The opinion of Urban Meyer in the state of Florida remains conflicted. While the coach took the Gators’ football program to an elite status–winning two national championships–many feel he was disloyal in “retiring” and accepting the Ohio State job a year later.
Meyer’s opinion of Florida remains high. The 49-year-old coach, speaking at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit on Thursday, called his 2008 national champion Gators’ squad “the best to ever play the game.”
Meyer’s full quote, courtesy of Buckeye Sports Bulletin:
“Once again, I know some of you won state championships. I’ve been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in ’08 (at Florida). And that was (because) animal instincts took over on the field. They protected each other. What he said is, ‘Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal… you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”
The 2008 Florida Gators went 13-1, beating Oklahoma, 24-14, in the BCS National Championship Game. The team, led by Meyer, had Dan Mullen as its offensive coordinator and Charlie Strong as its defensive coordinator. Tim Tebow, a junior that season, was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, while four other Gators were first-team All-SEC players.