GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On more than one occasion, Florida coach Urban Meyer has made it known that coaching at Notre Dame would be a dream come true.
But who needs a dream job when you already have the best job in college football?
After Meyer guided Utah to an undefeated season in 2004, he had the choice of coaching at Notre Dame or Florida. Representatives of both schools flew to Salt Lake City to try and lure Meyer away from the Utes.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley won the sweepstakes for college football’s hottest coach at the time. More than four years later, it’s hard to imagine where Florida would be if Meyer hadn’t gone there. Or where the struggling Fighting Irish might be if Meyer had followed his heart back to Notre Dame, where he worked as an assistant under Lou Holtz and Bob Davie from 1996-2000.