Book: Meyer has cyst that is aggravated by stress


Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 9:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 9:14 p.m.

Urban Meyer's announcement of his resignation due to health reasons came as a surprise on Saturday.

But in his book, "Urban's Way" written by Buddy Martin in 2008, Meyer acknowledged that he had a cyst in his brain that was aggravated by stress

“Since his days when he blacked out and nearly fell while on the sidelines as an assistant at Notre Dame, Meyer had tried to learn how to better control his emotions. It turned out to be an arachnoid cyst on his brain, benign, but it also caused severe migraines when aggravated by emotional stress. The doctors told Meyer to ‘cool it with the screaming and yelling,’ which he did until he became a head coach at Utah. During a game against Oregon, in a tense moment or the fourth quarter, he almost passed out. Doctors helped him pinpoint those emotional outbursts - usually, in the fourth quarter - and he began to alter his behavior pattern.

“Before he had any more outbursts, he had to stop and think about that.”

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