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Meyer 911 call: 'Urban, Urban talk to me please'

Earlier this evening, ESPN.com released a report on a 911 call made from the home of Urban Meyer in the hours after the SEC Championship game.  A call that ultimately led to the Florida coach being “rushed” to a local hospital.

Tonight, the Orlando Sentinel has made public the audio from the 911 call, which they obtained from the Alucha County Sherriff’s Office.

The call was placed at 4:27 a.m. ET on Dec. 6 by Meyer’s wife Shelley.  Shelley Meyer could be heard telling the 911 operator at the beginning of the call that “my husband’s having chest pain.  He’s having chest pain, he just woke up in the middle of the night and said he’s having chest pain.  He’s on the floor.”

Shelley Meyer could be heard repeatedly throughout the audio tape saying some derivative of “Urban, Urban, talk to me.”

Knowing who exactly this conversation involves, it is quite chilling listening to the conversation between Meyer’s wife and the 911 operator.  The fact that there was the coach of a two-time BcS champion school lying on the floor, unresponsive, throughout this conversation makes it very, very unsettling to listen to.

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  1. EskinSux says: Dec 30, 2009 8:43 PM

    The fact that there was the coach of a two-time BcS champion school lying on the floor, unresponsive, throughout this conversation makes it very, very unsettling to listen to.
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    I for one, think the media playing 911 calls are, simply put….too much info.I don’t need to listen to this, and I don’t know why the media thinks i want to…But The last paragraph of this blurb sums it up perfectly…I guess if he was……..say your local trashman, or the guy who takes the toll money when you cross a bridge, it would have been less chilling? I’m sure anyone who dials 911, is in a frantic situtation. And I’m sure alot of the calls are chilling or heartbreaking…..Not just those of two-time BCS champions coaches…..In fact, I don’t know what the hell his profession has to do with it…..

  2. cgmac says: Dec 30, 2009 9:07 PM

    Perfectly said EskinSux
    Why should it be any less chilling if I’m laying on the ground fighting a heart ailment? Possible heart attack while my wife is calling 911 to get help……
    JT I love the work you do here, and can’t keep off the site for more than an hour or so, but don’t post much.
    Maybe we are being a bit sensitive, but come on, really?

  3. josecanseco says: Dec 30, 2009 9:51 PM

    I too am sick of all of this news porn that has taken over the 24 hour news cycle.
    Although this has to beg the question… Why the hell did Meyer reverse course so quickly without even letting his family know of his decision? When he collapsed did he suffer head trauma?
    I guess his whole “God, Family, Football” is well just words… unless God spoke to him and told him to not give it up.

  4. subadai says: Dec 30, 2009 9:51 PM

    I think the point here is that the guy was laying on the floor and is wife thought he was in serious trouble.
    I am an ND fan and no great fan of Meyer or of UofF but… Geez… dead id dead. He is still part of our family and, even though I love football, it it NOT something worth dying for.
    Urban will do what he thinks is best, but his kids need a father…. that is the most important thing. Hope he remembers this.

  5. BagmanTT says: Dec 30, 2009 10:35 PM

    Urban actually wanted to go coach Notre Dame and his incident was going to allow him to do so. Then Florida came to him and said, we’ll give you even more money. So sorry ND. It happened again. First from Utah, then from Florida.

  6. YP2K says: Dec 30, 2009 10:41 PM

    Wow. Irvin Meyers and Florida sure made up a whopper about it being dehydration . . .

  7. Deb says: Dec 31, 2009 12:07 AM

    This audio wasn’t particularly chilling. Though she must have been scared to death, Mrs. Meyer was admirably calm. She said almost immediately that Urban was breathing. We know now he didn’t have a heart attack that night. Apparently his chest pains were caused by stress and his lack of response seems to have been the result of taking Ambien, which can cause those kinds of symptoms as well as a sort of amnesia in people who engage in activity before the drug wears off.
    Can’t help recalling then Atlanta Falcons Coach Dan Reeves having to step away from the sidelines to undergo a quadruple bypass in 1999, then coming back less than a month later to lead his team to the Super Bowl–against the team that done him wrong. Talk about heart crises and stress! When Meyer resigned, he said his condition was not life-threatening, and nothing that’s been released so far has indicated otherwise. It’s just difficult to understand the role any health “crisis” has played in this odd story.

  8. Voice of Football says: Dec 31, 2009 2:51 AM

    As if the Craig James thing wasn’t sordid enough, this hits a new ESPN low. Hey ESPN, how about reporting about SPORT, or have you become a TMZ wannabe?!?

  9. firesmith says: Dec 31, 2009 7:40 AM

    Alabama broke his heart, and left Tebow crying.
    The Crimson Tide has stomped him flat, and now the poor man’s dying.
    No matter how he coaches now, that game is all remembered.
    And how he quit and came back again, all in one December.
    He’ll go again, you mark my words, the man is all but done.
    The waffle house will take him in, for Alabama has just begun.

  10. Shazam! says: Dec 31, 2009 8:50 AM

    That’s a really stupid poem.

  11. nickstanley says: Dec 31, 2009 9:01 AM

    One thing is clear, Mrs Meyer is not the person you want around in an emergency…

  12. Rabid Dog1 says: Dec 31, 2009 10:48 AM

    I have to agree with Voice of Football on this one.
    I was suprised to hear the 911 call on Mike and Mike this morning. I guess they never plan to invite Urban Meyer on the show. If I was him, I would never speak to an ESPN reporter again.

  13. Deb says: Dec 31, 2009 11:30 AM

    My only question about the incident is–since he wasn’t communicative, how did he complain of chest pains? It’s possible that he tried to get out of bed, stumbled due to the effects of the Ambien, and when she couldn’t rouse him she panicked and thought it might be a heart attack.
    Maybe there’s not anything strange going on here. It could be that after this incident, his wife pressured him to resign–after all, she’s the one who told the press there was no way he’d change his mind. Then when he had time to think, he realized it wasn’t what he wanted and that his health situation wasn’t that serious. So he backtracked and just doesn’t want to give details about the internal family drama.

  14. Seeryer says: Dec 31, 2009 11:33 AM

    I contend Shelley Meyer is in awful physical shape herself. She looks horrible right now. Form a health perspective, not a beauty perspective. She is either under intense anxiety due to the situation with Urban or she is abusing medication or some other drugs. On that call I could not tell if she was upset at Urban for being passed out or was to whacked out on something to show much emotion. You want to find out the real Urban Meyer story you find out the real Shelley Meyer story.

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