Report: Health issues part of Meyer’s resignation

By Adam Silverstein
December 12, 2010

Though Urban Meyer said at a press conference on Wednesday that he was stepping down from his position as head coach of the Florida Gators because of his family, The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley reports that Meyer’s decision was made – at least in part – due to a scare over increased health risks.

“Meyer was told by doctors last week that the symptoms he continues to experience – including burning sensations in his chest – would raise his cardiovascular risk factors, so he decided it necessitated his resignation,” Dooley reports, according to an unnamed source. “Meyer had been told a year ago that if his symptoms continued it would increase his cardiovascular risks if he kept coaching.”

The fact that Meyer was made aware of this news last week coincides with him previously and repeatedly denying any plans to resign. Even during his press conference on Wednesday, Meyer gave an indication that his health played a role in his decision.

“To say that there wasn’t a scare, that would be incorrect,” he noted. “But that’s not the reason for this press conference.”

Meyer’s current symptoms are not the same as the esophageal spasms that caused him serious chest pain last year. Apparently “the spasms have been under control” but the “other symptoms have continued,” according to the Sun.

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  1. SaraGator says:

    Doesn’t surprise me. It’s scary for a parent to think that they may go anytime, and haven’t seen the joys in their kids lives.

    He did the right thing by resigning. I will always be thankful for what he did for the Gator Nation.

  2. Basshole says:

    Here is to Meyer’s health. Thank you for the six years at Florida Meyer, you are the man. You did a superb job

  3. Wingtee says:

    Hope he will stay home and relax. Don’t need to be involved

  4. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Let’s all hope that Meyer and Shelley can spend their time at all the activities that Nate and the girls participate in. I think he should approach life as if the last years that Nate has at home ( and the girls have in college) are all he has left. Really NONE of us are promised tomorrow, and if we were told that we had a potentially life shortening condition, we would probably choose family over any other endeavor, however worthy. Good luck and much happiness to the Meyer family.

  5. John S says:

    This does explain why it happened how it happened. I hope that he can figure this thing out and enjoy his life. It would be great if he were to be made assisstant AD, as long as the new staff approves. It would only help recruiting if he were to remain involved especially as a mentor.

  6. Wingtee says:

    John did u ever
    think maybe that
    would make the new coach hanging around ? We don’t need to pay
    Meyer a million dollars just hanging around there doing
    nothing.he has already
    made enough . Besides what about his plan to be the worlds biggest volleyball fan. Maybe he can take Mary Wise place and show her how to win a NC. She obviously can’t do it.

  7. g8ter27 says:

    Good thing he is not a plumber or roofer or even an accountant where he would not have the luxury of quitting a job and spending all his time with family. Good luck urban, thanks for everything and we love you….unless you end up in South Bend in a year or two.

  8. Wingtee says:

    G8ter27 not sure “we” love Urb, maybe you. I detested his insolarity and paranolia

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