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Urban Meyer misses coaching "terribly", but expects Gators to be "one of most underrated teams"



Florida coach Urban Meyer admitted today that it's going to be tough on him next week when college football season kicks off and he's in a booth wearing a suit, rather than on the sidelines wearing an Orange and Blue shirt and khaki pants.

But the former Florida coach said people may really be underestimating the Gators, in his humble opinion.

"I think Florida is going to be one of the most underrated teams that come out,'' Meyer said Thursday during a national ESPN teleconference. "I think they’re loaded. The offensive line, and if John Brantley gets some help at receiver and if the running backs stay healthy, I think they’ll be really good. The defense will be outstanding with those young defensive linemen.''

Meyer said he has spent some time with new Florida coach Will Muschamp, and believes he has things going in the right direction. As for Meyer's direction? That remains to be seen.

"I'm in a little bit of an evaluation stage in my life now,'' he said. "I'm trying not to look too far in advance. There's a big part of me hopes that I love what I'm doing. I enjoy witnessing some of the things of my kids growing up, but I do miss coaching, too, very badly. So I don't know. I'm not going to evaluate until it's time to evaluate.''

Meyer begins his first season as an ESPN analyst on Sept. 3. He and Chris Spielman will call the Akron-Ohio State game.

For now, he believes he made the right decision.

"My two daughters are starting Division IA volleyball  players, so tomorrow I’m going to go watch her (Gigi) play twice, then one on Saturday. And my wife’s going to be at Georgia Tech watching the other one (Nicki) start. And I get to watch seven of eight of my son’s football games this year. So that part overweighs the sincere missing of coaching. I miss it horribly but it’s the right time to do what I’m doing, and that’s working at ESPN and watching my kids play.''

[Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:56pm]


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