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Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 2:54 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

The college football world was rocked today when the University of Florida announced that Urban Meyer would step down as head coach after the Gators' Outback Bowl match against Penn State on January 1. A press conference is scheduled for later this evening.

The announcement comes nearly a year to the day after Meyer's last resignation from the school, and like last year, Meyer's current resignation appears to be health-related. While Meyer doesn't specifically mention health in his resignation, he also makes no mention of any future professional aspirations, just to spend more time with his family. Moreover, as Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch reported today, sources close to Meyer indicated that he appeared to be in poor health once again, suffering from various stress-related maladies. In other words, it's extremely unlikely at this point that Meyer's resignation is a sign that he's a candidate for the Denver Broncos (featuring third-string quarterback Tim Tebow ) or that his impending availability had anything to do with the firing Josh McDaniels earlier this week.

And again, Meyer has announced that he will at least coach through the end of this season, so Florida fans dreading the words "interim head coach Steve Addazio " can at least rest easily. The Florida job is high-profile enough that the school will likely have its pick of candidates, so any downtime between Meyer's stepping down and the new coach's hiring should be minimal -- think a couple weeks or so.

Here's Meyer's statement, released through the university:

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”


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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:37 am
 

Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

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Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2010 2:25 am
 

Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

    When you win 2 National Championships in 6 years, there is really no place to go except down.  A little burnout  (his ego taking on the full responsibilty for the losing season), a little anger about having to carry the responsibility for another National Championship, a little afraid of his physical condition, were all contributers to this move.

    I think he wants to get out from under the pressure of maintaining the ultra high success at Florida - where he can only go down. I think he'd light to start with a new program - either college or pro (I hope it's not pro - because he inspires college players, - and may not be so influential with rich, seasoned pros.)

    He's done so well at Utah and Florida that it would be nice to have him coaching again in a couple of years. I don't believe he will stay away.

  



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

I bet Meyer decided last year that he would stay coaching, but would dial things back to protect his health.  Maybe he spent less hours at the office, deferred more decision-making to his staff, forced himself to not worry and think about games, etc.. Maybe he thought he might still be as successful as he had been and be healthier.

This year the reduced work load translated into a less successful season and I bet he decided he didn't want to compromise - working and worrying less cost him success on the field and he would rather walk away than lose 4 games a year.  


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Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:25 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

OK, but first last year, and now again this year.  Let's all hope we don't see you in Denver next football season.  Seems like people in your position always revert back to being with the family, and sound like you made teh extream sacrifice during your career and now it's time to pay back yor family.  Good, great to hear, but lets not forget the fans work fourty and fifty years, and not at millions per year either.  SO if you want to retire, then retire, but spare the plane folk the sob story about how it's time to be with your family.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down from Florida

wow, don t call you mr obvious....win and everything else takes back seat....not new


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