When Urban Meyer quit as head football coach of the University of Florida in 2010, he left behind more than his two championship trophies: He and his wife, Shelley, are still trying to sell their six-bedroom, 5½-bathroom, 6,800-square-foot home in Gainesville, Fla.
Listed for $1.7 million in February, the house comes with some unique features—and some unique selling challenges. There's a sand volleyball court out back, and what Mrs. Meyer calls a "ginormous" family room, built to accommodate a full house of extra-large players. Because Coach Meyer, now at Ohio State University in Columbus, still has ardent local fans, real-estate agents have to screen potential buyers to filter out overzealous gawkers.
The biggest challenge: selling a $1.7 million house in Gainesville, where the average home sells for about $149,000. No homes over $1 million have sold so far there this year, according to real-estate research firm RealtyTrac.
Among the stats racked up by college-football coaches over their careers are numerous homes bought and sold. Sometimes they move to take a better job at a bigger program. Other times, they're sacked after a disappointing season. In a sport where the average tenure of a head coach is 5.1 years, many real-estate transactions occur unexpectedly and at the last minute.
Making the process harder is the fact that college coaches tend to have big homes—often the biggest in their college towns. The head coach's house is a campus attraction, used to entertain players, recruits, alumni and boosters. That means swimming pools, putting greens, basketball courts, rec rooms, home theaters and large wet bars...
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