UPDATE: Mullen has released a statement regarding Meyer: "Urban has been a tremendous ambassador for college football and the sport will certainly miss him. He has been a great mentor and friend to me throughout my career and I hope he's able to enjoy time with his family."

That was it. I've texted Mullen to ask if he's spoken with Meyer, who held a press conference earlier this evening. Mullen did not immediately respond.


FanHouse reported earlier this afternoon that Urban Meyer will step down as Florida's head coach. A news conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern time. Florida has since sent out a release confirming it.

This is the second time in less than a year that Meyer has stepped down. Last time was for health reasons. So who knows if this is for good.

This obviously opens up a can of worms in Starkville. MSU coach Dan Mullen's name was near the top of the list last time, and you know it will be again. He's already been connected to the Miami opening, but he's repeatedly denied any interest in leaving Starkville.

I texted Mullen after the Meyer news broke, and he said he had not heard about it, nor had he talked with his mentor, under whom he worked at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida from 2001-08.

"News to me. Happy at State," Mullen said.

He then asked where I heard it, and when I told him, Mullen said, "Wow."

He declined further comment.

Meyer has won two BCS national titles in his six years in Gainesville, but the Gators struggled this year to a 7-5 mark. They will play in the Outback Bowl, and the release says Meyer will coach in that game.

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