Citing health concerns Florida coach Urban Meyer resigns
December 27, 2009
(ChattahBox) — Urban Meyer, who was admitted to a hospital because of chest pains following the SEC championship game, is stepping down as the University if Florida’s football coach. After two national championships, and within one victory of playing for a third this season, not to mention a 22-game winning streak, Meyer who is 45, is stepping down as head coach to “re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family,” he said in a statement Saturday night.
Meyer told the New York Times on Saturday, that the night of the Gators’ SEC championship loss to Alabama on Dec. 5, was a turning point. Meyer had experienced similar pains the past two years, but this time was different, as he said he awoke in the middle of the night with severe chest pains, before losing consciousness. He was transported to the hospital in an ambulance and underwent more than nine hours of testing.
“There was no heart damage,” Meyer told the Times. “But I didn’t want there to be a bad day where there were three kids sitting around wondering what to do next. It was the pattern of what I was doing and how I was doing it. It was self-destructive.”
According to the Times, Meyer told his family on Christmas night that he would be resigning. He said his 18-year-old daughter hugged him and said, “I get my daddy back.”
“I saw it as a sign from God that this was the right thing to do,” said Meyer, who is walking away from a $4 million-a-year contract.