Meyer remains the only coach in college football with two consensus BCS titles, and this past summer some were comparing him with legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.The Florida Gators, who recently lost their defensive coordinator, Charlie Strong, to the University of Louisville, play on New Year’s evening against the Cincinnati Bearcats. In the meantime, the shockwaves from Meyer’s abrupt departure will be felt for months, if not years.
“Coach Meyer and I have talked this through and I realize how hard this was for him to reach this decision,” Foley said in a statement. “But, the bottom line is that Coach Meyer needed to make a choice that is in the best interest of his well being and his family. I certainly appreciate what he has meant to the University of Florida, our football program and the Gator Nation. I have never seen anyone more committed to his players, his family and his program. Above all, I appreciate our friendship.”
Meyer helped the Gators win two national titles in five years at Florida. He is the only coach to win two BCS titles.