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Urban Meyer reportedly retired due to health concerns

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When Urban Meyer abruptly and stunningly stepped down as Florida’s head coach Wednesday, he said that, unlike last year’s flip-flop, his health was not a factor in his decision.

According to the Gainesville Sun, and confirmed by the Associated Press, it indeed was.

The Sun reported Sunday morning that Meyer stepped down 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 was suffering from esophageal spasms.

Apparently, those issues remained even as he was taking medication that was reportedly keeping the episodes under control.

Meyer was told by doctors last week that the symptoms he continues to experience — including burning sensations in his chest — would raise his cardiovascular risk factors, so he decided it necessitated his resignation, according to the source. Meyer had been told a year ago that if his symptoms continued, it would increase his cardiovascular risks if he continued to coach.

Meyer said earlier in the week that he will not be coaching in 2011insert skepticism here — although he did not rule out a return to the sidelines in the future.  Obviously, based on the past year, his return — whenever it is — will be directly tied to how successful he is in getting his health issues under control.

As for his immediate future, Meyer plans on remaining in some capacity at the university and will coach the Gators in the Outback Bowl against Penn State New Year’s Day.

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29 Responses to “Urban Meyer reportedly retired due to health concerns”
  1. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 12:17 PM

    It all depends on what pharmaceutical company…….either Merck of Pfizer gets the new TimTebowalim drug on the market first, funny how when he was on top of the BCS field, never heard of his health concerns……..He’s a Quitter, and will look for the next golden oppturnity to look…….well……Golden

  2. gatorfan1 says: Dec 12, 2010 12:38 PM

    Is it easy going through life “acting” stupid??

    Because you’re very convincing at it!!

  3. steelers6pack says: Dec 12, 2010 12:46 PM

    I have a feeling that Scam Newton will bring down Florida and Auburn so Urban took the high road!

  4. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 12:58 PM

    bodybaggame says:


    My sister had a stroke in June and I found out that it wasn’t her first but she didn’t want anyone to know about her problems because she didn’t want people worrying about her and trying to change her lifestyle. Because of privacy laws and the way that people want to keep their lives private, you or anyone else won’t have a clue about a coach’s health unless he wants you to know. It’s stupid to call the guy a quitter because he isn’t.

  5. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2010 1:04 PM

    Let’s see, to be with my children or health concerns.

    Just be straight Urban, be a man about it.

  6. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 1:10 PM

    Yeah yeah, fact is he quit, simple as that, you all act as if he is this 74 year old peice of weathered leather, and his time is up…he’s 46 years old, and has made millions of dollars, is well set as is his family, has better health care than most americans, i GUARANTEE you that within a year or a grace period of 18 months, he takes on another high pressure HC job, one with a stellar recruting class,and a bigger paycheck, this is not a man living hoping to see another day, he simply quit cause the pressure overwhelmed him, blame the gator nation for this lame ass excuse……..

  7. jtdownsouth says: Dec 12, 2010 1:33 PM

    Urban is a jerk, always has been. He puts on a good face. Reminds me of “Dexter.” Let the man go somewhere and wallow in his millions…

  8. Joseph says: Dec 12, 2010 1:40 PM

    I’m a big Gator fan, but straight-up it didn’t seem like a family issue (after 25 years?), or a physical health issue. He just looked burned-out all year to me, kind of like Obama has the last several months – no disrespect to either. We need a strong president, and the Gators need a strong coach.

    Praying the Lord’s blessing on them both.

  9. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 1:49 PM

    I’m not saying that he won’t come back but that he isn’t a quitter. I’m guessing that you are and you see you in him.

  10. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    Ok edgy,No reason to get personal, but..if it’s politically correct and makes ya feel better……..he’s a resigner…….feel better now?

  11. Deb says: Dec 12, 2010 2:32 PM

    You know, guys, Urban Meyer doesn’t owe us any explanation about why he’s resigning. It’s his business. We Steelers fans were all sure we knew exactly why Bill Cowher left–and some of our speculation was probably correct. But none of us knew of his wife’s terminal illness until her death a few months ago.

    Meyer is a young man, and I suspect he’ll return to coaching at some point, health permitting. My only question is what he’ll do at Florida next year. It would be awkward for Muschamp to have the two-time NC winner in the wings while he’s trying to put his imprint on things.

  12. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    Meyer very well could be the AD in waiting for Foley to retire. Meyer is too classy to anyway hinder Muschamp and that will NOT happen.
    Deb—as a footnote–we aren’t stealing Kirby Smart we are trading you Steve Addazio for him.
    Seems fair enough—lol

  13. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 2:51 PM

    bodybaggame says:


    When I worked at a high pressure job, I came in one day after a couple of days off and I noticed that one of the guys that I worked with was not in his cubicle. This guy never took a day off, missed all his family functions and when he was on the phone, he always looked like he was one phone call away from a heart attack. I asked someone where he was and they told me that when someone got suspicious after 3 hours when his station wasn’t taking any calls and FINALLY showed up at his cubicle, they found him clutching his chest and he had been dead for about 3 hours. Despite all that, the company kept pushing the people that day and a few of them walked off the job that day and they all took lower paying, less stressful jobs and never looked back. Now, you can hate on Meyer all you want but he quit last year after having a much better season so it’s not like he looked at this year and decided to quit after having a bad season. FYI, I’m NOT a Gator fan so if you think I’m making excuses for him because of that, you’re WAY OFF and the Gator fans here will tell you that.

  14. williered says: Dec 12, 2010 2:52 PM

    The bottom line is Urban Meyer does not owe anyone, with the exception of his immediate boss, the AD, any explanation as to why he has decided to step down. All the speculation is a meaningless

  15. John Taylor says: Dec 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Deb—as a footnote–we aren’t stealing Kirby Smart we are trading you Steve Addazio for him.

    There have been a lot of mean, cruel and uncalled for things written on this site; that might be the lowest blow of ’em all blitz.

  16. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 3:02 PM

    he quit…….and i guess all those boys who like brandon spikes who after going on to the NFL, after trying to gouge an opponents eyes out in college, and then getting busted for perf0mance enhancing drugs, will say…….Coach Meyer instilled in me the intregrity of the game

  17. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    JT—I take exception—it appears they are about to lose McElwain and if we take Smart at least we can help (couldn’t type that and not chuckle mao) soften the blow!

    burntorangehorn—we know you have been gored but come out and talk to us—you do still have Brown to rebuild around…..well….sorry

  18. Deb says: Dec 12, 2010 3:36 PM

    It’s okay, JT. He can’t upset me while the Steeler defense is running back pick sixes. 😉

    blitz … you’re counting your chickens before they hatch, aren’t you? Don’t believe any Bama coach has gone anywhere yet. But Saban’s from the Belichick coaching tree, and ol’ BB has managed to lose a lot of assistants but keep producing winning teams. So did Cowher. The real defensive mind at Bama is Saban. As long as Nick sticks around, I figure he can handle the other comings and goings … just like he handled Urban :)

  19. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 3:45 PM

    Saban really was a defensive mind while coaching the Dolphins,uh huh but then he QUIT, cause he needed to coach boys instead of men…….go figure

  20. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 3:56 PM

    bodybaggame says:


    Where do you get your info, Facts Aren’t Us? They went from 354 points to 317 in his first year and 317 to 283 in his second season. The problem with his team was QB, especially when they went cheap and decided to sign Culpepper instead of Brees.

  21. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2010 3:57 PM


    we have a “new” antagonist amongst us :-)

  22. WingT says: Dec 12, 2010 3:58 PM


    There are no boys on Alabama’s football team, they are all men…just wanted to set that straight. Oh, and one other thing, bite me.

    Well stated regarding Saban being the real defensive mind at Bama and his ability to reload his staff. And you’re right about Blitz, he’s a chicken counter, lol

    Throwing Addazio under the bus still doesn’t explain Florida’s melt down this year, but keep believing that…we’ll see you in Gainesville next year and give Willy Boy an introduction party to the SEC

  23. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2010 4:23 PM


    Addazio was not the only problem in Gainesville.
    Just asking—is going to Bama considered being thrown under a bus?

    Be careful what you wish for coming to G-ville next yr. That is the 1st of a big 3 game stretch for us:
    10/1 vs Bama
    10/8 @ LSU
    10/15 @ Auburn

  24. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2010 5:31 PM

    ******Breaking News*******
    SB Nation and The Gainesville Sun are reporting that Addazio is out after the Outback bowl and Major Applewhite will be the Gator OC……..

  25. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 5:38 PM

    In two stints as OC, the Major’s offenses scored 350 and 352 points. Florida’s this year — 351. 😯

  26. frug says: Dec 12, 2010 7:42 PM

    Meyer said earlier in the week that he will not be coaching in 2011 — insert skepticism here

    There is no way Meyer coaches next year. Even if he does change his mind in a few months, there are not any jobs available that are as prestigious as the one he just gave up and he isn’t going to unretire to take a “demotion”. That said, if there are openings at Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC or Alabama (all of which are conceivable) in the 2012 or 2013, and Meyer is feeling better, then he might get back in the action.

  27. sportsdrenched says: Dec 12, 2010 10:03 PM

    Ok fine, He quit. If his health and family were the reasons he quit. Good for him.

    I went to a funeral yesterday for a person that died from a heart attack.

    I’ve also worked that 65-70 hour a week job with a corner office, and all the status that goes with it. But it wasn’t worth it. It damn near cost me my marriage and did some good damage to my health. I “quit”, found a less stressful job and moved to the country. I’m a hell of a lot healthier and happier.

    Good Luck in whatever you do Urban.

  28. WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 8:09 AM

    We’ll take Addazio if he wants to caoch at Bama – he’s a damn good coach and recruiter.

    Florida 7 -5 in 2011 maybe 8-4

  29. blitz4848 says: Dec 13, 2010 10:56 AM


    He’s available—he got his pink slip yesterday.
    That would be embarrassing for you wouldn’t it,
    since one of those 8 will be over Bama?
    The last I checked the Gators were 2nd in the SEC East and Bama was 4th in the West. It appears y’all have more teams to climb over.

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