Meyer severs financial ties with Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former Florida coach Urban Meyer has
severed financial ties with the Gators to avoid potential NCAA
recruiting violations.

Meyer had remained on Florida's payroll since resigning in

He signed a deal with ESPN earlier this week to become a college football analyst, and his role discussing potential
recruits during a national signing day telecast Wednesday likely
would have been an NCAA violation.

So Meyer had to choose between Florida and ESPN.

Meyer says he will continue to support "the many friends I made
during my time" at Florida.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley says Meyer "will always be
welcome here and we are forever indebted for what he accomplished
and how he represented the University of Florida."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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