Jeremy Foley wishes Urban Meyer good luck

By Adam Silverstein
November 28, 2011

Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley released a statement Monday regarding Urban Meyer‘s decision to become the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

“We will always be indebted to Urban Meyer and his contributions to the University of Florida. He elevated our program, winning multiple national championships and made a strong impact in this community. Over the past 11 months, he has clearly had an opportunity to determine that now is the right time to return to coaching.

“He is good for college football and we knew he would return to the sidelines to coach again. We wish nothing but the best for him and his family as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.”

Foley and Meyer became close friends during the latter’s tenure as head coach of the Gators. Foley said upon Meyer’s resignation that he expected him to return to college football at some point and would not have any hard feelings should he choose to do so.

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  1. MG says:

    What do you expect Foley to say. Bet you he is pissed. Went out of his way to help Meyer and he got burned.

  2. Jnick says:

    Living in Ohio makes this so much worse. I didn’t think seeing Urban as Ohio States coach would bother me. But it does… It REALLY does. I like others remember his comments when leaving less than a year ago, and although he did great things for us here I cannot help but feel betrayed.

  3. Cline says:

    Go gators!

  4. SaraGator says:

    Jeremy is a class act!

  5. Ken (CA) says:

    From a good article by Mark Schlebach on ESPN, just what a lot of people have been thinking (although I know people don’t take stock in recruiting rankings, the last couple of classes at UF were supposed to be giant, the kids leaving didnt help, though)

    Others at Florida aren’t so sure that was the reason, especially now that Meyer is jumping back into coaching so soon.

    “He knew what was coming,” a person close to the Florida program said. “He looked at the schedule and knew what we had coming back [as far as talent]. He didn’t want to hurt his legacy.”

    Meyer didn’t leave much behind for new Florida coach Will Muschamp. Privately, Muschamp has told people he was shocked at the level of talent he inherited. Muschamp, a former Texas defensive coordinator, finished 6-6 in his first season as a head coach.

    When adversity struck, Meyer walked out the door

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      No – he didn’t walk – he RAN away….

      • Gatorgrad79 says:

        …and if he raids the Gator coaching staff, he’s really a lyin’ sack of s__t.

        • Joe says:

          I think there are some of Urban’s leftover coaches that Muschamp wouldn’t be sorry to see leave. He kept them to help with the transition but clearly they are part of the “We are a soft football team” problem. It’s now time to let Muschamp make this program his, his coaches and his players and then he will have to answer for the results.

          • scooterp says:

            Really??? You’re NUTZ if you want to defend the current coach who brought us the worst season of Gator Football over the one who gave us the greatest era we’ve ever had. I somewhat understand the feeling from most that felt burned with Meyer signing on at OSU – but to somehow twist this god awful season into Urban destroying the program – you’re out of your mind!

          • Ken (CA) says:

            worst season ever? You must be pretty young. Other than a few seasons here or there, look at just about any random season pre 1983. A founding member of the SEC, we didn’t even win our first conference title until 1991, we were a laughing stock for years and years. Bear Bryant was one of the few that ever saw the promise in UF early on. His comment was something along the lines of “If they ever find the right coach they are a sleeping monster”. Finally we did a couple of times in Spurrier and Meyer. I had hi hopes for Muschamp, liked his early rhetoric, didn’t like at all his bringing in Weis, but not a horrible choice, just not a Weis fan. Hopefully Muschamp will do better, but from beginning to end this season, I didn’t see a team that was improving mentally or physically, which doesn’t bode well for molding young men with talent into actual players.

  6. Mark says:

    We should all feel like Foley. Let’s be classy.

    Instead of sounding like whiny babies

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