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 December. 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."
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