The University of Florida announced Urban Meyer is “stepping down” as head football coach after UF’s Sugar Bowl game against Cincinnati. Here’s the meat of the official Florida press release:
Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach of the University of Florida football team, Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Saturday afternoon.
“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.
Very sad day for Florida and college football. Meyer is a mere 45 and on top of the college football mountain. So why is he quitting?
The best we have to go on at the moment was a piece three weeks ago by S.L. Price of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that chronicled Meyer’s longtime battle with a brain cyst, which was first discovered in ‘98. Read more…