Obviously we're very excited about that (hiring Coach Meyer). We feel he's a very special talent. We think he will bring some great things to this program. We think he's done some great things already. He's a winner. We know he's excited about coming here. It's going to be a lot of fun for the Gator players, the university and certainly for our fans. It's been a long process but we're obviously glad it's come to this conclusion.
WHAT SOLD MEYER TO UF:
He's got a presence. You walk into a room, and you can tell he has a little something about him. Obviously you look at the job he's done. The two places he's been he's taken over programs that were less than successful which obviously isn't the case here. It's evident that Coach (Ron) Zook and his staff have done a great job. The day that we made that decision we said that the foundation here was very solid. At Bowling Green he took over a program that was 2-9 and they went 9-2 the next year. At Utah 5-6. I think he can coach. I think he does a great job with his players. He has a tremendous work ethic. I think he has a presence about him.
WILL MEYER COACH UTAH IN THE FIESTA BOWL?:
That's a conversation that will happen out there (Utah). I know he wants to. My gut is that it will happen, but that's not the University of Florida's call.
ABOUT UF STAFFERS WHO MIGHT BE RETAINED:
We've talked about those things, but that's a little premature at this point in time. He's asked me honest and open questions about the current staff, and I've shared my assessments with him. At the end of the day, like any coach here, they get to hire their assistants, and that's what we're doing here. He will be bringing a few of his people from Utah.
ABOUT MEYER'S CONTRACT:
It's a seven year deal. It's an average over the seven years of about two mill which has some back end loading there. We're finalizing some of those details, but it's what we thought we needed to do. We came to a successful negotiation there. It's a competitive environment. Obviously you have to deal with the competition. He's a very marketable coach. We gave Billy Donovan a six year deal out of the chutes so we just felt that this was something that indicated our commitment to him (Meyer).
ABOUT MEYER'S TOUGH CHOICES:
He had some difficult decisions to make. He had some strong feelings for Utah. He had some strong feelings for Notre Dame but this (UF) is a place he made his decision about where to raise his family, to coach and to do with his life.
ABOUT THE HIRING PROCESS:
Some people think this has been a done deal for three months. I can't help those assumptions. People can believe what they want to believe, but I know how the process has gone for the past month. You sit down with Coach Meyer and you get a sense of what fits in here. We just had a sense that he's the perfect fit for this institution. Tuesday, we'll talk about the whole search and how it went on.
COMPARING NOTRE DAME AND FLORIDA:
Two quality programs obviously. Quality institutions, too. At the end of the day and for a lot of reasons … it's a quality place and a special place to raise a family. I think that's what carried the day for Coach Meyer.
THAT MEYER NEVER MADE A FORMAL TRIP TO GAINESVILLE:
I think his family trusted our judgment about what type of place this community is to raise their family. His wife is very involved in his program and his life and raising his kids. She did her homework on Gainesville.
ABOUT THE EXPECTATIONS:
At the end of the day, it's going to be like any other place. It's how successful you are on the field. You don't make a decision for public perception but Coach Meyer has a very good perception. National Coach of the Year two years in a row. Certainly he's done a great job at Utah. That's helpful to have everyone moving in the same direction We hired him because we felt he could build a tremendous program. He's done that a couple of other places. Because of his work ethic, because you see him being a fit. When you see him you'll see he fits at the University of Florida.
ABOUT SALVAGING THE RECRUITING CLASS:
Our current staff has been working their tails off. That says a lot about them as people, that says a lot about them as professionals, that says a lot about them and how they care about the University of Florida. The University of Florida is going to attract a lot of recruits because we have a lot of resources. Now they know who our coach is. I think hopefully the quality ones will wait till December. I think we'll be able to piece that together.
ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH UF PRESIDENT MACHEN:
Obviously there is a relationship there. The biggest factor was the University of Florida, this community, this program, the players we have here and our ability to be successful. That carried the day.
ABOUT THE STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS:
We've found out a lot of things about a lot of coaches. Obviously, a lot of people have had a lot of quality things to say about him, coaches who are well respected in the profession. I felt very good about that.