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Meyer's nine-year run came with costs

Originally Published: December 27, 2009
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

In the end, everyone pays the price.

The intensity within Urban Meyer burned so fiercely you could feel the heat shimmering off of him. He pushed and he prodded and he challenged the Florida football team, and he never backed up. Coaching consumed him. Winning consumed him.

Meyer's engine revved way past the red line, yet he never eased off the pedal. He brings to mind the advertisement of a few years back, when the auto mechanic said, "You can pay me now or you can pay me later."

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