He could use a break, they're looking into the program, and it's a rebuilding year as he's gonna lose a ton of players.
If he's not planning on heading to the pros, Kirk Ferentz would be a good guy to make a play for. Tough to compete for it all out of Iowa in the Big Ten.
I say Meyer makes the jump to the pros.
Not knowing how serious his health problems are,I say he sits out 2 to 3 years,then goes back to coaching.
Maybe he has inner turmoil like BB?
I think Spurrier makes alot of sense...
Recruiting is well on its way so you have to think it will be a current head coach and you want someone who you know can coach the SEC... that's why I think Spurrier is an obvious choice... Florida has so much talent so it's a gravy job but their are high expectations and hard shoes to fill...
Meyer's going to recommend Whittingham, who will run the same spread option Meyer has. I think have some semblance of continuity will go a long way when there's been so much turmoil this off-season.
Both are young, up-and-comers in the coaching rank who at the same time have proven track records as head coaches. They would both build up the program.
I would prefer Patterson at TCU over Wittingham as well if this were my team, but that's just my preference.
An interesting note, Mort is reporting that the condition is not life threating, which is a plus, but he also says that Meyer will stay on with the program in some other sort of capacity.
The new coach will have to be able to accept that Meyer will still be there involved with the program, so it makes sense that it would be someone who has worked with him before, so one of the Coordinators or Wittingham makes a lot of sense.
Whatever. Both are awesome.
Heck, I wish Patterson didn't just sign that fat extension down at TCU. He wouldn't be half bad either.
These are the guys Florida should go after. Not bringing in NFL guys like Shannahan or Gruden or bringing Spurrier back.
I doubt he's one to fake a health condition to get out from Florida (Or that anybody is that big of a scumbag)....so I hope all the best for him and his family.
With that said, wow, what a shocking piece of news.
Florida should have their pick of coaches, so they'll be fine.
Taking Meyer at his word (no reason to doubt), it's crazy that a 45 yr old non-obese man would have to retire because of health reasons. You hope it's something he can medically control so he can get back to work in a couple of years.
As noted, he was hospitilized earlier this month because of heart issues.
maybe he is waiting for U of M to fire Rich Rod, and then he can come there and kick OSUs butt......lol
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4772952GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer, who was admitted to a hospital because of chest pains following the Southeastern Conference championship game, is stepping down because of health concerns.
Meyer has been to the hospital at least twice since suffering chest pains after the SEC title game, a Florida source told ESPN. The heart problems are stress related, not congenital, a source close to the situation told ESPN.
The problem is not life threatening, a Florida source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The same source said Meyer will remain in Gainesville in a non-coaching role to be defined later.
very shocking indeed....i dont know how serious his health issues are but if they werent to serious i doubt he would step down...guy has it made at florida.