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Florida coach Urban Meyer stepping down as head coach

GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida coach Urban Meyer announced on Saturday that he is resigning as head coach of the Florida Gators football team.

Through a statement released by the University of Florida, Meyer indicated that his health is the reason for the decision.

"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," Meyer said. "I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family."

Meyer checked himself into Shands Hospital at the University of Florida a few hours after the Gators lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game. According to the university, Meyer was treated for dehydration but Meyer has lived with an arachnoid cyst in his brain for many years. The cyst was first discovered when Meyer was head coach at Utah, but Meyer has suffered from symptoms such as head aches and fatigue since his days as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

According to UF, Meyer will be available at a Sugar Bowl press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when the Gators arrive in New Orleans.

-jo-

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