Urban Meyer Left Hospital "Scared" And That Led To Decision To Resign

William RamseyContributor IIDecember 26, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 7: Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches play against the Vanderbilt Commodores  on November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Sources close to the Meyer family are saying that the hospital stay Urban Meyer had after the SEC Championship shook the coach to his core and made him rethink his current position in life.

Meyer left the hospital so scared apparently that he has quietly battled with himself over the decision for the last seven days or so of whether or not to continue as head coach at Florida. 

Jeremy Foley, Florida AD, made the decision public today that Coach Meyer had made up his mind to indeed step down following the Gators clash with Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Night. 

The announcement has rocked the Florida faithful to their foundation and has left the rest of the college football world in utter disbelief after one of the most successful runs of any college coach over a five year span. 

Meyer told the Gainesville Sun on December 7th that his trip to the hospital was due to "major chest pains" and that he needed "to take better care of himself."

It has been widely documented that Meyer suffers from an arachnoid cyst in his brain which was not thought to be life threatening, but does trigger severe headaches.  The headaches increase in intensity due to stress, excitement, and various other physical factors. 

Meyer did state that he would remain in Gainesville to help find his replacement and sources are saying that an announcement on that may come very soon.  One would assume that Foley and Meyer had discussed this previously and that they have a strong candidate in mind at the moment. 

As to who the new hire might be, one can only guess.  The fact remains until that person has been announced, the rumor mill will be abuzz and full of names.