"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.
"After consulting with my family, Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and my doctors, I believe it is in my best interest to step aside and focus on my health and family."
I can't help but think of one note re. Coach Meyer that dates back to Toledo's last two seasons in Westwood. It was Odysseus (who went to Notre Dame for law school) who first told me back in 2002-03 season that we ought to be paying very close attention to the head coach from Bowling Green.
Few months later a poster named "Kawaii" (who has now become somewhat of a legend on BRO since he stopped posting after getting disgusted with Dorrell era) who made the case how UCLA should have been investing in a coach like Meyer than someone like Dorrell. At the time Meyer ended up going to Utah for a contract around 600,000, and we ended up with Karl Dorrell. Kawaii had written that the Dorrell hiring would set UCLA back for at least 10 years, while Meyer would go on to become a legend in college football.
I am sure there will be all kinds of analysis and speculation on what led to this bombshell decision. I imagine there will also be (kind of crass) recruiting speculation as number of UCLA targets either have already committed or are thinking of Florida.
We should put all of that aside and at least in this thread wish Coach Meyer and his family well. Hope whatever it is I hope Meyer feels better soon. College football will not be the same without him.