Urban Meyer: The Legendary Florida Gators Coach Resigns

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIDecember 9, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer will step down after the 2011 Outback Bowl.

This will be the second time he has resigned in less than a year; the first attempt came because of health reasons.

Meyer's reasoning for stepping down this time has to do with his family. He wants to work on being a better husband and a better father to his children. Meyer stated that he has not seen his daughters play high school sports and that he will never get that time back. 

Although Meyer has resigned, he will coach his final game with the Gators on January 1st for the Outback Bowl against Penn State in Tampa, Florida.

In 2009, Meyer signed a six-year, $24 million extension, so it is clear that Meyer is not about the money, but about his family.

After the premature decision to resign in 2009 for just a day, this time it seems as though Meyer will not be coming back. 

Meyer became the coach of the Florida Gators in 2005, and what a coaching career he had. Meyer was very successful with the Gators, winning two BCS National Championships (2007 and 2009).

Florida defeated No. 1 Ohio State in 2007 and also beat No. 1 Oklahoma in 2009.

Despite the success under Meyer, it is difficult to see him walk away after a struggling season for Florida, who finished just 7-5. 

The five losses was the most for Meyer since he joined the Gators in 2005.

Coach Meyer will certainly be missed at the University of Florida.