Urban Meyer is stepping down as coach of the Florida Gators

12/26/09 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

There aren't a whole lot of details yet, but Urban Meyer is stepping down as the coach of the Florida Gators football team, reportedly because of health reasons. We don't know what the exact reason is, but we DO know Meyer was treated for dehydration after the Gators' loss in the SEC Championship game.

Here is the statement that he released through the University:

I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program. I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.

After consulting with my family, Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and my doctors, I believe it is in my best interest to step aside and focus on my health and family.

I’m proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida.

I’m very appreciative for the opportunity I’ve had to be a part of a tremendous institution – from Dr. Machen to Jeremy Foley and the entire administrative staff at UF. I’m also very thankful for the chance to work with some of the best assistants in college football and coach some of the best college football players and watch them grow both on and off the field as people. I will cherish the relationships with them the most.

He will coach the Gators against Florida in the Sugar Bowl. We'll update the story as we hear more.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview