GAINESVILLE — Former coach Urban Meyer resigned his position with the University of Florida Athletic Association because his new job as an ESPN analyst had the potential to create NCAA violations, school officials said Wednesday.
Monday, Meyer, who resigned as coach in December, said he planned to remain employed at Florida and work closely with athletic director Jeremy Foley.
But the potential for problems was too great. NCAA rules allow schools to comment only on recruits who have signed letters of intent. So Meyer commenting on a potential recruit while still employed by Florida would be a violation.
Meyer and Florida are negotiating his final financial package, including a $1 million retention bonus and $500,000 buyout.
"While I will no longer be able to continue a professional relationship with the university," Meyer said in a statement released by the school, "I will continue to support the many friends I made during my time there."
Said Foley in the statement: "He will always be welcome here, and we are forever indebted for what he accomplished and how he represented the University of Florida. "
More Florida: Derek Lewis was hired as tight ends coach. He had been tight ends and assistant special teams coach at Minnesota since 2007. Brian White moves from tight ends coach to running backs coach. Receivers coach Aubrey Hill becomes recruiting coordinator.
under-fire recruit flips back to 'Bama: Brent Calloway of Russellville (Ala.) High, who orally committed to the Tide then switched to Auburn, signed Wednesday with the Tide. The decision to commit to Auburn by Calloway, the No. 5 outside linebacker in the nation, according to Rivals.com, prompted death threats on his Facebook page and derogatory signs in the stands of his basketball games, forcing him to take a leave of absence from the team and from school. Also, Calloway's adoptive father had criticized the decision to switch to Auburn, saying, "When you shake a man's hand, look him in the eye and make a commitment, you stick to that commitment."
Ohio State: Offensive line recruit Chris Carter was arrested Tuesday on a sexual imposition allegation after a complaint that he fondled a girl while pretending to measure her for an ROTC uniform. Police in Cleveland are investigating if he might have fondled as many as eight girls. Carter's attorney said his client is innocent. Carter, from John F. Kennedy High, was not listed as a signee by Ohio State, and coach Jim Tressel said, "We don't know what the situation is. It could be larger. It might not."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.