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COACH'S Q&A: URBAN MEYER
Urban Meyer
August 10, 2010
ON LETTING GO, GEARING UP AND BEING CREATIVE
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August 10, 2010

Coach's Q&a: Urban Meyer

ON LETTING GO, GEARING UP AND BEING CREATIVE

SI: Your sudden resignation and then change of mind in December had roots in a health issue. Has that been resolved?

UM: The biggest thing was to find out what those darn chest pains were, and I did. They were esophageal spasms. They've got me on medication.... The pain, that was the part—especially near the end of the season. And then to have someone say, "Well, we're not quite sure." When they say, "This is it. Take this." [Then you think], O.K., let's go.

SI: DO YOU NEED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WAY YOU WORK?

UM: I'VE GOT TO TRUST OUR STAFF, EMPOWER PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW.... I'VE GOT AN APPRECIATION FOR THE GUYS AROUND ME.

SI: What's the team's frame of mind?

UM: We've developed a program where the players expect to go to [the SEC title game in] Atlanta each year. I hear them talking. I'm not the only one doing the talking. We have some really, really good players.

SI: What can you say about the offense?

UM: We'll certainly have two elements. At Florida we're not one-dimensional. That's not how we're going to move the ball.

SI: How do you feel about the team being "the hunted" almost every game?

UM: I hear that a lot. There are not many stadiums that we walk into where it's not the game of the year. That's just the way it is. They are a bunch of hunters in this league.

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