Urban Meyer Resigns: University Of Florida Football Coach Quits
Urban Meyer Resigns, Head Coach, University Of Florida Gators Football Quits: To Coach In Outback Bowl, January 1, 2011
Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach of the University of Florida Gators football team.
Meyer also resigned last year before the Sugar Bowl, but then rejoined the team.
Florida is headed to the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to play Penn State.
Urban Meyers had an incredible record as head coach of Gators Football, taking the University of Florida to 6 consecutive bowl appearances and two national championships.
Meyer, 46, informed Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that he was contemplating resigning and the two finalized the plan Tuesday. Meyer told the Gators of his decision during a team meeting earlier this afternoon. UF has scheduled a press conference for 6 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where Meyer and Foley will address the media.
Meyer will remain Florida’s head coach through the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day.
“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate 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. The decision to step down was a difficult one.