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Reports: Urban Meyer stepping down… again

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Well, it appears as if it’s deja vu all over again.

Less than 12 months after retiring and then un-retiring, Urban Meyer is apparently stepping down as Florida’s head coach.  There’s no word on if he will be stepping back up tomorrow.

According to Todd Wright of Sporting News radio, GatorUpdates.com and AOL Fanhouse‘s Brett McMurphy Meyer will announce at a 5 p.m. ET press conference Wednesday that he is resigning/retiring as the Gators’ head coach.  There are no further details available at this time, other than GatorUpdates reporting over the weekend that Meyer checked into a hospital the week of the UGA game and has been undergoing tests since.

Obviously, we’ll have more on this story throughout the day and well into the night…

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21 Responses to “Reports: Urban Meyer stepping down… again”
  1. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:15 PM

    Urban Meyer and Brett Farve should just get a room.

  2. corydscott says: Dec 8, 2010 2:17 PM

    Let me start the Urban Meyer to the Broncos to be reunited w/ Tebow rumors right now.

  3. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:24 PM

    It’s official.

    Next question is who gets the Mississippi State job once Mullen takes the Florida job?

  4. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:27 PM

    It’s a done deal and it’s not temporary. Jeremy Foley, UF AD has made it official. Works for me and a lot of other alums…… :-)

  5. WingT says: Dec 8, 2010 2:29 PM

    I truly hope Urban’s health is not the issue. I know a lot of people other than Gator fans hate him but he truly is a class guy and a great coach. He genuinely cares about his players.

    Best of luck Urban

  6. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:31 PM

    Don’t bet it Mullen—Florida is one of the best football coaching jobs in the nation and we will have our pick. Jeremy will handle this quickly, professionally and we won’t lose any recruits.
    Foley is the best AD in the nation and he runs UF just like a fortune 500 co. CEO and is very very good at his job.

  7. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:33 PM

    blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:31 PM

    Don’t bet it Mullen—Florida is one of the best football coaching jobs in the nation and we will have our pick. Jeremy will handle this quickly, professionally and we won’t lose any recruits.
    Foley is the best AD in the nation and he runs UF just like a fortune 500 co. CEO and is very very good at his job.

    Keep telling yourself that.

  8. gatorfan1 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    blitz4848:

    2 NC’s in 6 years and 1 game away from playing for a third. Which would have been half the time he was coach there.

    As an alum & SEASON TICKET holder, You’re a dick!!!

  9. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:45 PM

    spudvol says:
    Dec 8, 2010 2:33 PM

    Keep telling yourself that.

    Let’s see–UF has the best record in the NCAA since 1990, been in the SEC Ch game the most,
    won it the most, has 2 NC the past 5 yrs, in the top 3 salary wise, best state to recruit in nation plus we have beaten Tennessee 5 straight yrs, 3 of those in Rocky Top and we weren’t stupid enough to hire Lame Kiffin—ROFLMAO.

  10. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    blitz4848

    When you get done picking those cherries run into the kitchen and bake us a pie.

  11. spudvol says: Dec 8, 2010 2:54 PM

    blitz4848

    RecruitingAJC Chip Towers
    Does this eliminate Gators for 5-star Ray Drew: “I’m not going say it X’s them out but that’s a problem. A big problem.”
    2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  12. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:55 PM

    gatorfan1 says:
    Dec 8, 2010 2:44 PM
    As an alum & SEASON TICKET holder, You’re a dick!!!

    Now that you have vented—put your brain back in gear. Urban has personal issues and probably won’t coach anymore. Urban never really got fully back into it since last yr and he will tell you that. He thought he had but now realizes he isn’t/wasn’t 110% vested anymore. Urban is a good coach and he was a true Gator and will always have a place in the Gator Nation. Losing all his coaches, Gonzalez, Mullen, Strong, etc, as well as all the player personal issues have taken their toll–it’s affected his health as well as his family life. I never meant any disrespect towards Urban and have spoken with him several times at Gator events over the past 5 1/2 yrs and think he was one of Jeremy’s best hires.
    Wait until they speak in a few hours at the press conference.

  13. bobulated says: Dec 8, 2010 3:00 PM

    Please ESPN for the love of all that’s holy, hire him to replace Lou Holtz.

  14. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:03 PM

    spudvol

    that AJC stuff doesn’t pan out half the time—you have Lowndes on there claiming Drew was a Dawg lock and that sure isn’t the case—we’ll have to wait and see who Foley brings in—I am not sold that the job is Mullen’s—Jeremy may have a big surprise up his sleeve. I need to do some texting.

  15. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:17 PM

    Florida coach Urban Meyer said this afternoon he will step down as head football coach after his team’s appearance in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

    “I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field,” Meyer said in a statement. “The decision to step down was a difficult one.”

    Meyer has five seasons and $20 million left on his current contract. (AP file photo)

    Meyer, 46, won two national championships in six seasons at Florida.

  16. gatorfan1 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:18 PM

    blitz4848:

    If you had said it that way the first time I would not have commented.

    I’m not sure I buy into the “he wasn’t as vested this year” and no I do not remember him EVER saying that. I also go to Gator functions.

    I believe he was as vested as always but this was not a very successful year. Unfortunately, there has been a real undercurrent of dissatisfaction this year from Gator fans, which is absurd.

    Every school has idiot fans who believe their team should win the NC every year and if they don’t they want a change.

    Hopefully you not and weren’t one of those, because quite frankly I despise those kinds of fans and wish THEY would stay away from the program. Alum or not!!

  17. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:26 PM

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said it has been “an honor and privilege” to have Meyer coach the Gators the past six seasons.

    “The championships, the mentoring of young men and his commitment to the University of Florida have indeed been special,” Meyer said. “As good of a coach as he is, he’s a better person and a great friend. He has given everything he has to this institution and we are grateful for the experiences. It a chapter in our history that is closing, but I know Urban wants to remain involved with the University and the Gainesville community. He absolutely loves the Gators.”

  18. blitz4848 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:29 PM

    “As I have said many times, Urban Meyer’s integrity and commitment to his players and the University of Florida are beyond reproach,” Florida president Bernie Machen said in a statement. “He leaves an outstanding legacy, on the field and in the classroom. I know that all Gators wish nothing but the best for Coach Meyer as we recognize his extraordinary achievements with a great sense of pride and appreciation.”

  19. louholtzcfb says: Dec 8, 2010 3:44 PM

    “bobulated says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:00 PM
    Please ESPN for the love of all that’s holy, hire him to replace Lou Holtz.”

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  20. Tom Honea says: Dec 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    when and where do the dominoes stop falling as a result of this ?

  21. dkhhuey says: Dec 8, 2010 8:38 PM

    For f@#$ sake – lets see if I have this right:

    Last year – losses the SEC title game and Timmy Tebow, has a panic attack, calls 911. Retires citing all kinds of love for his family, god, and health which takes total priority over football so he quits. Nauseating stream of endless babbling about how stressed he was and how coaches are all too stressed. Urban wakes up the next day and says he really didn’t quit, he really meant to say he was taking an extended leave with no date of return. The following day, it was reduced to a few days vacation.

    Today – has a thoroughly sh!tty season, no 911 calls or feigned health issues – just more quitting for ‘family’ priorities again. More nauseating drama and endless stories about how stressed out he and other coaches are.

    Hmmm – by tomorrow, he’ll be reunited with Timmy Tebow as head coach of the Broncos.

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