Urban Meyer Resigns as University of Florida Coach
...again. It was reported not long ago that Florida head coach Urban Meyer would announce his resignation as Florida's head coach at a 5 PM ET press conference. About two and a half hours before the press conference was expected, Florida's official website has reported that Meyer told athletic director Jeremy Foley that he will step down following the team's Outback Bowl appearance on January 1. A press conference is now scheduled for 6 PM ET to announce the decision.
Meyer made headlines around this time last year when he abruptly stepped down as head coach, then decided to change his resignation to a leave of absence. In the press release on the official website, Meyer cited family reasons for his decision to retire. Meyer leaves the Gators after six seasons as head coach, amassing a 64-15 record and 34-13 SEC record. He took Florida to the 2006 and 2008 National Championships and won three SEC titles at Florida. His 7-5 record this season was his worst finishing record as a head coach at Bowling Green, Utah or Florida.
Talk has already begun regarding possible replacements as the Gators become the second Florida university to enter the coaching market, joining the University of Miami, who fired its head coach, Randy Shannon, a few hours after their regular season ending loss to South Florida on November 27. One of the most obvious candidates to take over the head coaching duties at Florida is former offensive coordinator under Meyer and current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.
Meyer will coach the team in the Outback Bowl against Penn State on January 1, 2011, the sixth consecutive January bowl game for the Gators under Meyer in his six years as head coach.
The release reads: "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.
"I am enormously grateful to the University of Florida and our tremendous fans for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead the football program," Meyer said. "The support provided by school president Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley has been an invaluable part of all that we have been able to accomplish over the last six years I have exceptional regard for my coaching staff who have always shared my passionate commitment to winning and to guiding the development of the young men of Florida football.
"Most important, I will be forever grateful to the student-athletes I have had the honor to coach and from whom I have learned so much. I will profoundly miss coming to campus every day to coach this team, but I will always be a Gator at heart, and I am confident that the program will continue to reflect the highest ideals of the University of Florida and collegiate sports."
Read the entire press release HERE.
Editors Note: As NFL Scout Jayson Braddock tweeted earlier today. With regard to the question of what ever happened with Urban Meyer's heal problems. "Losing Tim Tebow was Meyer's health problem..."
According Mike Cardano, the founder of this site, don't be surprised to see Urban Meyer announced as the next head coach of the Tim Tebow lead Denver Broncos........
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