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Two Years Ago, Urban Meyer Thought It Would Be a "Travesty" and "Ridiculous" To Coach Another Team

Urban Meyer, Dec. 27, 2009, at a Sugar Bowl Press Conference:

Q. Can you just talk about the sheer emotion of walking away from a school that’s driven you, and then the emotion when you decided to let the door be cracked for a return?

COACH URBAN MEYER: A very emotional day, not knowing that crack is still there.  I don’t know that door is still there.  But what I didn’t want to have happen, and I made this clear to Jeremy, if I am able to go coach, I want to coach at one place, the University of Florida.  It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach.  I don’t want to do that.  I have too much love for this University and these players and for what we’ve built.

You may recall that these Meyer comments came during the craziest week of his coaching career – two days earlier he “quit”; on the morning of the 27th, before flying to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, Meyer told his team he was coming back, but would be taking a leave of absence.

I know, I know … coaches lie, because if they don’t, they’ll get demolished on the recruiting trail by unscrupulous competitors. That being said … Go Michigan! [H/T: David M]

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