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. Tina

    As a proud Gator fan, I wish him and his family well. I am not worried though, we will find someone else just as good, and we will be back!!! GO Gators!!!

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

    Only quiting because their garbage without Tebow

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

      Try learning to SPELL before making jerk comments. They're = They Are It's called a compound word!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Almost...

      They're is actually a contraction of they are; it is not a compound word. Doghouse is an example of a compound word.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      @JD kettle...meet pot LMAO (FAIL)

      December 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jimbo

    Bring on Steve Spurrier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Later Gator

    Hmmm! I hear Spurrier might be retiring too! Maybe UF can convince him to give it another go.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Winningest active coach with 10 seasons under his belt- I think Joe Paterno might have something to say about that! Gatorzone might look outside of Florida every once in a while.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cris

      He has the best winning percentage of all active coaches with more than 10 years. I didn't think that would be hard to figure out if you read the story correctly.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yep

    Broncos job is his now. Tebow reunite.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Guest

      My thoughts exactly...Heard he bought a parka and snow shoes about 2 hours before the announcement!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vinatty

    Quitter! Gators Suck!!!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Coach of the Decade. Bet you wish your team had him.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Big deal.. It's college football.. He wouldn't have a chance on the pros...

    December 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. booger

    wait for it...... wait for it....... He's baaaack! Just a mini Favre

    December 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    Just take your ball and go home. Sore loser. Oh I have a headache. BoooooooHoooo. Dont even look across the field at Paterno NewYears day quiter.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    What a chump!

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

    Great coach. He'll be missed. Gutsy decision. Florida won't have trouble finding a good coach.

    December 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    People.
    Unfortunately I have become a real cynical man over the last 40 years.
    Being a Football Coach is not a real job,I do not care what anyone says.
    When I was a kid.We played tackle football without any protective gear on the jr high field on Sunday mornings.needless to say alot of guys got hurt but we all survived to be drafted into the military.Plus.this coach is lucky he had a job for 25 years.29 million Americans today do not have a job.Yeah I know what I sound like but,hey I am just happy to be alive.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffsfan

      Thanks for your service Frank.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jojo

    He is going to the Broncos, duh!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Logan Deen

    Thanks Urban for all the great times!!! Gator Nation will miss you dearly!!

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

      whatever

      December 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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