Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Urban Meyer goes for 100
By Gregg Found
He’s already the winningest active FBS coach (by win percentage), but so far Urban Meyer has spent his head coaching career in two-digit land. There might be a new digit in town on Saturday when Meyer goes for win number 100 against the Kentucky Wildcats.
The odds are on his side, as the Florida Gators have won their last 23 meetings with Kentucky. The last Gator loss to Kentucky came back in 1986. Meyer was 22 years old and had just walked across the stage to get his undergraduate diploma at Cincinnati.
Fast forward to present day, and Meyer is about to become the second-fastest modern coach to record his 100th win.
You’ll notice some pretty notable names on this list. But you’ll also notice that all five of those coaches spent their whole careers at one school: Wilkinson, Switzer and Stoops at Oklahoma, Paterno at Penn State and Fulmer at Tennessee.
Compared to them, Meyer is a Ramblin’ Man on par with Hank Williams.
Though maybe it’s to his credit that Meyer forged that winning pace at three different schools, in three different conferences, with three different winning traditions.
At his regular press conference this week, Meyer talked about his first career game as head coach, a 20-13 Bowling Green upset at Missouri in 2001, and how 100 career wins was the last thing on his mind.
“No, I did not think that when we were on that couch in Missouri, that we are going to get our brains kicked in tomorrow and now 10 years later I will have 100 wins. I did not think like that.”
But he also said that “100 games just means you have been doing it long enough.”
Au contraire, coach, you’re about to join the record books for doing it with speed.