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UF's Meyer taking indefinite leave of absence

Less than 24 hours after he announced he would step down as Florida's head football coach, Urban Meyer and Florida have a new plan in mind.

Meyer is expected to announce at a press conference this afternoon that he will take an indefinite leave of absence from the program, but will not resign.

Gators' offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will take over as interim head coach in Meyer's absence.

The press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in New Orleans, where the Gators arrived today to begin final preparations for the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.

Meyer, 45, announced Saturday night that he planned to resign after the Sugar Bowl game due to health reasons. He suffers from a cyst on the brain that causes excruciating headaches and has had bouts of chest pains over the past several years that are akin to a heart attack.

He was hospitalized a few hours after the Dec. 5 SEC Championship game in Atlanta after suffering chest pains. He underwent hours of tests, was treated for dehydration and was released later that day.

All indications on Saturday were that Meyer would not take a leave, which had been offered, because he felt his personality and style of coaching was of such that he was headed for major health issues if he continued. He did not rule out coaching again in the future.

UF's Meyer taking indefinite leave of absence 12/27/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:40pm]
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