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Urban Meyer says he wanted to hide chest pains

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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.

Speaking at a Sugar Bowl news conference Thursday, Meyer refused to answer several questions about his health. 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."

School officials said Meyer was treated and released for dehydration.

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