Urban Meyer clearly laid down roots in Ohio, whether he is actually done coaching or does take one of the many jobs he's been rumored or connected to. He still has plenty of affection for his stop before Ohio State as well: the Florida Gators.
This weekend, Florida plays what is probably its biggest game of the regular season. Obviously, beating Auburn was huge, and the loss to LSU is impactful, but if it can knock off Georgia in Jacksonville, Dan Mullen's team will be the clear favorite in the SEC East.
Run the table from there, and score an upset of Alabama or LSU, and the Gators are almost definitely College Football Playoff-bound. It is a longshot, but crazier things have happened in college football.
Ahead of that massive rivalry game, likely the biggest one on the docket for this weekend, Meyer had a message for his former team: "Go Gators, beat those Dawgs."
There is definitely some lingering resentment from some Florida fans towards Meyer, for how he left things. Meyer resigned from Florida citing health issues, before returning to the sport just one year later to coach Ohio State. The post-Meyer years have been rough for Florida. Will Muschamp made a Sugar Bowl, but won just four games and lost to an FCS team a year later. He was fired after a middling 2014 campaign. Jim McElwain was off to a good start, with 19 wins through two seasons to start his campaign, along with a pair of SEC East titles. The wheels came off quickly though, and he was fired seven games into 2017. Now Mullen, Urban Meyer's longtime quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at a number of stops, including Florida, seems to have things back on track, although these things can come undone quickly, as Florida has seen. The fact that the program went back to the Meyer tree after going for defense in Muschamp, and a former Nick Saban assistant in McElwain, is definitely notable. [
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