there is some element of spread you have to have to throw the ball, but to play great defense you have to go against 2-backs in practice.  To win in the Big Ten, our defense will have to go against 2-back and bring toughness, so we’ll have some of that.”