Just when Charlie Weis was starting to feel safe for the next year, Florida coach Urban Meyer goes and torpedoes his holiday shopping spree. After all, when the most successful college football coach of the past three years says he really wants your job, that can’t improve job security, can it? Short answer: No. Longer answer: Nooooooo, not at all.
(Don’t expect this man to wear headsets in Florida forever.)
If you don’t believe Meyer, well, take a gander at the quote itself, which came from an interview he did with South Florida radio station 560 WQAM, via the ORLANDO SENTINEL: “(coaching Notre Dame is) still my dream job; that hasn’t changed”
Sounds pretty straight forward, doesn’t it? Well, there’s a catch: Meyer won’t make any kind of a move to South Bend until his kids are done with school in the Gainesville area. Well, a little further inspection only makes that stipulation even more intriguing.
One of Meyer’s daughters — Nicki — is graduating from high school and heading to play volleyball at Georgia Tech this year. His son is only 10, but after Nicki and her sister Gigi (currently 15 and a high school sophomore) graduate, only Nathan will be around, which means that Meyer is, at most, eight years away from being able to jump ship to the Fighting Irish.
(If he didn’t have to watch Nicki, right, Meyer might already be in South Bend.)
Not that it will take that long, of course. Meyer’s wife, Shelley, has “no veto power” over Meyer’s ability to accept three college jobs, including Notre Dame. And there’s no way she would fight nearly as hard to keep him in Florida after both her daughters graduate, particularly with a potential massive, massive pay day on the horizon from the Golden Domers if he wanted it.
“Once my kids are done, maybe some day I’ll go coach there,” Meyer said. “I don’t know that. That’s way down the road. Being a father and being able to recruit the best athletes in America within a 5-hour radius of my home, that’s why I came to Florida. I thought we could have a great chance at success.”
Great chance at success has turned out to be quite the understament, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be content forever. In this article from FLORIDA TODAY, Sports Columnist Pete Kerasotis reached out to one of Meyer’s closest contacts, the author Buddy Martin, who wrote Meyer’s biography “Urban’s Way”. Martin not only made it clear that Meyer is committed to a long-term love with the Fighting Irish, but also that he couldn’t possibly see Meyer coaching at Florida past the remainder of his current contract, which runs for five more years.