Coach to take leave of absence

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 4:13 PM
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NEW ORLEANS – Florida coach Urban Meyer is taking an indefinite leave of absence instead of resigning and expects to be on the sideline leading the Gators when next season opens.

"I do in my gut believe that will happen," Meyer said today at a Sugar Bowl news conference.

Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will run the team during Meyer's absence, but Meyer will be the coach against No. 4 Cincinnati on New Year's Day.

"It's full speed ahead. We're going to do everything possible to win this game," he said.

Less than 24 hours after resigning because of health concerns, Meyer changed his mind. He said he was offered and encouraged to take a leave of absence earlier in the week by the university president. Today, after conferring with athletic director Jeremy Foley and his family he "accepted the offer to improve my health."

The 45-year-old Meyer said being with his players at a "spirited practice" this morning persuaded him not to resign.

"To not try would not be the right thing to do," he said.

On Saturday night, Meyer shocked college football when he said he was stepping down after five seasons as Gators coach.

After the Southeastern Conference championship game three weeks ago, Meyer spent several hours in a Gainesville, Fla., hospital because of chest pains.

Meyer said today he had experienced similar problems at times this season but had not had a heart attack. However, he would not elaborate on his physical condition. When asked if doctors advised him to stop coaching, Meyer again declined to answer.

Meyer is married with three children – the oldest recently started college at Georgia Tech.

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BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/27/09 - 05:18 pm
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He must have either gotten a

He must have either gotten a lot better over the last 24 hours, or some of the women were paid off. I guess all of you that were so quick to point out his tumors, heart problems...etc were so severe are looking a bit foolish about now. Best of luck to the serial liar, he should consider politics.

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charliemanson 12/27/09 - 05:42 pm
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"IMHO, Meyer knew he had no

"IMHO, Meyer knew he had no one prepared to step in Tebow shoes and decided, after watching what Richt went through this season from the UGA fans, that it was best to "haul tail" out of Florida while the going was good.
Posted by charliemanson on Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:37 AM".....Meyer, you need to go while you can. LOL.

SC-LSU-Fan
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SC-LSU-Fan 12/27/09 - 06:09 pm
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I refrained from saying this

I refrained from saying this yesterday, although I thought it. But Meyer is an attention w**re who can't stand the fact that since he is not in the NC game, the spotlight isn't on him. This is just his way of keeping himself visible.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 06:16 pm
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Nothing foolish about it

Nothing foolish about it Bakers. From the start I said they werent disbaling but they were concerned at prevention and thats exactly what they are saying. Do you have comprehension problems, can you not understand? Many people do not know how serious stress can be, it can kill you. Lazy or slow people don't understand the stress one can put themselves through to get a job done and it done right. I for one am like Coach Meyer, I give 300% to my job no matter how my health is and in the long run it is now costing me health wise. Haters just want to make more out of something to make themselves feel better about their own short comings. Get a life, not everything is a consipiracy to cover up something. Maybe thats a reflection on you not them.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 06:17 pm
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I see the hating continues

I see the hating continues even more by those who got stomped and chomped. Maybe with this newbie team you can finally get a win in.

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 12/27/09 - 06:27 pm
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See why I do?

See why I do?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/27/09 - 06:40 pm
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Hey, the man has to do what

Hey, the man has to do what he thinks is best for HIM, not for the "Gator Nation". I just feel that he's feeling pressured into doing what he needs to do to please others. Yesterday, he was saying that he needed to step away for reasons that concerned his own health and his relationship with his family. What can be bigger than that? How can THAT change over night? Now he's changed his mind and thinks the best thing is to just take a leave of abscence, and probably come back at the beginning of the season (his own "gut feeling"). I have to feel sorry for Meyer and his family. I hate to say this because I honestly wanted Florida to win their bowl game (you know, SEC pride), but I think the best thing for Meyer would be to lose this game. That way he'd have more to consider and realize that winning isn't everything.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 07:39 pm
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Yes, I do, jealousy is

Yes, I do, jealousy is usually obvious to everyone!! =)

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 12/27/09 - 08:08 pm
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Take a stand, Yes I have no

Take a stand, Yes I have no comprehension problems. I also would like to point out that you are obviously emotionally invested in the outcome of Mr. Myers cry for attention. I was a bit sickened to hear him say that he was waiting for God to tell him what to do about his next move. I wish the man no ill will, best of luck to him as well as you.

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LCC0256 12/27/09 - 08:13 pm
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The truth is the man does

The truth is the man does have health issues. The job is stressful. He most likely spends very little time with his family for 7 or 8 months a year. Football is first in his mind obviously instead of things that really matter in this world...maybe he is realizing that... Having said that he also is known to outright give misleading statements to recruits. The truth is a slippery slope once you stray away from it... That is the basic criticism of him. He is not alone in that respect among college coaches however. He fits into the category of a GREAT college football coach and a less than GREAT human being....kinda like Steve Spurrier....

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 08:19 pm
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I am not by any means

I am not by any means emotionally invested in this. Some people do not understand what stress can do to someone. I wish I had listened sooner myself. But all these morons and their comments of conspiracy, just an attention whore, racism, and just plain ignorant comments like love affairs with tebow and meyer envoke a response, bad or good. Just like your serial liar comment, would you like to list all these lies you speak of and link me to the proof. I love to gain knowledge, maybe you know something I don't.

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Just My Opinion 12/27/09 - 08:33 pm
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TakeASeat, why can't people

TakeASeat, why can't people bring up ideas of conspiracy? You think Meyer and Florida is above that? The truth of the matter is that, in this world, there ARE attention whores and there IS racism. Do you have any proof that these things didn't happen in this case? No...all you have is an opinion, just like everyone else. Now, as far as a love affair between Meyer and Tebow, no, I don't believe that. But, as far at the other 2 items, even you have to admit that there is enough here to cause people to wonder. Meyer told the press yesterday that he looked to God to tell him what to do, and now I guess God changed his mind? Don't be surprised if this backfires on Meyer and Florida. The press loves to put the spotlight on them, but they aren't stupid enough to believe all this. I guess we'll all just have to stay tuned. I think it's rather sad.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 08:49 pm
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First of all I never

First of all I never addressed you jerkoff. And I never said people can not post their opinions, but they should expect a response, just like you are getting. Some people do not comprehend what stress can do to someone and don't even consider it a possibility so whats the difference? I won't even debate this with you or any other article if you can't tell, I already know where your head is...

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jerryv31 12/27/09 - 09:08 pm
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So 24 hours after preaching

So 24 hours after preaching how important it was to spend this time with his family, Urban, the second coming of Brett Favre, turns around and disses his own family by saying his players mean too much for him to leave? Well I hope all of you who posted yesterday and today about how he has his priorities in the right place and is example for others to follow have figured out a new way to spin this. I guess they don't get their daddy back after all.

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Purelaughs 12/27/09 - 09:26 pm
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He's just protecting the 2010

He's just protecting the 2010 recruiting class. So if he "might" come back those who have committed to FL won't jump ship so fast. Smart move honestly.

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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 09:37 pm
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Jerry, its obvious he loves

Jerry, its obvious he loves his family and his job, he wasnt leaving to spend time with his family he was leaving to get healthy to spend a lifetime with his family instead of dropping dead, is there no such thing as a compromise to try to have both?

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Just My Opinion 12/27/09 - 10:14 pm
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TakeADump, nobody's saying he

TakeADump, nobody's saying he doesn't love his family, but you can't understand how people are getting crossed messages? I think YOU are under too much stress, buddy, and you need to step away from the computer for health reasons! Being the resident spokesman for the Gator Nation must be giving you a headache right now. (Pssst...don't worry...you can come back on tomorrow and just say you're going to come back on whenever you feel better!) Oh, wait a minute.......why am I writing this stuff to you when you said you won't "debate" me? I don't want to debate, I just want to have an intelligent discussion. And, btw, just where is my head? I think I know where your head is right now.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/27/09 - 10:33 pm
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If you wanted to have an

If you wanted to have an intelligent dicussion you wouldnt have insulted me the first word of your post liar. Typical

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Riverman1 12/27/09 - 10:51 pm
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If he has a heart valve

If he has a heart valve problem it's more than likely a bicuspid aortic valve or mitral stenosis. A bad aortic valve will probably end up in surgery. That's what Gov. Arnold had. Either way, from these symptoms of recurring chest pain, I doubt he can return to coaching.

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imdstuf 12/27/09 - 11:01 pm
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He is saying this now to help

He is saying this now to help the university keep recruits. After signing day he will change his mind again.

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Riverman1 12/27/09 - 11:04 pm
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The era of Bear Bryant where

The era of Bear Bryant where he could have a drink of whisky at breakfast, ala. Gen. Patton, is over. These coaches today work 18 hour days with tens of millons at stake to the college, just like NFL coaches do.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/27/09 - 11:16 pm
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I suspect the editorial will

I suspect the editorial will be about this...believe it or not.

markmjtx
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markmjtx 12/27/09 - 11:49 pm
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This has been quite a story.

This has been quite a story. Shelly Meyer reported last night to the Orlando Sentinel that her husband would not change his mind. Coach Meyer has always said that he does not intend to be like a Joe Paterno or Bobby Bowden, where one stays a long time. Time will tell on how this will affect recruiting. Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports.com reports that Meyer was evasive about answering questions about future medical procedures. That is his right. The blogs will continue to speculate about this story for the next week or so. The press conference today only fueled the speculation.

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MoosePile 12/27/09 - 11:59 pm
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As a UGA fan, I want him to

As a UGA fan, I want him to stay. I want him to stay and be completely healthy and I want UGA to beat him and UF at least 5 years in a row. Good luck and good health to Urban Meyer and his family, I would never wish ill health on anyone, even if they do choose to wear orange on Saturdays.

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Just My Opinion 12/28/09 - 05:35 am
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TakeAPee, you didn't insult

TakeAPee, you didn't insult me by calling me a jerkoff? Typical. (BTW, I would've responded to you last night but I had to go to bed because I get up in the morning for what we grownups call a "job". Hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas break from high school)

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/28/09 - 11:19 pm
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I never said I didn't insult

I never said I didn't insult you back stupid. I just gave it back to you. You insulted me first with your takeaseat. Your post would have been just fine and we could have had an intelligent discussion, I even agreed with you the night before to an extent. But out of no where you had to insult my screen name. Obviously you weren't wanting to play nice, so I gave it back and called you a jerkoff. BTW I would have responded earlier but I had a job to go to also, I own my own business and can set my hours. We work sometimes until 2 or 3 am, so just because I am not stuck at a miserable job I have to get up before the roosters with don't ASSume I don't have a job. I run a family and a business with 2 departments with crew, and working on my third. I run full time all the time, it is stressful sometimes but well worth it. If only I could be in high school again, I'm flattered!!! haha =)

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