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Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:28 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 10:21 pm
 
It's not a major illness like cancer or a progressive disease.

That's the first thing a lot of us thought when we heard that Urban Meyer had stepped down at Florida. After talking to a few people Saturday night, we'll have to take the man at his word. "I have ignored my health for years," Meyer said.

First indications are the best active coach around worked himself to exhaustion. That's the impression I got after talking to a couple of people Saturday night. A lot of coaches talk about how the job takes away from their family and forces them into a bad diet. During the season 12-, 14-hour days are the norm. Plus, it hasn't exactly been a rocking chair season for Meyer.

Meyer once told me a couple of years ago that he might only coach 10 more years. His body must have been talking back to him even then. You'll remember that Meyer was treated for dehydration after the SEC championship game. That was an odd affliction for a coach who wasn't outwardly sick and had hydration available all around him.

Just speculation but perhaps it was something more than simple dehydration. Meyer once again had given his heart and soul. This time his body couldn't take any more. If Meyer is able to get away and rest, perhaps he will be back at some point. For now, he is the modern example of the pressures of big-time football.
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Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

I feel stupid for just answering this post. First of all, I pray I never have to be given care in an ER by anyone as ignorant as you.  Disgusting posts, hidden behind a vail of bravado and shows a sophmoric looks at life.  You really need to get counseling.

I have had the pleasure to meet Urban and to know members of his staff from their ND days.  They are all class people who have made huge sacrifices in leading normal lives to follow a profession that ends up with threats to kill a family pet, slashed tires and other disgusting conduct by people who supposedly love the game.  Most of them don't.  Some college "fans" are fans of winning not fans of football.  They cheer when an opposing player gets injured and generally know squat about the rules of the game.  I am sure you have never played a down of football in your life.

Dislike Urban becuase he is the opposing coach, that is fine.  Be happy he is not a Florida any more an out recruiting, that is fine.  To knock his character (READ WHAT HE HAS DONE AT UF OFF THE FIELD IDIOTS), to wish him ill and to widely speculate without knowledge shows a immaturity and poor upbringing beyond belief.




Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2009 11:52 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

You have got to be the biggest Douche Bag that I have ever heard. The Canes are a joke. Gators would beat them without a coach.



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2009 11:36 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

You can't be serious.... Even though I am an Alabama fan, your post disturbs me. The man has a heart condition, and you accuse him of quiting because of one player ? Weak....and very sad that football is more important to you than another human being's health.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 11:26 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

I'm going to crack up if Florida goes and gets Charlie Strong back and take him away from Louisville.  I am from Louisville, but am a Kentucky fan, and all you hear around here regarding football is how Charlie strong is going to be the savior.  Well, he's yet to sign an official contract and I know where I'd rather be head coaching at.  Gatorland.  It would just be amusing to me.  Espn's website has Strong listed as a possible replacement for Meyer, so it's not out of the realm of possibility.


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Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 11:23 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2009 10:50 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

It's not whether he could win without Tebow.  This is the perfect excuse for a break up.  FLA is in love and Meyer's aim is higher.  He's going to coach somewhere else soon enough.  He can see that his value isn't going to be much higher by staying at FLA long term.  Look at what happened to Bowden, they just kicked him out like they put an old dog to sleep - and Bowden did much more for FLAST than Meyer has done for FLA.

If he stays on and then jump from FLA to the NFL or another program, he might turn into the bad guy.  This is a PR move, nothing more.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2009 10:45 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

I wish him a speedy return to full health. How's a Vol fan supposed to enjoy beating Florida without Urban Meyer on the sideline?
It'll be easy if Spurrier throws his name in the hat :)



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 10:34 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

ehan21 is another example of not know anything but thinking he does, with this gem....

This has absolutely nothing to do with talent or lack there of.  Florida recruits are as good as anyones and they will compete at the top every year.  Urban has never been one to show fear of losing I can tell you that.  You all are blind to what's really going on.  If you keep watching the ESPN tracker, there's a little bit more info coming out every few minutes or so.  Most recently, they've already changed the story that it's stress and chest pressure (aka- anxiety) and that the heart in fact is completely healthy.  Those are all symptoms of people who suffer from alcoholism.  The alcohol acts on the body in the exact same manner as anxiet medicine, and if he's trying to slow down or stop drinking he's going to suffer from chest pressure and anxiety and such, which explains his multiple recent visits to the ER.


Um, I don't want to quibble too much, but as far as I know he has had one hospital visit. Should he be suffering from alcoholism wouldn't he simply say so and enter rehab? 

I am just sayin'.................



He did in fact have multiple visits since that sec game all for "dehydration", "exhaustion", or "chest pressure."  And since they've already stated on ESPN that they were wrong in the fact that his heart is actually healthy, explain to me another reason why he had to go to the ER.  It's not like he's conditioning for the freaking Boston marathon.  Get your facts straight.  And he's had a history of DUI's in the past as well.  Do you really think a high profile guy would just want to come out and say that "I'm a drunk and I'm going to rehab", or do it in secrecy and go back to work at Florida in another position, which has already been promised by the University.  Why would he want to face the scrutiny if he didn't have to.  Do you not see what has happened to Tiger after the public found out his flaws.  It's different when you're in a high-profile position.  Just wait and see how this turns out.  I wish him the best and if he is suffering from an alcohol problem, I hope he can get things straight and come back to coaching, because he is excellent in that department.  Just don't be so naive. 





Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2009 10:24 pm
 

Urban Meyer steps down at Florida

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who actually are blinded by the corrupt media and just seem to take their word for everything they say.  Naive is the only word that comes to mind. Cysts anywhere on the body......if you have any clue about medicine, which I in fact am a Registered Nurse in an Emergency Room, unless growing and causing severe problems are absolutely nothing that would cause anyone to quit their job, especially when they're making millions a year.  Do you know how many people have cysts in this world?   More than half.


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