No Spring Break for Urban Meyer

Florida won the national title in 2008 — its second in three seasons — and the Gators were prime contenders to repeat in ’09. But they fell in the SEC championship game to Alabama, which went on to win the national title.

After the loss to Alabama but before the Sugar Bowl blowout of Cincinnati, coach Urban Meyer unexpectedly stepped down — for a day. Instead of retiring, he decided on a leave of absence that will end with the start of the Gators’ spring practice.