According to a press release from the University of Florida, head coach Urban Meyer will resign from the team after he coaches the Sugar Bowl in January. Meyer, who's seen Florida rise to become arguably the most successful program in the country, included the following statement in the press release:
"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," said Meyer. "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."
It's a shocking move that comes without any warning or hints from Meyer. As for his health condition, it may have something to do with this report, which said that he was hospitalized for "dehydration" after the Sugar Bowl loss. Perhaps that wasn't the whole story...
In any case, Meyer, just 45 years old and with 5 years and $20 million left on his contract, will coach his final game with the Florida Gators on New Years Day against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Stay tuned for more news and analysis as it emerges. Digg this story to spread the word.