Florida Coach Urban Meyer Will Step Down, Citing Health

Gators leader will stay on through Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2009 6:32 PM CST
Florida Coach Urban Meyer Will Step Down, Citing Health
Florida coach Urban Meyer, right, talks with quarterback Tim Tebow during the first half of the NCAA college football SEC Championship game against Alabama on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Urban Meyer, who coached the University of Florida to two national championships in 5 years at the helm, will step down after the Gators take on Cincinnati in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl. Meyer, 45, cited health concerns in announcing his resignation; he was hospitalized after suffering chest pains following Florida's loss to Alabama in the SEC title game on Dec. 5.

"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," the coach, who had a 56-10 record with the Gators, 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."
(Read more Urban Meyer stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.