No body saw this coming … GATOR Nation rocked by coaches news to resign.
That hit home when chest pains sent him to the hospital after Alabama beat his Florida Gators in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 5.
And so on Saturday, exactly three weeks later, the 45-year-old Meyer shook all of college football by saying he was stepping down. He resigned after five seasons and two national titles. In so many words, he said he needed to get his priorities straight.
He will coach his final game at the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati on New Year’s Day.
In the end, it was about Myer’s health and his family being his #1 priority. No one can fault Myer for making this decision to resign. In the end all one has is their health.
“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 re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.”
Urban’s family: “No chance” Meyer reconsiders quitting
I realize this comes as sacrilege to SEC football fans; however, in the end there is much, much more to life that SEC college football.
Shelley Meyer, wife of Urban Meyer, said in a text message there’s “no chance” Meyer will change his mind about quitting his job as Gators coach.
“This is the best decision for him and us right now,” Shelley said.
WKMG-Channel 6’s David Pingalore reported last night that the University of Florida football coach had suffered a midseason heart attack and told no one about it. Pingalore cited a source on the team, who said that Meyer shared the heart-attack news in a team meeting on Saturday.
WFTV-Channel 9 said it was first to break the story that Meyer, citing health reasons, is resigning after the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Meyer was hospitalized with chest pains after Florida lost to Alabama on Dec. 5, WFTV’s Joe Kepner reported.
The Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats will be Myer’s last game as head coach of the Gators. With the departure of Tim Tebow and now Urban Myer, that game should set up as quite the emotional one. We can truly say that following the Sugar Bowl game and the departures of Tebow and Meyer … Gator nation has lost its heart and soul.
Win one for the Myer …
UPDATE I: REVERSAL OF FORTUNE … Indefinite Leave of Absence, not resigning.
What a difference a day makes. Gator head football coach Urban Meyer has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence following the Sugar Bowl rather than resigning. Hmm.
Florida football coach Urban Meyer has changed his mind and decided not to resign but will take an indefinite leave of absence, which leaves open the door for his possible return to the Gators.