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Stunner: Meyer stepping down as Gator coach

While the details are still extremely sketchy right now, the most stunning story of the 2009 college football season — and perhaps this decade — is in the process of going down.

Urban Meyer is stepping down as Florida’s head coach.

According to the report during the Meineke Car Care Bowl between Pittsburgh and North Carolina, athletic director Jeremy Foley has announced that Meyer’s run as coach is coming to an end.

There has been no explanation given as to why Meyer is leaving, or whether he will coach the Gators in the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati.  Meyer is expected to meet with the media to discuss this absolutely stunning turn of events.

Shortly after the SEC Championship game loss to Alabama, Meyer admitted himself to a Gainesville hospital for what was described as dehydration.  At this point in time, there’s no indication that Meyer’s health played a role in this decision.

Obviously, we’ll have more on this shocking twist as the details become available.

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23 Responses to “Stunner: Meyer stepping down as Gator coach”
  1. McCormack10 says: Dec 26, 2009 7:05 PM

    WOW.

  2. Desertman says: Dec 26, 2009 7:05 PM

    major health concerns
    Major family issues
    He will coach TT’s last game in orange/blue
    get your facts

  3. Sean Martin says: Dec 26, 2009 7:07 PM

    Hello, Cleveland. And who would have thought Tebow would go in the top 5 draft picks?!?!

  4. Packerhq.net says: Dec 26, 2009 7:08 PM

    “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.”
    More then meets the eye here.

  5. C. says: Dec 26, 2009 7:10 PM

    Cleveland just got a college coach.

  6. StatAddict says: Dec 26, 2009 7:11 PM

    Addicted to painkillers. Read it here first…

  7. The Wishbone says: Dec 26, 2009 7:16 PM

    “At this point in time, there’s no indication that Meyer’s health played a role in this decision.”
    WTF?
    The statement saying he’s stepping down CITES HIS HEALTH AS THE REASON!

  8. peachtree says: Dec 26, 2009 7:17 PM

    In a story published by Sports Illustrated this week, Meyer revealed that doctors discovered an arachnoid cyst on his brain when he worked as an assistant coach at Notre Dame in 1998.
    According to the report, doctors didn’t consider the cyst to be life-threatening but told Meyer he could suffer from head pain if the condition flared up because of stress.

  9. BcS_h8er says: Dec 26, 2009 7:17 PM

    Hmmm something fishy here! NFL? Coaching Tebow in the pros?

  10. Robert says: Dec 26, 2009 7:18 PM

    Wow…this just caught me off guard. I just hope that he is okay. It’s a very sad day for Gator nation. Maybe Meyer can get some rest in time to take over in Ann Arbor after next season.

  11. pharaoh says: Dec 26, 2009 7:20 PM

    There was a story in Sports Illustrated two weeks ago about Meyer’s brain cyst. I wonder if his condition has worsened over the years. I guess we will know when he comes out and tells everybody.
    Until then, we can just guess that he is afraid of Lane Kiffin without little Timmy around.

  12. PiKindaGuy says: Dec 26, 2009 7:26 PM

    Yes, yes it does: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4772952&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

  13. John Taylor says: Dec 26, 2009 7:26 PM

    Calm down people. The post was written before the health concerns were confirmed.

  14. The Wishbone says: Dec 26, 2009 7:31 PM

    “Calm down people. The post was written before the health concerns were confirmed.”
    But the health concerns were confirmed IN the statement about him stepping down. It wasn’t a rumor. And your post was written after the statement came out. I’m still confused how you didn’t know what everyone else had already seen on ESPN and several websites. You’re supposed to be the guy in the know. : )

  15. rhf123 says: Dec 26, 2009 7:57 PM

    It’ll be nice to see arrogant Florida fans taste mediocrity again.

  16. syge says: Dec 26, 2009 8:13 PM

    soon it will be revealed that he’s been banging Tebow.

  17. Bucforever says: Dec 26, 2009 8:15 PM

    Lou could use a partner at ESPN. Less stress , more time at home , fun fun fun. God bless you Urban, our prayers are with you.

  18. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 26, 2009 9:06 PM

    “afraid of Lane Kiffin.”
    LOL! That’s hilarious…. I don’t think Tennessee’s own practice squad is afraid of Kiffin…

  19. Clevelander says: Dec 26, 2009 9:09 PM

    He was sleeping with Tiger Woods.
    And he’s going to be the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  20. Deb says: Dec 26, 2009 11:55 PM

    According to his statement and his interview w/Kirk Herbstreit, his condition is not life-threatening but is stress-related. Presumably, his job is no more stressful now than it was two years ago or last year.
    Hmmmm.
    What is this … three or four SEC coaches to step down or be fired after losing to Nick Saban?
    Well, like they say, if you can’t stand the heat …

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