Florida coach Urban Meyer runs a reverse and may come back to coaching next year
December 28, 2009
(ChattahBox) — Citing health concerns this weekend Florida coach Urban Meyer resigned from coaching. But quickly backtracking now, Meyer has withdrawn his resignation Sunday and decided instead to take an indefinite leave of absence, and expects to be on the sideline leading the Gators when next season opens.
“I do in my gut believe that will happen,” he said Sunday at a Sugar Bowl news conference.
Offensive co-ordinator Steve Addazio will run the team during his absence, but Meyer will coach the fifth-ranked Gators in the Sugar Bowl against No. 4 Cincinnati on Jan. 1, then take some time off in hopes of alleviating recurring chest pains. Meyer admitted on Saturday, that the night of the Gators’ SEC championship loss to Alabama on Dec. 5, 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. This was a more severe instance but Meyer admitted he had experienced similar pains the past two years. Meyer, 45, said his close connection with players led him to re-evaluate a decision to leave the program he led to two national championships over the past five years, and called Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley after yesterday’s practice to discuss his options.