Florida football coach Urban Meyer resigns

Florida head coach Urban Meyer walks the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

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Florida head coach Urban Meyer walks the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida football coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Gators appearance in the Outback Bowl.

The 46-year-old Meyer led Florida to two national titles but began to show the strain of his high-profile job last season when he briefly quit in December but then returned the next day. He cited health concerns last year when he quit. He had been hospitalized with chest pains after the Gators lost to Alabama in last season’s SEC championship game.

This time he did not mention his health being an issue.

“At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp 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,” he said in a statement released by the school Wednesday. “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.”

AOL FanHouse first reported the resignation.

“The world of college football will miss Urban,” Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “He did a great job coaching at Florida. He had major personal issues and health issues a year ago, and I’m sure that he did everything he could to fight it off. Now he’s making decisions that are probably exactly what he needs to be doing. ... He brought a lot of excitement to Florida football, the SEC and all that. Everybody’s going to miss him.”

Meyer was hired by away from Utah by Florida after he led the Utes to an undefeated season. In his second season in Gainesville, he led the Gators’ to their third national championship. Two seasons later he won another.

A bid for a third national championship fell short in 2009, and the day after Christmas Meyer surprisingly announced that he was giving up the job. Just like now, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family, though he also said that he had worries about his health.

Less than 24 hours later, he changed his mind and decided to instead take a leave of absence.

The leave of absence eventually turned into some extended vacation time. Meyer was with the Gators through spring practice and was up and running when the team reported for preseason practice in August.

But without Tim Tebow and several other stars who had moved on to the NFL, the Gators struggled this season.

Florida finished 7-5, the worst record of Meyer’s 10-year head coaching career, which began at Bowling Green.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to have Urban Meyer be our football coach for six years,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in the statement. “The championships, the mentoring of young men and his commitment to the University of Florida have indeed been special.

“It is a chapter in our history that is closing, but I know Urban wants to remain involved with the University and the Gainesville community. He absolutely loves the Gators.”

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jbocap writes:

Lets go get some of their recruits!

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Like Rucker tweeted: "So, how about those commits who honored their Florida choice last year because Meyer came back? Bet that feels neat. "

Yep...my thoughts exactly.

ralphie writes:

wimp

jjsteel writes:

Resign until Thursday.

SuckTheseVols98 writes:

bring on the florida recruits! i hate the gatros. Go Big Orange!!

smokey_vols writes:

welcome to Denver Broncos Coach Meyer. I bet he's done in college but not Pro's plus he could be reunited with Timmy

richvol writes:

I guessed as much after last year's fiasco. He looked totally lost on the sidelines at times this season. It was like he was uninvolved.

Mule_Days_King writes:

DC/zz in 4,3,2,1........

volfanwinorlose writes:

I'll believe it when Florida has a new head coach...and then I'll still be skeptical.

jobrando#216494 writes:

All CDD's recruiting is now in super high gear for these guys

cpa writes:

Meyer's handling his decision about as well as he can. Hope UT can change some recruits to come our way.

TommyJack writes:

The man ain't right.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Put them in tbe bag coach. From blue to orange

mlynn1 writes:

Wait and see if Dan Mullen isn't the new Florida coach.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to mlynn1:

Wait and see if Dan Mullen isn't the new Florida coach.

Dont rule out them taking a shot and Chip Kelly

Mule_Days_King writes:

Hello, my name is Brett Favre.

texasvol73 writes:

if you can successfully keep your team on top for 10 years in CFB, that is a GREAT run. If you don't believe that, look up Fulmer, Richt, Carroll, Daddy Bowden, Mack Brown, etc. Spurrier was right when he left FLA, and Urban knew that FLA was off of its peak. He got out while his reputation as a winner was still in tact. I think he'll take a year off then he can write his ticket in NFL or CFB. Let's just hope FLA doesn't hire Gruden!

mlynn1 writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Dont rule out them taking a shot and Chip Kelly

I also heard that Miami is after Dan Mullen.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

wimp

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Only till Spring practice begins.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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That's for our coaches to determine and not u

FearlessFreep writes:

Idiot. Let's go after all of their recruits.

A deal is probably already done for Dan Mullen. Doubt UF would announce this without having a pretty good idea of who the replacement would be.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

Lane is ready.

wjackson#226202 writes:

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mlynn1 writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Idiot. Let's go after all of their recruits.

A deal is probably already done for Dan Mullen. Doubt UF would announce this without having a pretty good idea of who the replacement would be.

That's my thoughts also.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to richvol:

I guessed as much after last year's fiasco. He looked totally lost on the sidelines at times this season. It was like he was uninvolved.

Yes I agree. I think we just got a good look at how good a coach UM really was. He had a dream come true with all the talent and Tim. Ron Z would have won the NC also if he had been left with that crew. It's too bad that the record is going to show that UB was a great Coach and not reflect that the true greatness was that team he had and a unstoppable QB.

BigOrangeArmy writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Hello, my name is Brett Favre.

HAHAHA! My thoughts exactly!

volpreacher writes:

in response to AF1A4:

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He did go to Florida. He got kicked out. Thought everyone knew this.

gnm53108 writes:

Probably couldn't stand the smell anymore.

99gator writes:

not too surprised by this.

best of luck to him.

the dan mullen era is probably about to begin.

abnerPeabody writes:

ZZ can't post for a while.He needs to wait until the tears try in order to see the key board.
His likely post will be" we didn't want him any longer anyway".

GerryOP writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The man ain't right.

He ain't been quite right since he and his team came down with the flu September 2009.

Maybe he wants the Vandy job.

winbigvols writes:

I think Kiffin comes to Florida. They wouldn't have that a@@wipe but I would love to have a chance to beat him and his Daddy year in and year out.

Hacksaw57 writes:

Deva Vue.....all over again.
Note to Mullen: STAY IN STARKVILLE....you don't want to take on all the NCAA sanctions and penalties that are to come at Flur-duh

oldsarge writes:

Frightening thought.

"Today, Gus Malzahn was named Head Football Coach at the University of Florida."

mlynn1 writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I agree with you 100%, I would think Florida has already set it up with Mullen.

tennezz writes:

Wonder how long it will take him to change his mind this time?

mytrifecta writes:

The seperation anxiety from Tebow has finally taken its toll. The heart wants what the heart wants. I hope those guys are happy together.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

If this were happening to our guys, the trolls who we've been listening to for so long on our site would be letting us have it. Let's be bigger than that and wish Meyer good health and if his family is no. 1 then he has his priorities in order.

He had great talent at Florida and with all coaches, success finally runs its course. We know about that.

So in closing here...........Go Vols and we shall see what happens next !

murrayvol writes:

in response to jjsteel:

Resign until Thursday.

I promise you, this one's for real.

Foley won't be there to talk him down this time.

GerryOP writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

ZZ can't post for a while.He needs to wait until the tears try in order to see the key board.
His likely post will be" we didn't want him any longer anyway".

lil' zzgataboy is probably going to come up with something like "The UF 3rd string coach could out-coach most of the 1st string coaches in the SEC." Or maybe "Addazio will slide right in to replace Meyer and the Gatas won't miss a beat."

winbigvols writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

The seperation anxiety from Tebow has finally taken its toll. The heart wants what the heart wants. I hope those guys are happy together.

Exactly, he just didn't look happy on the sidelines without little Timmy.

NJVolFan writes:

hahahaha!! so what recruits do you think we can get here???

TyVols writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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I think Kelly realizes that he has a shot at a dynasty in Oregon. Only thing that would be in the way would be Stanford & Harbaugh. USC will be a factor after another coaching change. I think Gruden and Cowher both would be a fit in Florida.

Hacksaw57 writes:

in response to Hacksaw57:

Deva Vue.....all over again.
Note to Mullen: STAY IN STARKVILLE....you don't want to take on all the NCAA sanctions and penalties that are to come at Flur-duh

Deja-Vue....all over, again.
Another note to Mullen: Better to step in cow-pie than to waller in Urban's mess.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The man ain't right.

Truth. And it may be awhile before he is.

Mule_Days_King writes:

As if the East wasn't already a toss up for next season. If a few recruits jump ship, who knows. I doubt it though. Bet the commits have already been contacted and told that a new coach will be in place immediately after the bowl game. Mullen, Bob Stoops or Charlie Strong. Those are my guesses.

NashvillePreds writes:

Whereo whereo where is Timmy?....

tnsportsman writes:

LOL, Crier Meyer come on man you leaving, you staying not again dude! OK, see ya bye bye! T-Bone is waiting in his Denver hot tub for ya, hurry! You boys have fun in the mountains!

volzcrushm writes:

I said he would resign when Tebow left and go to Notre Dame....well... it's still possible. After all, that's his "dream job". HINT: maybe he should consult with Lame Kitten. LMAO!! GBO! GBO! GBO! GBO! GBO! GBO!

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