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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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I think we all predicted this Mike. I'm sure he's already penned in as the next Bronco's head coach.

Can we recap, please:

1. 'Bama beat down;
2. Billy Gonzalez post-it resignation shows no respect for nutjob Urban;
2. Miami(OH) puke job;
3. 7-5;
4. Dan McCarney says, "this Gainesville place is a dump. I'm outy."
5. Nutjob Urban says, "Dan, wait for me."
6. Gatard Trash Nation implodes. will not be seen or heard from for another 100 years.



This is a blessing in disguise for the Gator's. Meyer's heart was not in it anymore (because the UF fans are the most unrealistic in the nation), and Meyer was never going to fire Addazio.

Think about the Miss. State fans, they thought they dodged a bullet with Mullen over the weekend, now they KNOW he's gone!!

Like no1 saw this comin.
Josh McDaniels is canned at denver, urbin quits on the GAtors.. Urbin back with teabag.. Looks like brokeback mountain 2...

Urbin addresses team he quit on 2day & quotin players it was very unemotional & very business-like (medicated or not medicated??).
More classlessness by the car salesmen, only cares about his resume. (1 more year at 7-5 & no1 will want him). So move on like pete carroll did, b4 the posse gets in2 town.

Chris Peterson the next great coach at UF

UM enjoy what ever coaches are left...

Actually, Gatard trash is in a worse boat. Players will transfer; recruits will decommmit.

And any new coach knows that the arrogant stupid fan base known as Gatard Nation will expect Meyer-like performance instantly. Me thinks these Gatards are in for a looooooong, i.e. 100 years, of mediocrity.

Seems that they can't escape their past.

I think you may be right there Sean Wilson: Trailer trash walking.


Somewhere, Steve Spurrier smiles the smile of a person who knows he ultimately was right, and raises the one-finger salute in the general direction of Jeremy Foley who had the balls to demand that Steve interview for his old job.

I have a free upgrade on American Airlines. How do I get to Gatard Nation? It has not been heard from since last December.

I don't see Edsall, Schiano, or Golden on our coaching list.

We have to replace this: From 2001-09, he was a darn good football coach, arguably the best in the sport. A 95-18 record. Three conference titles at two different schools. Two national championships and a Heisman Trophy winner

UM has to replace this: "We's building depths"

Urbin 'LIAR' is at it again, lyin 2 recruits last season about he's here 4 the long run, lyin 2 his team about rebuildin this team, lyin 2 the fans that he'll get this right.
BTW, his resumes up on monster.com (head coach coach with experience who'll do ANYTHING 2 win)..

We have to replace this: From 2001-09, he was a darn good football coach, arguably the best in the sport. A 95-18 record. Three conference titles at two different schools. Two national championships and a Heisman Trophy winner

That almost sounds like Dennis Erickson. I am sure no one in Gatorland is surprised by this. I know my Gator buddy is thrilled.

Let's have a betting pool. See who gets their next coach first. Good luck!


This would be a great time for Addazio to showcase his skills as an OC....

...no, really...


Whoever they hire will demand that all coaches wear Horta on the sidelines.

Ha! Ha! This sucks for Cane nation. They'll get the sloppy seconds now for sure!!

Less money, crappy facilities, no stadium.

Love the hate from cane-dom on this blog!

The next time we see Urban Meyer is when he's introduced as the new Fightin' Irish coach. You heard it here first.

The man has no credibility;
he lies 2 last years recruits (i'll b here), he lies 2 this years teams (we'll get this fixed) & he lies 2 GAtor nation (im in this 4 the long run (1 yr?).
He didnt care about academics (lowest grad rate in FL), he didnt care about discipline (30 arrests) & he didnt care about preparing his players 4 the next level (ex. teabag).

this blog attracts the most hateful, idiotic ppl in the state. i'm comvinced ther are like 4-6 ppl on here spouting stupid come sucking coments. literally letting the verbal diarrea spew from there mouths

The national press agrees


Posted by: Gator Nation | December 08, 2010 at 05:22 PM

The national press also had you guys as the third best football team in the country this year. They were wrong.

Good luck. will miss him coaching. he is great.

I quit...Im back just dont tell my family...nevermind I quit again....ok ok im coming back but you have to pinky swear that you wont tell my family that I lied to them

Bo Says:
December 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

As a Florida outsider, I believe that Coach Meyer is sicker than you think. When statements such as family are concerned don’t look past the fact his wife may have said my way or the highway. Just some more fodder to think about. But I truly believe he has health concerns beyond what he’s saying.

Don’t post much, but I wanted to let you all know, haters and supporters alike, one of the major reasons as to why Urban Meyer has finally decided to shelve his coaching career for a bit. Meyer had a cyst on his brain between his skull and left frontal lobe that was discovered last year at this time. When he went through serious tests to find out why he was having such bad migraine headaches, when the cyst would become inflamed, (he’s had them since he was a kid) it was finally discovered. Doctors highly recommended that he address it and have it removed immediately. It is a fairly routine and highly successful procedure, but as with any surgery involving drilling into the skull and cutting tissue away from the brain, it’s a Major and potentially serious procedure. After consulting with family (Shelly was not happy) and Doctors he decided (didn’t want to abandon his assistant coaches and recruiting class) not to resign because it was treatable with medication and the surgery could be done at a later date. The ABSOLUTE recovery time is 4-6 months of TOTAL rest and he wasn’t ready to do it, even at the risk of his own health and mortality. Meyer tried to dial it back and continue but it’s obvious that he’s not a half or three quarter in type of guy. It’s all or nothing with Urban Meyer. Now, I can’t say for sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he has scheduled a time (and it would never be made public) to finally get this done to assure his longterm health is paramount. I know the Canes, Seminoles and Gators come here to jab back n forth all in good fun, but whether this was Coach Shannon, Coach Bowden, Coach Jimbo or Coach Spurrier, I think we could all agree that we all hope Coach Meyer has healthy and long life, and for the overall betterment of College Football, that he gets back into the Coaching Profession as soon as he’s ready. There have been a dozen or so coaches that have dropped dead in the last 10 years or so, and many more that have suffered heart attacks and serious physical breakdowns. It’s no joke. So next time a rival teams player or coach is injured or ill, remember, they ALL have families, and I truly believe Family is the reason why Urban Meyer is no longer the Head Coach of The University of Florida Football Team … He’s not scared of competition, just the welfare of his Family.

Goodluck, Canes, ‘Noles, Gators and all State of Florida Teams…

Thanks for the fun and excitement, Urban. I really appreciate. Have fun with your new life!

Wow, crybaby Sean Wilson, whined, and got a bunch of comments deleted that showed what a coward he was.

That offer to fight Canes fans at Filene's Basement was HIS comment, not ours. Funny that he lost that little battle, so he begged for it to be wiped clean.

Sean Wilson, Coward.

Mike-Mike, you are being tricked, if you think he is the VICTIM in all this. he is just getting back what he does to Canes fans on Eye On The U. Check with Manny and Susan, you will see that this guy has threatened to lynch our coach and QB, threatened to beat us up if we showed up at Canes games, and steals our IDs so they can be made to say things we never would.

By protecting him, you are enabling his sick racist obsession.

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