Lots of smoke on the ‘net regarding a 5:00 pm press coverage where University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer is expected to announce his resignation. Take it with a grain of salt, but here are details from @GatorUpdates:
Urban Meyer to step down as #Gators head coach this evening at 5pm EST per athletic department.
and fromSporting News Radio Host @Todd_Wright:
I’ve been told by multiple people to watch for Urban Meyer to step down (again) as Florida Gators head football coach later today.
@GatorUpdates also goes as far to report that Meyer checked himself into the hospital during the week of the UGA game and has been undergoing tests ever since.
Guess we’ll know for sure a 5:00 pm.
UPDATE: It’s official. From UF’s official statement:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Urban Meyer arrived at the University of Florida six years ago as one of college football’s most highly regarded up-and-coming coaches.
In a feat difficult to accomplish in today’s hype-filled sports world, Meyer not only lived up to the advance billing, he surpassed it. Meyer will leave UF as the nation’s winningest active coach with 10 seasons or more following a six-year stretch like no other in the 105-year history of Florida football.
Meyer, 46, informed Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that he was contemplating resigning and the two finalized the plan Tuesday. Meyer told the Gators of his decision during a team meeting earlier this afternoon. UF has scheduled a press conference for 6 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where Meyer and Foley will address the media.
Meyer will remain Florida’s head coach through the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day.