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Reaction to Urban Meyer's resignation as Florida Gators football coach

"I don't think anytime soon. But he's 46 years old, and he's pretty darn good at what he does. To me, it's like great bands shut down for awhile, and then they come back, because that's what they do. Would I be stunned if he coached again? No. But I don't think that's happening. I can see now if some job comes up in three weeks and everybody thinks that's Urban's job. That ain't happening. He's good. I know people want to talk about health, but it's not. This is good for him. Real good for him."

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on whether he believes Meyer will coach again

"I believe he will coach again some day, but if he doesn't, he will go down as one of the best coaches in college football history."

Steve Spurrier, former Florida coach and current South Carolina coach

"(My favorite memory is) the '08 championship game. That last drive, we went down to score. He looked us all in the eyes and told us, 'You go down and score, we'll be national champions.' "

UF center Mike Pouncey

"My (favorite memory) was in the national championship when I caught the interception. I thought he was going to kill me when he asked did I catch it on the sidelines, all in my face grilling me if I caught the ball or not. Even if I didn't, I would have still told him."

Ahmad Black, UF strong safety

"It was the opportunity of a lifetime to play for a man who will be remembered as one of the greatest football coaches of all time. But Coach Meyer was more than just a coach to me. … He was a father figure who cared about me as a person and taught me valuable lessons that I will never forget."

Tim Tebow, former Gators quarterback and current rookie with Denver Broncos

"I'm still committed, and I really don't see myself changing my decision yet or anytime soon. I don't know what plans they have for me, but right now, I'm committed. It really just hit me. It was pretty unexpected."

Tampa Catholic FB/LB Hunter Joyer, who committed in June to the Gators and still plans to sign with Florida in February

"Thanks Coach Meyer for all that (you) have done for me in the (five years I've) been here. (You) truly made me a better person on and off the field!"

Terron Sanders, Florida defensive tackle on Twitter

"Urban is just like a brother to me. We've always had a great relationship. He's a competitor. He's a great football coach."

Charlie Strong, former Florida defensive coordinator now head coach at Louisville

"Urban has been a tremendous ambassador for college football, and the sport will certainly miss him. He has been a great mentor and friend to me throughout my career, and I hope he's able to enjoy time with his family."

Dan Mullen, former Florida offensive coordinator now head coach at Mississippi State

"Urban was hired because of his commitment to excellence, because of his integrity and his commitment to his players. And in every dimension, he has exceeded everything we could have hoped for. ... He took us to a new level, a level that will maybe be reached again but never exceeded."

UF president Bernie Machen

"I'm praying for him and what he's going through, though I'm sure he felt this is what was best for him and his family. I hope he's at peace with his decision."

USF coach Skip Holtz, a longtime friend of Meyer's

"It caught me completely off guard. Our first thoughts are for Urban and his family. Urban's an outstanding coach who's had great success and done an outstanding job at the University of Florida. As coaches, you always want your own to be in good health because we know what this job entails. Our prayers go out to him and his family."

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher

"The world of college football will miss Urban. He did a great job at Florida. Now he's making decisions that are probably exactly what he needs to be doing."'

Pete Carroll, former USC coach now with the NFL's Seahawks

Times staff writers Antonya English, Eduardo A. Encina and Greg Auman and correspondent Tyler Jett contributed to this report, which also includes material from the Associated Press and the Orlando Sentinel.

Reaction to Urban Meyer's resignation as Florida Gators football coach 12/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 10:52pm]
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