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Ambulance transported Meyer

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS -

The 911 call made by Urban Meyer's wife, Shelley, was obtained by ESPN on Wednesday and reveals that it was made about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 6, and Urban was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after having chest pains and a tingling sensation in his side.

Florida had announced Meyer had checked himself into the hospital, but the tape disputes that claim.

On the call, Shelley Meyer said her husband was breathing with a pulse but she could not wake him up. She said her husband had taken an Ambien.

Meyer said earlier this week he hopes to coach UF in 2010 but is taking an indefinite period off following Friday's Sugar Bowl to work on his health.

Opinions are widespread on whether Meyer will be able to return next season.

"I don't necessarily think even he can predict where he's going to be when the 2010 season starts up," ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said.

Gators LB Ryan Stamper, a member of Meyer's first recruiting class at UF in 2005, thinks Meyer will be back coaching in the fall.

"I think it's definitely going to work out," Stamper said. "Coach Meyer is a really intense coach, he gives it his all and you could just tell by how he goes about practice and games that he gives it his all, everything is out of him afterwards and I think he deserves a break."

Senior tackle

Seniors traditionally hit a tackling bag and talk to the team in the last full practice of their careers, which was Wednesday.

"There wasn't any tears today, something I was surprised to see, but at the same time guys are so focused and so motivated for this game on Friday, that's really what all our focus is on," senior WR David Nelson said. "Our focus is on Cincinnati and to do our jobs. Maybe after the game we can be a little emotional and really enjoy the moment a little more. But right now this team is so focused and so ready to play the game that really nothing else matters."

Added QB Tim Tebow: "I think there have been so many emotional things over the last few days that this gets downplayed. It's still really special but at least there was as much crying and stuff that has been going on the last few days."

Tebow said Meyer is "going 100 percent" this week.

"He wants to win this final game and finish this season on a good note for us seniors and for the people leaving," Tebow said.

New challenges

Tebow said he is excited about his own future after his final college game Friday.

"The next few days after (the bowl) will be just meeting with agents and trying to decide who I want to go with and then deciding where I'm going to train and what I'm going to do as far as that, the Senior Bowl and deciding on that and everything else that goes with it," he said. "I think it's bittersweet. It's leaving something that has been very special to me but it's going on to a new chapter in my life and it's opening up something and creating a lot of new challenges and obstacles and just exciting times and fun times and I'm excited about that. I always enjoy challenges and that next step is going to be a lot of fun for me."

David Jones

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