Urban Meyer Resigns as Florida Gators Coach
For the second consecutive season Urban Meyer resigns as the Florida Gators head football coach. Last season it was more-so due to health related issues and only lasted one day before he announced an indefinite leave of absences – Meyer returned for spring practices this season. At age 46, Meyer made no hints about his health, but a desire to spend more time focusing on his family.
This announcement comes off of his worst season as the Gators head man: 7-5. The University of Florida released a statement on Wednesday citing his reasons which mainly centered around focusing more on family.
“At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp 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. But, after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports.”
According to ESPN, Meyer will be walking away from almost $20 million in guaranteed money. He led the Gators to two National Championships during his 6-year tenure. Meyer will coach his final game for the Gators in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, against Penn State in Tampa Bay.