Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach at the University of Florida. This was not exactly the news GatorNation was expecting. Most of the talk in Gainesville has been about finding a new offensive coordinator and potentially new position coaches, now, that seems to be the least of their worries. Fanhouse.com has released information suggesting that one year after Urban Meyer officially stepped down, then returned the next day, is stepping down for good as the coach for the Florida Gators.
Urban Meyer won two national championships for the Gators in his six years in Gainesville, and played in three SEC Championship games. He was named Sports Illustrated "Coach of the Decade" in 2009. His career flight in coaching was astonishing, from Bowling Green to Gainesville in only four years, and he proved quickly he could walk the walk and talk the talk—competing for SEC Championships in his second year.
However, after last year’s SEC Championship game debacle, Meyer’s connection with the program has slowly diminished. At first his nonretirement stunned Gator fans, then his delegating of authority to Steve Addazio left many scratching their heads. The issue seems to only worsen as the Gators struggled on the field throughout the 2010 season. His goal for the 2010 season was to delegate more and trust his coaches, but after a 7-5 season, Meyer has felt more pressure than ever in Gainesville.
His retirement will certainly send shock waves through the state of Florida and throughout all of GatorNation. According to Fanhouse.com, Urban Meyer is scheduled to give a 5pm new conference declaring his retirement.
Meyer is expected to coach the Outback Bowl game on January 1st.