Meyer To Wife, Kids: “Sorry, God Checked Down”

In his press conference today to discuss his decision to reverse course and return as head coach at the Univ. of Florida as soon as this fall, one offhand comment by Urban Meyer about when he told his family of his latest choice might’ve indicated his actual priorities throughout the 48 hour ordeal.


During the presser, Meyer listed his priorities in order to the media as, “father, husband, coach,” characterized his family as “very close,” and said, “if you put business before God and family, you’ve got a problem.”

(Meyer’s wife to ORLANDO SENTINEL this morning)

Yet at the same press conference he indicated that he didn’t tell his wife and children about his returning as UF coach until he “pulled them aside before they got on the plane.”

Urban Meyer's daugher Nikki Got her dad back for a whole day

(From Pete Thamel of NEW YORK TIMES)

In other words, they were probably among the last to know.

At least they aren’t alone. Meyer’s father Bud didn’t know his son had quit as Florida coach until a media member informed him last night.

During the same presser, Meyer was asked what one thing had the most impact on his change of heart. Meyer’s response? The Gator players.

Earlier today, I posted a text from Shelley Meyer to the ORLANDO SENTINEL. When asked by the newspaper if her husband might change his mind about quitting, Meyer responded with, “no chance.”

Meyer did say today that his decision to take a leave of absence was partly wife Shelley’s idea. But if that’s true, wouldn’t you think she’d have been among the first to know?

It’s clear that Meyer himself has gotten quite confused the longer this ordeal has gone, but his constant carping about putting family first is off-putting when considering the now-admitted origin of his change of heart.