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Urban Meyer stepping away from booster circuit, Steve Addazio to visit Tampa May 10



Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be the guest speaker at this year's Gator Gathering, sponsored by the Tampa Gator Club.

The event will be held on Monday, May 10, at the Doubletree Hotel, Westshore, 4500 West Cypress St., in Tampa.

As part of his efforts to scale back and devote more time to his health and family following a brief leave of absence,  Florida head coach Urban Meyer will not speak at any Gator Gatherings this spring. The events are normally a showcase for the Gators' head coach and for local booster clubs' fundraising efforts.

When he was hired in 2005, Meyer headlined 20 of the booster tour events. Last year he had scaled down to about a dozen.

Meyer said following Saturday's spring game that stepping away from the booster club circuit this year was unfortunate, but necessary. 

"I did some research on my own and our administration did some research on what other places do,'' Meyer said. "The focus is on recruiting, our players, our team and obviously raising our children, coaches raising their children and doing it the right way. So if that takes away from some other stuff, it's got to happen.''

For information on this year's Tampa Gator Gathering, contact Lisa Esposito at (813) 223-6037 or register online at RSVP deadline is May 3.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:49pm]


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