Urban Meyer is not retiring because of chest pains or other health problems. He’s leaving because he doesn’t want to rebuild the Gators’ football program. He announced he was going to leave when Tim Tebow left last year, but changed his mind shortly before the Southeastern Conference Championship Game because he knew his story about being sick wasn’t flying. Meyer is leaving the University of Florida because he doesn’t want to tarnish his legacy.
This is not the type of coach who wants to be part of rebuilding a program after a couple of down years. At the University of Florida, it is only going to get worse before it gets better again. I don’t think Meyer wants to put his family through the grinder that comes with losing, especially in today’s social media age.