Urban Meyer Decides Against Retirement, Hopes To Be Back In 2010

Robert BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators encourages his players during warm ups against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The morning after shocking the college football world, sources close to Urban Meyer told ESPN that he was now second-guessing himself on whether stepping down due to health reasons was the right choice.

We know now is his gut that he wants to come back and coach on the Gator sidelines. Meyer will indeed take an indefinite leave of absence.

Earlier today, it was reported that a temporary leave of absence was an option, and may make the most sense for Meyer in this situation. Stepping away before the bowl game, and staying away until next season would give Meyer a slight break from the stress he is currently under.

It took a huge load of off Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley's shoulders. Urban Meyer is one of, if not the most recognizable face in college football, and it just doesn't feel right to watch Meyer step away.

ESPN also cited that a possible leave of absence for the 2010 season was a possibility, with offensive coordinator Steve Addazio would take over immediately as interim head coach while awaiting Meyer's return.

Chris Mortensen reported prior to the press conference that the leave of absence is a done deal, and Addazio will indeed take over for the time being.

This could be just what Meyer and the University of Florida needs. After the list of stressors that may have led up to this , and the possible repercussions for Florida and the SEC, Meyer may have come to the realization that this could be potentially devastating to the program he loves.

And let's be honest, Meyer is a competitor. How long could he really have stayed away from the game?

At the press conference, featuring Urban Meyer and AD Jeremy Foley, Urban included that he felt in his gut that he would be back in 2010.

After a short practice with the Gators, he realized he couldn't stay away. He then called Foley to inform him of his plans.

Meyer cited the late Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser, who passed away from an unknown heart attack as a point of reference  as to how this all came about. The severity of that incident is enough to make a coach facing health problems question himself.

As for Florida, the Great Wall around Gainesville may stay up for now, but it'll be an interesting situation to follow as the Meyer saga plays out.