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Friday, July 17, 2009
One more take on Meyer and Notre Dame

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Heard enough about Urban Meyer and Notre Dame?

Obviously, Meyer has. He's not going to Notre Dame (ever) and has shouted it from the mountaintops.

For what it's worth, I believe him. I think the only job that could lure him away from Florida is an NFL job.

Nonetheless, Andrea Adelson of The Orlando Sentinel has an excellent piece where she went back and dug up Meyer quotes just before he left Bowling Green for Utah and just before he left Utah for Florida.

"I was contacted by one, but I'm not interested. I love it here. We have a lot of work to do. That's the bottom line." -- Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer, 2002. Six days later, he was coach at Utah.

"All I keep saying is I plan on being the coach here at Utah." -- Utah coach Urban Meyer, 2004. Five days later, he was coach at the University of Florida.

The point here, and Adelson makes it well, is that coaches are never completely forthcoming about what their future plans are. Why should they be? Whatever they say is usually going to come back to haunt them, which is why it's best typically to say nothing.

More times than not, though, coaches say the worst possible thing.

Remember the old "I'm not going to be the coach at Alabama" line a month before Nick Saban became the coach at Alabama? In fairness, Saban has told me that when he said that, he had no intention of being the coach at Alabama.

But things change, which is why it's usually best to say nothing.

In this era of recruiting, though, that's easier said than done. Prospects want to hear coaches say publicly that they're going to be there and shoot down any rumblings that they might be going elsewhere.

So coaches say it, whether they mean it or not.

In Meyer's case, I believe he means it. Better yet, I believe he also knows that he has the best job in college football.