The unyielding stress of the coach's life eventually became too much for Urban Meyer to handle. Again.
Roughly one year after announcing his retirement as head coach of the Florida Gators--and then un-retiring soon afterward--Meyer has again announced his intention to step down in Gainesville. The shocking news comes on the heels of a disappointing 7-5 season, Meyer's worst with the Gators.
Meyer's last game as Florida coach will be on New Year's Day, when he takes on Penn State and the legendary Joe Paterno (who, it should be noted, has two fewer retirements on his record than Meyer) in the Outback Bowl.
In a statement released by Florida on Wednesday afternoon, Meyer said the grind of coaching had taken its toll, and that he was intent on spending more time with his family.
"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," Meyer said. "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."
Meyer was 64-15 during his tenure at Florida, winning two national championships and two SEC championships. He was also 16-2 against the Gators' three main rivals--Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State.
Photo: Urban Meyer is stepping down after six years as head coach at Florida. (Getty Images)