Urban Meyer answers health questions 'non-stop'

Florida head football coach Urban Meyer at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)
Florida head football coach Urban Meyer at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Florida head coach Urban Meyer admits his brief decision to retire last season due to health concerns has created a lot of buzz, especially among recruits.

"I was asked quite often," Meyer said Wednesday during questions at SEC Media Days. "But how many times I answered that question is non-stop. We're still dealing with that non-stop."

At the end of the last football season, Meyer announced he was stepping down as head coach for undisclosed health reasons. A day later, he announced that instead of resigning, he would take a leave of absence for a few months. He returned to the team in March.

Meyer said Wednesday he had no regrets over his decision, but did admit there was some confusion.

"I think some things went on maybe behind the scenes that led to that," Meyer said. "Is there any regret? No, none whatsoever."

Meyer said what troubled him last year was knowing he was not healthy, but not knowing what the problem was.

"The issue was knowing there was something wrong and what was that," Meyer said. "That's been solved. The wear and tear of being a football coach, I've just got to be a little smarter.

"The issue was not coaching at Florida. The issue was what's going on and we're not finding it. We found it in January, so... that stress of knowing there's a health issue has been relieved. That's the biggest issue."

Meyer is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Florida Gators, winning two national championships during that time span. Florida begins football practice August 5 and plays its first football game on September 4 against Miami, Ohio.

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