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Urban Meyer no longer on UF staff because of new ESPN job



Former Florida coach Urban Meyer will not remain on staff with the University Athletic Association because of his new job at ESPN.

Florida athletic officials said today that Meyer has resigned his still yet unnamed position with the University of Florida because of his new role as an analyst at ESPN.

Meyer's job with the network had the potential to create NCAA violations if he remained on staff at UF.

During a teleconference Monday to announce that he was accepting a job with ESPN, Meyer said he planned to remain on staff at Florida and work closely with UF athletic director Jeremy Foley in a still yet unnamed capacity.

But the potential for problems was too great. For example, if Meyer were to comment on potential recruits in his job as an analyst that UF might be recruiting, as a member of the UF staff that would be a violation of NCAA rules.

So given the choice, Meyer chose his new TV gig.

"The University of Florida has been a big part of my personal and professional life for the past six years and while I will no longer be
able to continue a professional relationship with the University, I will continue to support the many friends I made during my time there,'' Meyer said in a statement released by UF.

When Meyer resigned as head coach in December, he said he planned to remain with the program to help in some capacity, and would retain an office in the UF athletic facilities. Now, Meyer will not work in any capacity for UF, the University Athletic Association or the UF Foundation.

“We were pleased to provide Coach Meyer with an opportunity within our athletic department, but the chance to work for ESPN was a perfect fit for him and his family,'' UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.  "He will always be welcome here and we are forever indebted for what he accomplished and how he represented the University of Florida. He gave every ounce of energy to this program for six years and we certainly share a special bond with him. We will always remain close friends and I look forward to seeing him enjoy the next chapter in his life. Coach Meyer will always be a Gator."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 11:25am]


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