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Urban Meyer visits Utah practice

It's like 2004 all over again.

For the first time since boarding the bus to the Fiesta Bowl, Urban Meyer returned to Salt Lake City and met up with his old team - the one he helped lead to national prominence. 

By all accounts, it was a very enjoyable day for the coaching staff and players, a few of whom were around during Meyer's brief two-year stop at the U.

Two players he coached, Brian Johnson and Morgan Scalley, are both now coaches with the program, and of course, Kyle Whittingham was Urban's defensive coordinator before being promoted as Utah's head man. 

During his stop, Meyer praised the program, its move to the Pac-12 and remarked how awesome it was to return back to the school that made him a household name. 

Meyer also admitted that ESPN asked him to pick five football programs to cover this spring and that Utah's selection, along with Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon and Texas, was a no-brainer. 

He wasn't the only coach to stop by practice yesterday, though. Meyer was joined by former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach and current Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo - who are both personal friends of Whittingham. 

The ESPN special will air next month and I think it's pretty damn awesome Utah finds itself included with the programs I listed above. 

Certainly the Utah football team is heading in the right direction and I have faith, even with all they've accomplished the last six or so years, the best days are still ahead of them.