Urban Meyer is stepping down. Yes, Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach of Florida, and Meyer is citing health concerns as the main reason behind this decision. Urban Meyer is scheduled to host a press conference on Sunday to talk about details in regards to this decision, but early indications are that he will be officially stepping down from his post right after the 2010 Sugar Bowl. The news that Urban Meyer is stepping down is quite shocking, and is sure to have taken quite a few students and fans of the Florida Gators by surprise. Now the last game of his coaching career at Florida could be taking place on January 1st.
The choice by Urban Meyer to step down as Florida Gators head coach is something that was very unexpected, but it is rumored to have stemmed from a recent admittance to the hospital because of chest pains. Right after the SEC Championship Game Meyer was hospitalized with chest pains, but there was no real elaboration about what had occurred. Now it is becoming clear that the decision by Meyer is anchored in that health concern, and that it is indeed much more serious than had been assumed. Hopefully it turns out that some rest away from the stresses of college football will be exactly what Meyer needs.
Urban Meyer is currently one of the most successful college football coaches both this year and in the history of the game, and Florida has been really fortunate enough to have Meyer at the helm for so long. His time at Florida includes two national championships, and almost included the chance at another one this season if not for the loss at the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Now though, he has a chance to finish strong against the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats, who are sure to present a nice challenge when both teams take the field at the 2010 Sugar Bowl on January 1st.
There is a press conference scheduled for Sunday where Urban Meyer is expected to speak about what is taking place, but he did issue a short statement about stepping down at Florida that ESPN posted this evening. That statement is as follow, “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,” Meyer said in a statement. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to reevaluate 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.”