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Florida, Notre Dame both talked to coach

Updated: December 4, 2004, 11:27 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is getting its first choice this time.

Turned down by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan three years ago before settling on Ron Zook, the Gators lured Utah coach Urban Meyer away from his "dream job" Friday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Meyer snubbed Notre Dame, where he worked as the receivers coach for five years, and agreed to coach the Gators, according to his sister, Gigi Escoe.

Asked whether her younger brother had taken ...

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