UF coach Urban Meyer has to win against Tennessee. No ifs, ands or buts about it - he must. Gator Nation wants - and needs - a Southeastern Conference title this year, along with some hope that national prominence is not far away. Meyer can't afford to lead off the SEC season with a loss. Not with games against Auburn, LSU and Georgia looming. Forget about 107,000-plus screaming "Rocky Top" under the lights at Neyland Stadium. Forget about the rivalry thing. Forget about a questionable offensive line. Forget about the lack of a running game. Forget about everything that says the Gators should lose Saturday night, because they can't. Not if Meyer cares about his $2-million-a-year job. It's not like he'll lose it this year or anytime soon over loss to Tennessee. Meyer's closer to leaving UF for an NFL gig than he is to being ousted and becoming the next head coach of Illinois. But losing to the Vols would be the beginning of the end for Meyer. The first push of a giant snowball of bad publicity by the hardcore fans that make up Gator Nation. Sure, the "Rock Star" that is Meyer has a cult-like following now. But believe it or not, there was a time when Ron Zook was a likeable guy, too. Galen Hall, Charley Pell and Doug Dickey all had their moments.
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Friday, September 15, 2006
I am tickled to death. Could not happen to better guy. Welcome to the SEC, Genius. Thanks for tip TampaGator17