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Meyer taking "leave of absence"

5 years ago December 27, 2009 Dec 27, 2009 Sunday, December 27 2009 Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:08:55 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Less than 24 hours after resigning, Florida coach Urban Meyer is instead taking an indefinite leave of absence that opens the door for his return to the Gators.

Meyer said at a news conference Sunday that he was offered and encouraged to take a leave of absence earlier in the week. He said being with his players at a "spirited practice" Sunday morning persuaded him not to resign.

On Saturday night, he shocked college football when he said he was stepping down after five seasons as Gators coach because of health concerns.

Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will run the team during Meyer's absence.

After the Southeastern Conference championship game three weeks ago, Meyer spent several hours in a Gainesville, Fla., hospital because of chest pains.

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