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Meyer to return for spring practice

It was difficult to imagine Florida coach Urban Meyer not being around when the Gators open spring practice next Wednesday.

He said back in January that he planned to be back in time for the spring, but nothing was written in stone. Meyer has been on his leave ever since signing day and has kept a low profile.

But a source close to the situation tells ESPN.com this week that Meyer is doing well and will definitely be out there for spring ball. It still remains to be seen how involved he'll be and what all he delegates to his assistants.

The mere fact that he's going to be out there is good news for the Gators. This is obviously a crucial spring for them with John Brantley taking over at quarterback, Teryl Austin taking over as defensive coordinator and so many new faces moving into leading roles on defense.