Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meyer Isn't Bound for Washington

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meyer Isn't Bound for Washington

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

The position of Utah football coach Urban Meyer as the favorite to land the Florida job only grew stronger last week when his wife, Shelley, who likes living out West, indicated that she isn't enthralled with moving to Seattle for her husband to fill the University of Washington vacancy, a source close to Utah athletics told the Times-Union.

While Utah is hopeful of keeping Meyer, the feeling there is he won't turn down the UF job to wait on possible future openings at Notre Dame or Michigan. Utah athletic director Chris Hill is also making provisions for Meyer's possible exit, asking offensive coordinator Mike Sanford to hold off on accepting any head coaching job (he's a finalist at UNLV).

Look for Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley to call Meyer shortly after the Utes' last game next Saturday against BYU to gauge his interest in the Gators. At the moment, Washington has the only other major college vacancy. Utah has a lot to consider if UF and Meyer are serious about hooking up. The Utes are on track for a possible Fiesta Bowl berth, easily the biggest game in school history. If Meyer wants the UF job, would he still coach Utah in a bowl game or turn that over to his successor?

Nothing will be said publicly until the end of the season, but it's clear behind the scenes that Utah is already trying to prepare for a worse-case scenario. . . .

The other young, hot coach who may be a factor in the UF derby if he so desires is California's Jeff Tedford. Nobody in the country has done a better job in rapidly ascending a program. Throw in the fact he has developed five quarterbacks into NFL first-round draft picks, and is working on a sixth in Aaron Rodgers, and it's obvious he's worth pursuing. . . . It looks like Tiger Woods has the same problem as Ron Zook. …

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