At halftime of the University of Florida-South Carolina game, there was quite a stir when Urban Meyer started talking to reporters. According to ESPN’s broadcast team, a bevy of reporters huddled around Meyer (at the game, below), who politely answered questions and explained that yes, he will be coaching spring football practice at the University of Florida.
...Wait what? What happened to taking time off to focus on his health? First he was retiring. Then it was an indefinite leave of absence. Then it was "I’ll coach by the fall." Now? He’s coaching spring practice. Those two weeks off must have been really, really refreshing…
It’s sort of hilarious when considered alongside his initial announcement and the reaction it sparked throughout the sports world. America was initially dumbfounded, but then responded with an uncharacteristic understanding, recognizing that college coaching takes a toll on the body and mind that’s beyond our understanding. If Urban Meyer was going to choose his life over his work, then good for him. He’d surely earned it.
But that’s all overwith. Forget Bali Hai; Smell that? Spring football’s a comin! KICK. ASS.
So, yes, it's hilarious considered next to the initial statements from Meyer. But it’s also completely predictable when considered alongside everything else we’ve come to know about Urban Meyer. The man has an otherworldly, possibly pathological work ethic. He lives to coach football. It’s why we were so surprised to hear he might the leave the game. And it’s why we shouldn’t be surprised that, in the end, he never really left.