The question of whether or not Urban Meyer will one day coach at Notre Dame is a loaded one, at least in my mind. But nonetheless, it will continue to be asked for awhile with Steve Spurrier the latest to bring it up.
Spurrier repeated the rumor on a radio show recently, bringing back all of the same questions for the media to ask - and answer - even if they are not qualified to do so.
Spurrier made his comments on Paul Finebaum’s radio show and Finebaum agreed with the Ole’ Ball Coach, saying “people at Notre Dame firmly believe” that Meyer will be the coach in 2010.
I do not know Finebaum’s sources, but considering he is the author of a book entitled I Hate Notre Dame: 303 Reasons Why You Should, Too, I doubt he has too many solid contacts in South Bend.
For his part, Meyer did the right thing and gave his most definitive answer yet, saying flatly “I am not going to Notre Dame.”
I understand and appreciate Meyer putting the debate to rest so firmly, but he is at fault for letting the rumors persist.
Meyer has called Notre Dame his ‘dream job’ for awhile now and there are plenty of reasons to support the belief that he could one day end up back in South Bend where he was an assistant for five years. But the only logical reason for him to bring it back up just days before Florida won its second BCS National Championship
under him in four years was to position himself for a raise.
What Meyer has done in eight years as a head coach at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida is more impressive than what anyone else has done over that same span, but he has a job and Notre Dame has a head coach and he is really no position to answer the question.
Charlie Weis is the head coach at Notre Dame and despite the media circus that has swirled around him for two years now, he intends on staying here for a long time. If Weis lives up to expectations in 2009, he will have a nine or 10-win team if not better that will return almost all of its key contributors in 2010.
Considering the class that Weis signed in 2008 was ranked by most services as the top group in the country and the positives in recruiting that would come with a strong 2009 season, it is not all that unlikely that he could be the guy that does indeed bring Notre Dame back.
Likewise, it is not inconceivable that Weis does stay in South Bend for a long time, perhaps long enough to have a major role in naming his successor. I realize that we’re already getting way ahead of ourselves and speculating on who that would be now is useless, but it is hard to imagine that person being Meyer.
When Meyer made the comments back in January he did say that Notre Dame was not in his immediate future.
“Once my kids are done, maybe someday I’ll go coach there,” he said. “I don’t know that. That’s way down the road.”
But the point is the same. The question of whether or not Meyer ends up in South Bend presupposes that Notre Dame would be looking for a coach and at the present time that is not the case.