An unknown guy named Urban Meyer called Nick Saban's house one day some two decades ago looking for a job.
Saban, who had taken over Toledo's program, wasn't home but Meyer passed the first test for employment: Impressing Mrs. Saban.
"He called the house and Terry talked to him," Saban, who only spent the 1990 season at Toledo, recalled this week. "Didn't know him from Adam's housecat. When I came home, she said, 'This guy named Urban Meyer called and I really think you should hire him. I really like him on the phone.' Terry throws it up to me every now and then that she's a very good evaluator of coaches."
Meyer wound up going to Colorado State as receivers coach in 1990. Now, he's leading No. 1 Florida into Saturday's SEC championship game against Saban and No. 2 Alabama.
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The two coaches are friendly acquaintances, but neither is big on small talk.
"Coach Saban and I know each other from the meetings and we talk and we're very cordial," Meyer said. "And one thing about coach Saban is he's not a guy that's going to chitchat a whole lot. And I'm probably very similar. But we talk quite often about how to make our conference better, (about) certain issues he's had to handle and I've had to handle. And we have a very good relationship."
Taking a peek. Alabama tight end Colin Peek is an Academic All-American who is starting for a national title contender, and yet he is the "black sheep" of his family.
"My grandfather, my grandmother - this is on my dad's side - and my mom, my dad, my three uncles, my three aunts and eight of my first cousins have all gone to Florida," Peek said. "My dad and my three uncles are all in the Hall of Fame for Florida athletes - two football, two swimming.
"I grew up going to every Florida game. That's just the lineage that I was born into."
Peek was recruited by Florida but opted for Georgia Tech instead after Ron Zook was fired, uncertain whether he would fit into Meyer's offense. He transferred to the Tide for the same reason when Tech hired Paul Johnson.
"I joked around and said last week (the Iron Bowl) was for your state pride and this week is for my state pride," Peek said.
SEC championship season's hottest college football ticket. How hot are tickets to Saturday's SEC showdown?
They are the top-selling tickets for any college football game in the nation this season, according to one ticket reseller.
Emily Gilbert, a spokeswoman for StubHub.com, said the average price for tickets to Saturday's game purchased through StubHub was $583, compared to $488 for last year's SEC championship game in which Florida beat Alabama 31-20.
While Saturday's game is sold out through official channels, there are still tickets available on the reselling market, but you better have deep pockets.
Late Wednesday morning, the StubHub Web site was showing 1,628 tickets available, ranging in price from $325 for upper-level end zone tickets to $4,890 for a 50-yard-line lower-level seat.