Florida football coach Urban Meyer resigns

Could Utah's Kyle Whittingham be his replacement?


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  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    I just read the article about Joe Cravens. Urban Meyer needs to have a long talk with him about what is really important in life.

    He might also want to talk to Lavell Edwards and Bronco Mendenhall about keeping real balance in his life. Truth be told, were it not for Coach Edwards' success at BYU in elevating the WAC and his reputation on the national front, Urban Meyer would never have taken the Utah job.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Coach Whit won't leave. But Chris Hill may have to open the check again.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    re: ute alumni | 6:24 p.m. Dec. 8, 2010

    BCS Trophies & Bowl record/winning percentage.

    Go Auburn!

  • yankee doodle Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    Guaranteed he coaches for the Bronco's next year where his son Tebow is playing. It's all about family he says....

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    re: Igualmente | 3:11 p.m. Dec. 8, 2010, So. Cal Reader | 3:35 p.m. Dec. 8, 2010, & KamUte | 4:02 p.m. Dec. 8, 2010.

    A friend speculated a reunion in Denver, Minneaoplis would a journalists dream, but, my guess is if Rodriguez is cannned in Ann Arbor that is where Urban coaches next.

    It was one of his 3 dream gigs.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    I thought last time Urban left a job that he was going to go play catch with his kid. Guessing that didn't happen.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    I Don't see coach Whit jumping. He's turned down jobs before and next year the Utes will be in the PAC 12 with all the rights and privileges that come with being in an AQ conference.

    He will do what's best for he and his family though. It would be hard to handle as a Ute fan for sure if he was offered and took the the job, but understandable.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    I suspect we'll see Urban coaching again, but it will be in a situation where the expectations aren't as sky high as the Florida job.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    St. Urban the 1st walking away. Who would have thought?

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Thank you, Urban, for what you did for Utah football.

    Enjoy the time with your family.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    You all don't get it! :) The return of Steve Spurrier is eminent!

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Whit's next job will be in the NFL. Mullen or Spurrier would be offered prior to Whit.

    If by chance he does leave, Utah would look at Petersen, Hoke, Gary Anbdersen or Mike Mccoy who is the OC for the Denver Broncos.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    If Florida invites Whittingham and he accepts, who will replace him? The chances are that whover replaces him won't be as good, or won't do as good of a job with that team.

    Whether or not Whit goes, I really don't know. $5 million is a lot of money, and money speaks pretty loudly.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 8, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    "The season ended with an embarrassing 31-7 victory to Florida State, Meyer's first loss to the rival Seminoles."
    FSU might be bad, but I wouldn't think a 31-7 "victory" over them would be considered embarrassing.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    Whittingham isn't going anywhere because he will never be offered that job not because he would turn it down. I fully expect him to release a statement in the next couple of days that says he is "taking myself out of consideration" which basicly means he has no chance to get the job and wants to try to pre-emptively save face.

    And kamute utah IS NOT a "coveted football coaching position" by anyone but small time coaches looking for a stepping stone. That is what meyer was when he took it and that is what whittingham was as well. No one is "coveting" that job LOL

  • ute alumni Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    When was the sec considered the best conference?

  • BamaFan Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    Coach Wittingham would be a perfect fit in Gainsville. I am sure the AD and President have him at the top of their short list. I am not sure what Kyle's personal/professional goals are but if getting the chance to take a top level SEC program is in his career path, the Florida opportunity is perfect. The monetary opportunity will be a huge increase not too mention great facilities, great recruiting and the ability to coach and compete in the best conference on football. If you get the chance Coach Wittingham, jump to the SEC.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    i don't think coach whittingham would take the florida job. going into that program at this time is like someone throwing a briefcase of $5 million dollars into a pack of hungry wolves and telling you to go get it. he's already turned down big bucks in the SEC twice.

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    Too bad, So sad.

    No Tim, No Win.

    Urban gone, Ernesto done.

    Meyer Bye-Bye's, Pedraz Cries!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Meyer has his head and heart in the right place. Obviously something is wrong - health or family or both - and he is simply taking care of his priorities before its too late.

  • Tim Jones Bronx, NY
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    I wish Urban well where ever he goes or whatever he does. Us Utah fans owe him quite a bit of thanks for turning around our program.

  • Bethlehem Bob Bethlehem, pA
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Urban always takes care of Urban. A little R & R, sorting out options he has been thinking about for awhile and then a jump to more $,prestige and control. Its all about timing for him. He's at the center of the football world and it revolves around him. My guess he ends up in the NFL somewhere with a killer deal after some TV analyst time. Put $ on it!

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    Good point doughnutboy.

    Maybe its game-over for Urban. Lots of folks retire early after being workaholics or road warriors. Put in your 20 and get out of the game.

  • coachcarter Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    I'm betting that Coach Whit stays at Utah. I read a story a few days back that he turned down the Vanderbilt job.

    Urban should come back as the OC, that would be legit. Hope he enjoys time with his family and remains free of any major health concerns.

  • doughnutboy South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    Money in the bank...kick back and enjoy life. Why does someone always have to take something better than the job they are leaving? I love Scott Mitchell at Springville. We need more guys like that willing to coach at that level. Urban would be a great high school coach!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    The school President of Florida used to be the President of Utah. Kyle will get the call or the coach from Mississippi State. Urban will wait one year before headed back to Notre Dame. I believe that Kyle will remain loyal. Less stress, better place to live, a million is a lot of cash already. Already heading to a power conference and will eventually earn more cash. Utah is now a coveted football coaching position.

  • Utefan83 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    Bronco Mendenhall is a lock for this job. And Maxie Pad will retire to become the offensive coordinator. Mark my words, it'll happen.

  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    My guess is that we'll see him on ESPN. I think he's wise to step down while he's still (relatively close to being) on top. The program in Florida has lost some steam and I think his record would suffer further if he were to remain. Props to him for focusing on his family.

    I don't know if Florida is eying Coach Whit or not, but I've heard he may be in consideration for the Miami position. My guess is that he'll stay with Utah for at least 1 or 2 more seasons. After that, who knows?

  • Utah Alum Orem, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Florida would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Whittingham would be foolish to turn it down if he's offered the job.

    $4 to $5 million per year in a state with no personal income tax.

    The hang up with Tennessee was Whit couldn't bring his own assistants with him.

    If Florida allows him to choose his own staff, the decision would be a no-brainer.

    Utah's football future may be hanging by a thread with no starting QB and now possibly an entirely new coaching staff.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Yah, and Brett Favre announced his retirement again as well!! I'll believe this when I see it. He seemed to do fine with his "heart ailment" & "health issues" last this year after announcing his "resignation". Too much time between now and the Outback Bowl. But, IF, in fact, he is leaving, I'll put my money on Mullen!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Florida should go after Cris B.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Chris Petersen (Boise State) would all be good choices, however, my bet's on Mullen for the job.

    For Florida, Dan is a known commodity and could step in to the position and they wouldn't miss a beat. Bring anyone else in and Florida would likely suffer another down year as the team adjusts to a new coach's offensive and defensive sets.

  • Wldflwr Lehi, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    Maybe Utah can get Urban to come and coach their basketball team.

  • IndependentLiberal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    Urban can never go to the NFLway to dictatorial in his styleif he treated professionals the way he treated the college playersthere would be insurrection all around!

  • CougarClassic Orem, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Any 24/7 job will take its toll. ahhh, winning, winning, winning. At what expense?

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    My goodness. I hope Urban does not do a Michael Jordan or Brett Favre and keep retiring only to come back......

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Where is Urban heading to? Where do you go after Florida, the SEC, and the pinnacle of college football? He passed on Notre Dame once before, and they just got a new guy.

    Is Urban going NFL?

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Dan Mullen will be wearing the visor in Gainesville next year.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    Peterson out of BSU may get a look.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Whit would be a natural pick and the best candidate available.

    I think he'll be loyal and tell them no thanks though.