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Parrothead Coach Wins National Championship

January 9th, 2009

College football held its national championship game last night, the BCS Championship, between Florida and Oklahoma. Florida head coach and parrothead Urban Meyer’s Gators came out on top with a 24-14 victory for their second national title in three years.

In November, Jimmy Buffett attended the Florida – South Carolina game in Gainesville and Coach Meyer invited Buffett into the locker room:

“Jimmy Buffett was in our locker room, he was,” Meyer said, almost giddy.

“In all seriousness, that’s a big deal,” said Meyer, whose favorite Buffett song is “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”

Meyer met Buffett at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. It was raining and Meyer offered the singer a dark Gator jacket, which Buffett also wore to Saturday’s game.

“It’s great to be back in Gainesville seeing the Gators playing this well,” said Buffett, who had his son, Cameron, with him. “It’s been a long time. I like what Coach Meyer is doing here. This has just been a lot of fun tonight.”

Meyer’s love for Buffett runs deep:

”Urban doesn’t just like Jimmy Buffett, Urban wants to be Jimmy Buffett,” said Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife.

“To Urban, Jimmy just has the greatest life because he gets to be laid-back. That’s Urban’s dream, just to be relaxed and have fun.”

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