I was trying to develop an idea for a blog about how Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer, who piloted the University of Utah's football team to an undefeated season in 2004 and its first BCS bowl afterward (the Utes beat the Pitt Panthers in the Fiesta Bowl), would feel about all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over his former team getting its share of the BCS glory again this year. I couldn't readily find any interviews with or other sources from Meyer on this question, but I ran across a more intriguing question, a question couched in a column by a Florida sports columnist.
On November 20, in a column by Pete Kerasotis on www.floridatoday.com titled "Notre Dame, Meyer seem like perfect fit," Kerasotis posits the question of whether Meyer could end up at the University of Notre Dame in the not-so-distant future. According to Kerasotis' column, more than once in the past, including in his authorized biography, Meyer has professed a love of Notre Dame, referring to the coaching job there as one of only three that "his wife has no veto power to block him from taking a job at." The other two are Ohio State and Michigan.
Kerasotis goes on to write, "Of those three, Meyer's self-proclaimed "dream job" -- his quote, not mine -- is Notre Dame, where he was once an assistant under Lou Holtz, spending five years with the Golden Domers. Meyer also spent the first two years of his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, where he earned his master's degree. He is an Ohio boy who grew up revering Woody Hayes."
Here is a link to Kerasotis' column:
Now, according to an Associated Press story picked up by CBS titled "Notre Dame keeps Weis, though season 'fell short,'" Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has decided to allow Charlie Weis to stay for his fifth year as head coach of the faltering Fighting Irish football program. While still qualifying for a bowl game after finishing the year 6-6, 2008 could not be characterized as anything less than miserable for the team and its fans. There likely is plenty of blame to go around, but a lot of it is rightfully settling on Weis' shoulders. I get the impression that 2009 may finally be the make-or-break for Weis. I have a hard time believing that if significant progress is not made, Swarbrick and ND alumni will be able to find much more patience with Weis. Even though he would still have six years left on a 10-year contract after next year, sufficient funds to buy him out would appear very, very quickly, if those funds aren't already in a bank vault somewhere, waiting for the call.
Here is a link to the referenced story:
For me, based on what is in Kerasotis' column, if Meyer is speaking truthfully in his biography and in other statements he has made, Notre Dame could be his next logical stop. Why not? Notre Dame alumni and fans would probably fall at Meyer's feet if he could produce nearly the success he has had at Utah and particularly at Florida. He is a fine coach and a fine recruiter and could be just the cure for what ails the Fighting Irish football program. Of course, Meyer signed a seven-year deal of his own with Florida in 2005, but it likely would be fairly easy for him to engineer the deal to head north if he really wanted to.
For more fabric, here is a link to the Wikipedia entry on Urban Meyer: