Urban Meyer is known for being a great builder of programs, and even rebuilder. Now for the first time, he has to prove he can reload.
He was 17-6 in two years at Bowling Green, and then he went to Utah where he was a rent-a-coach for two years — going 22-2 finishing up with a BCS win over Pitt. He won the national title in his second year at Florida, and then came last season, the worst of his coaching career, when he went (gasp!) 9-4.
Even though a four-loss season isn’t currently acceptable in Gainesville, considering the bar has been set so high, it was generally acknowledged that 2007 was supposed to be a year of transition. Nine starters needed to be replaced on defense, a running back needed to be found, and wasn’t, and in the SEC, an elite team that’s not fully loaded has to take a step back and wait its turn again.