According to several media reports including ESPN, Urban Meyer’s era at Florida will end with the Sugar Bowl next Friday.
Citing health concerns and a desire to focus on parts of his life he has neglected for years while coaching, Meyer’s sudden departure was a shock heard around the SEC and the college football nation.
“I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program,” Meyer said in a statement. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to reevaluate my priorities of faith and family.”
Meyer’s record prior to the final game of his career is 95-18 (56-10 at Florida) with two SEC Championships and two BCS Championships. Florida was undefeated this season (Meyer’s second – the other at Utah in 2004) until losing 32-13 to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Meyer was hospitalized for dehydration following that game.
Speculation is already running rampant about who may follow at what has become one of the most high profile programs in all of college football. Multiple sources are openly wondering if former Meyer assistant Dan Mullen will be a candidate. No credible evidence has yet emerged to suggest Mullen is, but his recent ties to the program make him someone at least likely to be considered. Mullen just completed his first year as head coach of Mississippi State. Prior to this year, he was offensive coordinator under Meyer at Florida.Powered by Sidelines