University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer steps down
December 8th, 2010
06:58 PM ET

University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer steps down

Urban Meyer, head coach of the University of Florida football team, will step down after the Gators' January bowl game, Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday afternoon.

Meyer will leave Florida with six seasons under his belt. He captured two National Championships, two Southeastern Conference Championships, three SEC Eastern Division crowns and led UF to six January bowl games in a row, gatorzone.com reported.

He was named Sporting News and Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Decade” in December of 2009.

Meyer will remain Florida’s head coach through the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day, the school said in a statement.

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate 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.”

Last December, Meyer announced that he was stepping down due to health concerns. But a day later, he reconsidered and said that he would instead take a leave of absence. He returned to his position in time for the 2010 season.

- CNN's Brett Roegiers contributed to this report.

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  1. Big Game James

    That SEC is a boiler room. Coaches probably take a couple of years off their life stressing anyway, imagine trying to prep for a top 10 or 25 team every week!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Florida doesnt prep for a top 10 or 25 team every week. They have the weakest nonconference schedule in the SEC and they play in the weakest division in the SEC. He has a long up hill battle to win again at Florida so he's cutting his loses to save his record at Florida. My guess he'll take another coaching job somewhere else.

      December 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Red flag on what kind of team is in the hopper, he wouldn't leave with a winner next year.

      December 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malinois

      Winningest coach should go to the winningest program. I vote he goes to Michigan. They need someone who has proven to beat Tressel and lead a conference winning program.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Robinson

      Hey UF say hello to Coach mike Leach!

      December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePA

      Ummm... Winningest Active Coach?? Pretty sure Joe Paterno has that record by a longshot. Good job with the fact check CNN

      December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sure

      Brett Favre says, "So what? He's quit twice, once for 1 day. He hasn't even retired yet. You call this news?"

      December 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • scon

      Meyer actually is the winningest active coach in terms of win percentage (.819 combined reg season and bowls). Of course Paterno has more wins, that's what happens when you've been coaching at Penn State since 1966! Paterno's overall win percentage (Bowls included) is .740.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime B.

      We need Spurrier coaching back at the SWAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      He has been seen in Texas and the U.T. coaching job is up for grabs as three coaches have been fired for this lousy season.. I am sure he has been in talks with them .. Meyers will be a cash cow for any school..

      December 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA! USA! USA!

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336291/Wikileaks-Julian-Assanges-2-night-stands-spark-worldwide-hunt.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

      December 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoCo

      It's all about Cam Newton - just wait!

      December 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actaully

      Actually Chris Petersen is the winningst, active coach at 83%

      December 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actaully

      in terms of percentage

      December 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Can you blame him "NO"...TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS plus millions of dollars. He should go enjoy his family.

      December 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. aime

    Go 2 coach d Dolphins Urban.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kardiac

      absolutely

      December 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burgermeister Meisterburger

      No toys for him!! humph

      December 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      (yawn)

      December 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    Quitting again, hmmmmm..........is he related to Brett Favre?

    December 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burgermeister Meisterburger

      Brett get no toys either!!! humph

      December 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DE

      Seriously! I like Meyer and am a huge Gator fan but I hate people who quit and come back!!!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    his kids teams are going to have a hell of a football coach

    December 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commonsense

      The last time he "quit" – The Mastergators gave him a nice bump in "take home pay" and another year with his favorite "player"!

      December 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jagfanforlife

    I think this is an admirable thing to do. Some coaches don't know when to leave the game. This coach has enjoyed success at this level for 25 years. Go home and be with your family, you've done well.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Seriously–he just can't handle life after Tebow! He got used to winning and now has no will to rebuild a team. I guess it is time for him to geaux 😉

      December 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Little Richard

    The nation's winningest active coach? Did JoPa retire? Doesn't Tressell at Ohio State also have more?

    December 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan Deen

      No, he has a better winning percentage then them. Look at the stats..

      December 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePa

      Assuming they meant winning percentage?

      December 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      winning percentage i believe

      December 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • truDINK

      Winningest means percentage of games won, you dbag

      December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • PSU fan

      Wrong truDINK winning-est is winning most games.

      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_are_the_top_10_winningest_D1_NCAA_football_coaches

      December 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Then mean by winning percentage, not by total wins. His wining percentage is the highest.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actaully

      Chris Petersen has the highest winning percentage among active coaches

      December 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Translation

    Quitter! Any relation to Sarah Palin?

    December 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIMTEBOW#1

      I suppose you are never going to retire. Why should he not retire while he is on top. JERK

      December 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Whats that got to do with Palin? I wish Palin would quit

      December 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cowboysfan4life

      Urban Meyer is a great person, very well respected and for a good reason and clown boy here is trying to compare him to Sara Palin, jerk.

      December 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. terry

    His priorities are to be applauded. Family first! Classy guy.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. oneofmany

    Thanks for everything Coach. We'll miss you!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    Heckuva job opening... let's watch the scramble...

    December 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Stalin

    Football is just silly.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Did you mean thilly?

      December 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. caccio12

    isn't Tebow & Co. looking for a coach in Denver?????

    December 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      that would be something! kyle orton sucks.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kevin

    WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dave

    We all wish we could have enough nerve to do what we need to do. Good Luck

    December 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cowboysfan4life

    Give him a couple of weeks, he'll be back. Another favre saga.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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