Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer resigned from his position Wednesday afternoon, citing a desire to spend more time with his family as the main cause for his decision.

Meyer made waves last season when he decided to resign before last season's AllState Sugar Bowl, but he opted instead to take a two-month leave of absence.

Here is Meyer's official statement regarding his decision:

"I have been a Division 1 football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been making a difference in the lives of the young men I have been so fortunate to have coached and building championship programs.

"At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.

"The decision to step down was a difficult one. But, after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I've been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports.

"I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.

"My family has shared both the commitment and the sacrifice required to coach at this level for so long and I would not have enjoyed the success I have had without their support."

Meyer plans to stay on and coach the Gators in the Outback Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions on New Year's Day.