The path to Will Muschamp becoming the next head coach at Florida was paved in part by Urban Meyer's abrupt resignation this past week. Meyer spoke about family being the reason for his departure, but it seems like his health played a role, too.
The Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley reports that a source said health reasons make it "too risky" for Meyer to continue coaching, and that the esophageal spasms that plagued Meyer in 2009 — when he was hospitalized after the SEC Championship Game, then briefly resigned before later altering his resignation to a leave of absence — are just the start of Meyer's issues.
Meyer was told by doctors last week that the symptoms he continues to experience — including burning sensations in his chest -- would raise his cardiovascular risk factors, so he decided it necessitated his resignation, according to the source. Meyer had been told a year ago that if his symptoms continued, it would increase his cardiovascular risks if he continued to coach.
Meyer allegedly toned down his legendary intensity during the 2010 season, getting more exercise and eating better, but his Gators suffered on the field and he appeared more and more stricken on the sideline as his charges sputtered to a 7-5 record.
So, to Florida fans, a revelation that health figured into Urban Meyer's resignation is about as shocking as a Steve Addazio dive play.