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Meyer Coverup Doesn't Work
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Florida coach Urban Meyer says he tried to cover up the reason for his hospital visit following the Southeastern Conference championship game because he didn't want to alarm his family or football team.

Meyer refused to answer several questions about his health when asked at a Sugar Bowl news conference. But he did address discrepancies between his wife's 911 call and what Florida officials initially said prompted his hospital stay.

Meyer says he "didn't want it to get out at all." He says he wanted to protect his children and his players, even if it meant "not coming clean with full details about something very personal."

At the time, Florida officials said Meyer was treated and released for dehydration.

Meyer's fifth-ranked Gators take on undefeated fourth-ranked Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl New Year's night.

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