Urban Meyer's Heart the Cause of His Surprising Resignation

James WalkerAnalyst IIDecember 26, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators directs play against the Florida International University Golden Panthers, November 21, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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When Coach Urban Meyer was admitted to the hospital following the SEC Championship game, it was reported that he was suffering from dehydration.  Later it was reported that he was suffering from chest pains.

It was the latter.

ESPN is reporting that Urban Meyer's heart muscle has a defect, and that is the reason for his surprising resignation from the University of Florida.

The defect is not reported to be life-threatening.

Regardless, it is serious enough for Meyer to step back and address it immediately.

Meyer has scheduled a press conference tomorrow afternoon in New Orleans.  In true Urban Meyer fashion, expect him to be straight and to the point with a touch of emotion.  According to Jeremy Foley, the AD of Florida, it was a very tough decision for Meyer to make.

Right now the Gator Nation wants more information, and as a fan of the Florida Gators, I too want to know what and why.  Most importantly, we hope that Meyer's health in not in serious jeopardy, and wish him the best.