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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Corch Meyers Steps Down at Florida

Shocking news out of Gainesville... Florida coach Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach of the Gators for health reasons.

This is breaking news and not much follow-up just yet, but here's the statement released by Florida from Meyer:

"I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program. I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.

"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.

"I'm proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida.

"I'm very appreciative for the opportunity I've had to be a part of a tremendous institution - from Dr. Machen to Jeremy Foley and the entire administrative staff at UF. I'm also very thankful for the chance to work with some of the best assistants in college football and coach some of the best college football players and watch them grow both on and off the field as people. I will cherish the relationships with them the most."


Anonymous said...

if the bulldogs are not settled for recruits for next year

the gators are falling into an hole where the sun will not shine for years because who will they find to replace this guy at this late date

suspect many change of minds for florida want to be's

Carter said...

Holy crap, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Can't hurt us for sure!!

JasonC said...

Does Florida try to steal Strong back?
Do they get Mullen to return? Or go after Willingham? Tubberville?

MikeInValdosta said...

Bring back the ZOOKER!!!

TyDurden said...

One Word:

Dawg '85 said...

This is a bittersweet announcement... this must be very serious for his health. I will intentionally boycott AJC blogs until the full story is out. As much as I dislike UF, I would never hope for any misfortune for an individual. There will be so many people talking about Tebow's healing tears, etc. I hope Dawgs fans will be above that... with this timing it must be something serious. I wish the best for UM and his family on the personal side, and I hope the Dawgs rule the SEC in the 2KTeens.

JasonC said...

Correction: Wittingham, not Willingham.

Anonymous said...

Well said Dawg '85. It must be very serious, and I wish him the best. As much as I have always disliked the man and his team, we should remember that - at the end of the day - this is just a game. Plus, the rivalry is better with a nemesis like Meyer.

Anonymous said...

Christmas comes on the 26th for the Dawgs!

But I wouldn't take the job w the shadow of CUM looming in the corner, but from UF point of view they get a spoke person for $4M/ yr - need to justify that exp. some way!