Urban attends Utah practice, admits missing coaching "awful bad"

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Urban Meyer returned to Utah for the very first time since stepping on the bus headed for the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, who served as Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Utah, invited the ESPN analyst to watch Spring practice on Thursday afternoon.

Meyer told The Deseret News, "I guess it's been great. I don't know. I've got a knot in my stomach right now, missing it (coaching) awful bad.”

Safties coach Morgan Scalley said, "You almost expected him to start yelling and screaming, but afterwards when he spoke to the guys it was the same ol' Urban. He knows what motivates. He knows what gets people to listen. It's good to have him back."

Interestingly, Mike Leach and Ken Niumatololo were also on hand for the practice.

The Utes open against Montana State to start the 2011 season before traveling to USC and BYU. Utah also finishes a home-and-home series with Pitt in Week #6 when the Utes play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.