The impact of Florida head coach Urban Meyer's resignation reaches far beyond Gainesville. Our SEC blog, Team Speed Kills, has plenty to offer on the news.
This comes as the most celebrated player in the program's history, Tim Tebow, prepares to wrap up his career at Florida.
Meyer's decision only adds to the impression that this year is the end of an era at Florida.is leaving after this season for his shot at the NFL; it's hard to see many of the draft-eligible juniors staying around for a new staff (unless it's the kind of staff that can convince those players to stay). And one of the most successful coaches in the program's history -- Steve Spurrier is the only one even in the discussion -- is leaving.
As TSK notes, the SEC landscape is sure to change.
Meyer is 56-10 at Florida, 32-8 in the SEC and 15-1 against Georgia, Florida State, Miami and Tennessee, which the school dubs its "traditional rivals." And let's not forget those two national and SEC championships and three division titles.
The SEC East was already likely to open up this year, with Tebow and several other high-profile Gators graduating or taking their chances in the NFL Draft, Mark Richt looking to revive his career in Athens and a crop of young players beginning to catch on at South Carolina. Even Tennessee, which could take a step back after a surprisingly good first year under Lane Kiffin, couldn't be counted out. If someone was going to prevent the Gators from ruling the division for years to come, this was going to be the year to do it -- now they might have a better chance.
Check back with Team Speed Kills for more thoughts.