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Following Krzyzewski's advice, Urban Meyer content to step back and rely on his staff



Florida coach Urban Meyer said Friday that he talked with several coaches to help navigate the best way to handle his leave of absence, including Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

Krzyzewski missed 19 games during the 1995 season and had hip replacement surgery in 1999 (left hip) and 2002 (right hip).

Meyer said he visited Krzyzewski in North Carolina, but mostly relied on the advice of his closest friends. What he did learn from the longtime Duke coach is that the most important thing is your support group.

"I think the biggest thing I learned from him is that he surrounded himself with a little pack of people that he really trusts,'' Meyer said. "If you look at his staff, they are all former players, and he can do that because it’s such a small staff. But that’s important. Get that little foxhole mentality with guys that care about you and you care about them.''

Meyer spoke with the media on Friday for only the second time since spring practice began on March 17 and said right now it's tough to see major progress.

"There’s no continuity,'' he said. "The offensive line is all banged up, the defensive line we don’t have (Lawrence) Marsh and (Terron) Sanders in there. And there’s so many young players. This will be the biggest offseason (for UF) as far as development. We’ve got to get these freshmen ready to play. Last year we had 22 back on defense and this year, it doesn’t seem like any.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:47pm]


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