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Report: Meyer had in-season heart attack

While the news that Urban Meyer was stepping down was shocking in and of itself, at least one of the details that’s beginning to trickle out does not do justice to the word “stunning”.

According to a report from WKMG-TV in Orlando, Meyer had suffered a heart attack this year.  During the football season.

Citing an unnamed source, sports director Dave Pingalore reported that Meyer did not inform anyone that he’d suffered a heart attack.  Again, Pingalore reports that Meyer suffered a heart attack during the football season and didn’t inform anyone.

Nor did he miss a single game or, as far as we’re aware, a single practice.

As the Grand PFT Poobah is wont to say, wow.

If this report is indeed true, that Meyer failed to inform anyone that he was having issues with his heart, then it was certainly time for Meyer to take a step back and step away from the game.

Football is a helluva game, the best sport going, but it’s certainly not worth risking your health — or life — over.

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19 Responses to “Report: Meyer had in-season heart attack”
  1. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 26, 2009 8:54 PM

    Calling bullshit on this. Meyer is clearly resigning in hopes of avoiding testifying in the RICO lawsuit brought by robertg. Don’t fall for it robertg!!! U have them running scared!!

  2. sevenirongator says: Dec 26, 2009 8:54 PM

    Da Bears

  3. sa dangerous says: Dec 26, 2009 9:21 PM

    Coach Meyer suffered from a broken heart knowing I won’t be there next year.
    Tim Tebow

  4. KingOfThe1Liner says: Dec 26, 2009 10:13 PM

    I live in Orlando, and that guy Dave Pingalore is a jackass. He’s a hack. I don’t buy it at all.

  5. subadai says: Dec 26, 2009 10:24 PM

    Hey Tebow… Urban Meyer died (almost) for your sins.

  6. BucBall says: Dec 26, 2009 10:40 PM

    If I remember correctly it was reported that Meyer was in the hospital following one of the Gator games being treated for “dehydration”.
    Perhaps that was a cover story for what was really going on.

  7. Howie Handles says: Dec 26, 2009 10:57 PM

    “Calling bullshit on this. Meyer is clearly resigning in hopes of avoiding testifying in the RICO lawsuit brought by robertg. Don’t fall for it robertg!!! U have them running scared!!”
    ____________
    You’re an asshat. Lay off the weed.

  8. PolegoJim says: Dec 26, 2009 11:00 PM

    I’ve got to believe Coach Meyers credibility means more to him than to have this type of story break, and then be miraculously cured to coach in the NFL next season.
    That would tarnish a legacy of integrity.

  9. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 26, 2009 11:54 PM

    No Howie, you have clearly shown yourself to be the asshat. Thanks fir the laugh.

  10. Lex Luger says: Dec 27, 2009 2:09 AM

    legacy of running the score up as much as possible, thats his legacy

  11. Bearcats83 says: Dec 27, 2009 2:44 AM

    Hahahahaha… Sorry, but I just don’t buy it. That would have leaked out one way or another. The pressure is huge there and I am sure that it felt like a heart attack, but I can guarantee you that it was just a stress-related anxiety attack. Again, news of a real heart attack would have leaked out or literally dozens of hospital staff members would have been counted on to keep quiet. Can you name a time in recent history where someone did not call TMZ?? Sorry, he did not have a heart attack.
    BTW, I just love the term “Ass Hat”…just a classic! I would also bet that Urban Meyer will not coach again…. for at least a couple years. He will take next year off for sure.

  12. Sports Fan FL says: Dec 27, 2009 6:12 AM

    Coach Urban is and will always be a Class Act .
    Mr Myers is a totally unselfish person who now must redirect his efforts to become a whole person for himself, his family and to pursue future endeavors that fit an appropriate lifestyle.
    Urban,
    I truly appreciate the time given to the Gators program and advancing the lives of many men
    in an environment of integrity.
    If one asks about one’s priorities and Health is not on The Top of the list, What is?

  13. Lawrence Scott says: Dec 27, 2009 7:56 AM

    I believe that this heart problem, while true, is also a deft way to resign so as to avoid a rebuilding season without Tim Tebow.
    Urban Meyer will probably not coach for 2010, then sign a lucrative contract to coach another college team, such as Notre Dame, in 2011.

  14. woodman says: Dec 27, 2009 8:51 AM

    Still needs to be the center of attention during the bowl season. His health isn’t driving him out immediately, he is waiting til after the Sugar Bowl. Why not hold the announcement til after the bowls. He has been a selfish egotist since his ND days.

  15. frogcycle says: Dec 27, 2009 9:07 AM

    To all the medical expert know-it-alls doubting this: I had a heart attack this fall and did not know what it was. I told nobody. Later I had chest pains and saw a dr.; they did an ekg and told me I had had a heart attack sometime in the past few months. I can id two or three episodes that could have been it. They came on from exercise sometimes, from high stress on one notable occasion. I have now had two angioplasties for critically blocked arteries.
    Recovery involves diet, exercise, and stress management. I was already there for the first two. If I had the money I would have quit work immediately and spend time with family and stay “chilled out” 100% of the time.

  16. piry25 says: Dec 27, 2009 9:18 AM

    Where is your sense of compassion? Are we in a society that is too cynical to accept other people decisions. Is his business if he decide to retire regardless of what reason.
    As a Nole fan I respect the man.

  17. frogcycle says: Dec 27, 2009 10:30 AM

    To all the medical expert know-it-alls doubting this: I had a heart attack this fall and did not know what it was. I told nobody. Later I had chest pains and saw a dr.; they did an ekg and told me I had had a heart attack sometime in the past few months. I can id two or three episodes that could have been it. They came on from exercise sometimes, from high stress on one notable occasion. I have now had two angioplasties for critically blocked arteries.
    Recovery involves diet, exercise, and stress management. I was already there for the first two. If I had the money I would have quit work immediately and spend time with family and stay “chilled out” 100% of the time.

  18. frogcycle says: Dec 27, 2009 10:35 AM

    To Bearcats83
    I can guarantee that you don’t know what the #$%^$^ you are talking about and are an arrogant jerk.

  19. Urban Meyer reportedly retired due to health concerns | CollegeFootballTalk says: Dec 12, 2010 11:55 AM

    […] because health reasons made continuing on as head coach too risky. ¬†Meyer was rumored to have been dealing with heart issues that forced his brief retirement and subsequent sabbatical, although Meyer stated publicly that he […]

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