Sunday, December 27, 2009
Live Tweeting Meyer's Presser with Jeremy Foley
@PeteThamelNYT Meyer on leave of absence: "I have accepted this offer to improve my health."
@GatorBenPBP Meyers wife and 3 kids are here
@Andy_Staples Meyer: Said he was encouraged by family members and Jeremy Foley to "step back for a minute."
@ osgators Meyer said Sugar Bowl is "full speed ahead" as far as preparations
@Andy_Staples Foley: Not to give this plan a shot wouldn't be fair to program or to Meyer. "Our primary concern is Coach Meyer and his health."
@osgators Urban says "to not try would not be the right thing to do."
@Gator_sports Tim Tebow says he admires Meyer for making decision to step away and that not many would have the guts to make the same choice.
@PeteThamelNYT Meyer on reason why he's taking leave as opposed to retiring: "The love that I have for each of these players."
@Andy_Staples Meyer: "I was advised that I needed to get this right or there would be some damage."
@osgators Jeremy Foley said Meyer called him from practice field. Meyer "was stunned" he wanted to return
@GatorBenPBP Meyers family found out when they stepped on the plane today
@PeteThamelNYT Meyer said that he's unsure if he's going to have to have a specific medical procedure. He said he needs to figure out how to scale back.
@PeteThamelNYT Meyer said he does think he'll coach the Gators next season.
@Andy_Staples: Meyer on his family: "They just found out recently as we stepped on the plane."
@Andy_Staples AP's Mark Long asks the money question and gets the money answer. Meyer's gut feeling is he will coach Gators in 2010.
@PeteThamelNYT Jeremy Foley: "The intent here is to make sure Urban goes and deals with the issues we discussed last night."
@GatorBenPBP Urban on having an irregular heart valve: "I don't want to get into that"
@tebowseyeblack Tebow aware of Meyer's health issues, but not the recent severity.
@PeteThamelNYT Foley said that two sleeping pills didn't help him get to sleep last night. Everything changed when Meyer called Foley from practice field.
@PeteThamelNYT Urban said he did not have a heart attack. He would not say if his doctors advised him to step away. Looked solemn when declining answer.
@Andy_Staples Meyer: I had a 30-year coaching career in nine years. You just can't do that.
@GatorBenPBP Presser just hit the 30 minute mark
@PeteThamelNYT Meyer on changing his habits and intensity: "I have to be smarter. I’m not very smart. That’s part of the problem."
@gamecocksblog Meyer ends presser by longingly talking about Spurrier. Says he plans to call him. Re: Urban needs tips on how to chill out.