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Florida coach Urban Meyer steps down - again



The University of Florida has announced that Florida coach Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach of the Florida football team, effective after the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa. (View photo gallery)

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been making a difference in the
lives of the young men I have been so fortunate to have coached and building championship programs,” Meyer said in a statement released by the university Wednesday afternoon.  “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. 

"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,'' Meyer added. "My family has shared both the commitment and the sacrifice required to coach at this level for so long and I would not have enjoyed the success I have had without
their support.”

This is the second time in less than a year that Meyer has resigned his position. On Dec. 26, 2009,  he resigned citing health reasons, but rescinded that decision one day later and returned to the program in the fall after taking extensive time off in the spring. He did participate in spring football drills and the annual spring game.

Meyer will coach his last game for UF in the Gators’ Outback Bowl matchup vs. Penn State on January 1st in Tampa, Fla.

Meyer became the first coach in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision to post consecutive 13-win seasons (2008 and 2009) and he is the only coach to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span. He was the first coach in the nation to win two Bowl Championship Series National Championships and is one of only two coaches in the history of the SEC to win two outright National Championships.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 3:58pm]


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