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He gone: Gators coach Urban Meyer steps down

Well, you got your wish. Steve Addazio is probably out as offensive coordinator, but Urban Meyer is gone too.

According to a UF release, Meyer began thinking about retirement over the weekend, and he and athletics director Jeremy Foley finalized it Tuesday. There will be a press conference at 6, and until then, it's pointless to do a ton of speculating. Meyer will coach the team through the Outback Bowl.

Gator Clause founder Joe Goodman and I had this talk at the beginning of the season, and we both felt this would happen after this season if things went badly. He can't bring UF back to national prominence without going back to his former workhorse coaching style, and it isn't worth it to him for the costs to his family and health.

Here's what Meyer had to say in the release:

“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.

“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. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”

I'll have more later today.


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