In one of the most shocking college news stories of the year, Urban Meyer is leaving Florida after the Sugar Bowl. I don't think anyone saw this coming. He left due to health related issues. It was reported that he checked into the hospital about a month ago and chances are, that has greatly to do with this. This is stunning to say the least. At least we were able to hire Charlie Strong, because you would think Florida would have considered him an option. In closing, here's what Meyer had to say about all this.
“I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program,” said Meyer. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.”
“After consulting with my family, Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and my doctors, I believe it is in my best interest to step aside and focus on my health and family.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida.
“I’m very appreciative for the opportunity I’ve had to be a part of a tremendous institution – from Dr. Machen to Jeremy Foley and the entire administrative staff at UF. I’m also very thankful for the chance to work with some of the best assistants in college football and coach some of the best college football players and watch them grow both on and off the field as people. I will cherish the relationships with them the most.”