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Urban Meyer resigns (again) as Florida's football coach

December 8, 2010 | 12:23 pm

Almost a year after resigning as Florida's football coach, citing health reasons, only to return to his job last spring after a short sabbatical, Urban Meyer announced Wednesday he was stepping down again.

Here's a portion of Meyer's released statement:

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. 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. 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.

 

Meyer will coach his last game at Florida in the Outback Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 1 in Tampa.

Meyer did not cite health concerns in the statement released by the school. He returned to coaching this year after it was determined he was suffering from esophageal spasms. Florida finished a disappointing 7-5 in the regular season. His six-year record at Florida is 64-15. His overall coaching record is 103-23.

-- Chris Dufresne

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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