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Urban Meyer to resign as Florida's head coach

Florida head coach Urban Meyer shows his frustration

Florida head coach Urban Meyer shows his frustration during the first half against Florida State. (Nov. 27, 2010) Credit: MCT

Florida has confirmed earlier Twitter and web reports that head coach Urban Meyer will step down on Wednesday.

Brett McMurphy of AOL Fanhouse was the first to break the story.

Meyer will step down during a 6 p.m. press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Meyer, 46, and athletic director Jeremy Foley will address the media.

Florida says that Meyer will coach his final game on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl against Penn State.

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said in a statement on the school's website. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”

It was nearly a year ago that Meyer announced his resignation due to health reasons. Meyer had suffered chest pains during last season's SEC title game and stepped down a day after Christmas. A few days later Meyer announced that he had a change of heart and was taking an indefinite leave of absence, but would be back on the Florida sideline for the start of the 2010 season.

The 2010 season has been a tough one for Meyer. The Gators finished 7-5, including three straight losses to Alabama (31-6), LSU (33-29) and Mississippi State (10-7). The losses to LSU and Mississippi State were at home. The Gators also lost at home to South Carolina (36-14) and at rival Florida State (31-7).

In six seasons at Florida, Meyer has a 64-15 record with two national championships. Florida will play Penn State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

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