Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Gators Win Great, but Coach Should Stay Retired

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Smackdown; Gators Win Great, but Coach Should Stay Retired

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Byline: Eric Corbett

Anybody think Cincinnati is ready for the SEC? Didn't think so. I guess I cannot strut and crow too much since I did not predict a blow out. But then again, no one could have predicted just how well we were going to play given the distractions leading up to the game as well as the general dissatisfaction of playing in the Sugar Bowl instead of the BCS title game in Pasadena, Calif.

However, the Gators managed to rally around the seniors, and Tim Tebow himself turned in his best game ever as a quarterback against a highly ranked opponent. The Gators won going away 51-24 over the Cincinnati Bearcats, and Tebow torched the Bearcats for 482 passing yards and another 51 on the ground to set a Sugar Bowl record of 533 total yards. Had he managed that sort of game against Alabama, he'd be in Pasadena as I type and would have another Heisman in his overstuffed trophy case.

As important as the victory was for the seniors and for the program, it pales in comparison to what led up to the game, namely Urban Meyer's resignation the day after Christmas for health reasons and then his reversal the following day. Instead, he's decided to take an indefinite leave of absence to see if he'll be able to change his work habits enough to allow his health to improve.

We Gator fans now have to wonder, given his condition, if he's staying too long (sound familiar 'Nole fans?), or if his decision to return to the program is the greatest Gator comeback of all time.

As much as I respect, admire and appreciate Urban, I think I'd have preferred that he stay retired. Basically, that's because I thought he retired for the right reasons - health, family and faith. Now that we know what we know about him, I'd prefer he not coach at all if he is going to work himself to death. I for one would not want to be cheering in the stands only to see him clutch his chest at some game in the future, and go to that great end zone in the sky. …

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