Sources close to FanHouse are reporting that Florida Gators football coach Urban Meyer will be holding a press conference later today to announce that he is stepping down as the Gators coach.
And it’s now official as multiple outlets are reporting Meyer’s resignation including Gator Zone:
Meyer, 46, informed Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that he was contemplating resigning and the two finalized the plan Tuesday. Meyer told the Gators of his decision during a team meeting earlier this afternoon. UF has scheduled a press conference for 6 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where Meyer and Foley will address the media.
Meyer will remain Florida’s head coach through the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day.
“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.
After all, isn’t that his new December tradition? He quit the team last year for ‘health’ reasons only to announce days later he would be back coaching the Gators in the Swamp in 2010.
Mississippi State Bulldogs fans have to be nervous, as their head coach Dan Mullen will likely be tapped to replace Meyer at Florida. Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida, under Meyer, when the Gators were actually good.
Mullen will be eager to get away from the Cam Newton fallout brought on by Mississippi State alum. He also would have to be thrilled to go to Florida or Miami where he could actually recruit. Not much has happened in Starkville since the Super Wal-Mart went in there several years ago.
Top Candidates to Replace Urban: Dan Mullen, Bob Stoops, Chris Peterson