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Meyer steps aside as Gators coach again

With his wife and two of his three children sitting a few feet away, Urban Meyer didn't have to look very far to be reminded why he's leaving as coach of Florida.

It’s all about family.

Meyer resigned Wednesday, stepping down for the second time in less than a year. His first attempt, which lasted one day, was for health reasons. This time it’s to be a better husband and father.

“At the end of the day, I’m very convinced that you’re going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won,” Meyer said.

The 46-year-old coach led Florida to two national titles but briefly resigned last December, citing health concerns. He had been hospitalized with chest pains.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley said the coaching search will begin immediately and he hopes to have a new coach before Christmas. Although Foley declined to offer names, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino are likely on the list.

COUGARS CHARGED

Two Washington State players have been charged with felonies and dropped from the team after the discovery of what Pullman police say were 38 marijuana plants in their rental home.

Coach Paul Wulff dismissed Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington, a Federal Way High graduate, on Wednesday. The redshirt freshmen had been suspended from all team activities since their Oct. 10 arrests. Atofau and Barrington were charged with manufacture of a controlled substance.

HUSKER SUSPENDED

Nebraska suspended starting sophomore defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler for the Holiday Bowl against Washington because he was ticketed on suspicion of drunken driving.

Steinkuhler, the son of former Nebraska star lineman Dean Steinkuhler, the 1983 Outland Trophy winner, started all 13 games this season, recording 31/2 sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman. He has 21 tackles for losses this year. Connecticut freshman offensive lineman Greg McKee, 18, was arrested on child pornography charges and was being held on $75,000 bond. He is redshirting this season. Standout Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, the school’s all-time leading receiver, made his initial court appearance on drug charges. He is charged with allowing drugs to be used and likely sold from his home, and with possession of a small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. UConn running back Jordan Todman is the Big East’s offensive player of the year and Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard is the defensive player of the year.

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