The Truth About Aaron Hernandez and Urban Meyer

What happened at Florida? Not what some of the media has been reporting. Written by somebody who observed the Gator program from the inside for an entire season.

By BUDDY MARTIN

Go ahead – throw tomatoes at me. Call me a “homer.” You’ve got your mind made up about Urban Meyer and nothing I write is going to change that.

Let me try, anyway.

I saw Urban Meyer’s Florida football program from the inside for an entire season. Between the Gators’ two national championships, while writing his authorized biography, Urban’s Way, I was granted unparalleled access for a journalist.

I attended coaches meetings; observed dozens of closed practices; ate meals with the team, including during Family Night; rode the bus to the stadium with the team; ran through the tunnel on to Florida Field; sat inside the lockerroom during halftime, pre-game and post-game sessions; listened on the headsets as plays were called; conducted one-on-one interviews with every coach and several dozen players; and spoke off the record with school authorities about the off-field problems of every player who had been in trouble with the coaching staff or the law.

Like at almost all other programs, there were some issues with athletes at Florida. I wrote in the book about 17 players who had brushes with the law – most of them driving violations, suspended licenses, substance abuse or alcohol related incidents, or fights. There was only one case of a firearm which a player shot in the parking lot of bar, for which he was arrested, charged and dismissed from the team.

And before you ask, no, I wasn’t asked to pull any punches in the more than 130,000-word narrative published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in 2008.

As a condition, I did sign a confidentiality agreement, which I continue to honor. Only now, however, after the recent Aaron Hernandez scandal, do I come forward with some of this information.

So if Urban Meyer is undergoing Trial by Media, what are the charges? That he harbored the criminals? That he knowingly coddled renegade athletes and looked the other way at their indiscretions? Or that he was loose with facts about his intentions to leave the job at Florida and therefore hypocritically portrayed his program as clean when it was overrun by the criminal element? To the well-informed those charges are almost laughable.

If Meyer was harboring criminals or hiding axe murderers in helmets and pads, I must have overlooked them.

Now Meyer is being characterized by some critics as someone who recruited troubled players and allowed them to run amok – not at all what I saw or heard.

As a matter of fact, the “30” which is often used to define the Meyer as the number of players who had been arrested was not even the most in the SEC. That distinguished achievement belonged to Georgia.

There was this huge controversy over how Meyer left Florida for Ohio State, which some critics have tried to lump together with his Aaron Hernandez connection as Acts One and Two of a morality play. But if there was a conspiracy to fleece The Gator Nation and play a Jedi Mind Trick on the fans by pulling off a disappearing act from Gainesville, I’m sorry – I totally missed it, too.

How I know? I lived in his world for almost 12 months.

*     *     *

I was in the Meyer’s residence on numerous occasions and their lake home several more times. I went with the coaching staff to Longboat Key and cruised Tampa Bay on two occasions. And I was in contact with Urban on a regular basis.

Bitter fans and a few hardheaded columnists will continue to portray him as Jesse James and Benedict Arnold. But I can tell you first-hand that the Urban Meyer they claim to know is not the one I befriended starting in 2007.

Neither was he Al Capone.

Some suggest it was a promiscuous atmosphere around Meyer’s program which led to one of his former players becoming a major suspect in one or more murders.

I would not characterize Meyer’s program as “renegade” or “permissive.” In fact, I venture to say he and his coaches spent more time mentoring/babysitting their athletes than any coaching staff I’ve ever known.

This is not to deny Hernandez got in trouble at Florida. Some bloggers have implied that Hernandez failed multiple drug tests at UF – as many as nine – but Meyer and other insiders I spoke with say that’s grossly exaggerated. The records are sealed.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Hernandez was among several Florida Gators questioned after Corey Smith was shot in the head at about 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2007, while driving a Crown Victoria past 1250 W. University Avenue.

According to the Orlando newspaper: “Two men were shot, including one in the head, prompting Gainesville police to categorize the incident as an attempted homicide. No charges have been filed and the case is still considered open.’

The man who drove Hernandez to the police station for questioning told me he sat downstairs for six hours awaiting the outcome. Hernandez was told by police they would get back to him. The next time they did, Hernandez had employed the services of prominent defense attorney Huntley Johnson. The Gainesville cops never interrogated Hernandez again.

When Urban broke his silence on the Hernandez case recently, he vehemently denied that his former tight end had a long rap sheet or was allowed to operate by a different set of standards as a Gator in Gainesville. When interviewed in Columbus: “He was questioned about being a witness (to a shooting), and he had an argument in a restaurant (in which Hernandez allegedly struck an employee in an argument over an unpaid bill), and he was suspended one game (reportedly for a failed marijuana test). Other than that, he was three years a good player. That was it.”

As for the reports that Hernandez failed multiple drug tests?

“This is absolutely not true,” said Meyer. “Hernandez was held to the same drug-testing policy as every other player.”

*     *     *

This is what I learned about how Hernandez got to Florida. He was recruited by an assistant coach from Connecticut, who knew of his checkered past.

Meyer balked at recruiting him. Partly because one of his assistant coaches was so passionate about signing Hernandez and partly because he became convinced “the mission” could change him, Meyer recapitulated.

Urban brought Hernandez to early morning bible study. He even assigned Aaron as Tebow’s roommate his first year and asked the Pouncey brothers, Mike and Maurkice, to stay close by his side.

Does this sound like a man coddling a criminal?

Or maybe like Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his celebrated coach Bill Belichick, perhaps Urban Meyer was “duped.”

*     *     *

I can’t say I really know Hernandez, but numerous times I had been in group with other media when he was interviewed. When I talked to Hernandez one-on-one for the Urban Meyer book, he was very expressive about his strong feeling for his coach.  This is what I wrote:

” … As Tebow points out, part of the mission is helping young men get their lives on track. One of those most appreciative is Aaron Hernandez, who came to Florida in January 2006, just after his father had died. He was feeling lost and drifting, ‘headed down the wrong path,’ admitted Hernandez.

“I (Hernandez) had a little emptiness in me. He (Meyer) kind of filled it—a father figure, someone I could look up to,” said the junior tight end from Connecticut. “He was always there for me. Even when I made bad decisions, he always took me through them and taught me the right direction. And he showed me the love I needed at the right time.”

Only now has Hernandez come to understand why Urban Meyer was so hard on him for not paying attention to studies, or doing the wrong things off the field.

“He always wants the best for his players. Sometimes it seems like he doesn’t like you. He knows how to play mind games with you to make you reach your potential. Not many coaches in this world really care about their players. He cares about his players. Wants the best for them. Wants them to have a great education. Wants them to do stuff out of football once they’re done. He and I have a bond. I love him as a father figure as well as a coach.”

*     *     *

As to the inference that Meyer coddled the criminal element, it is true that his home was open to many players who often came over and swam in the Meyer’s pool, feasted on Shelley Meyer’s cupcakes and enjoyed family activities. Including Hernandez.

Would a man allow “criminals” to roam free in his home with his family?

Meyer  demanded that all his position coaches “babysit” their players and know everything from their test scores, to their girl friends problems to their after-hours conduct.

Maybe Meyer could be charged with being naive enough to think he could help rehabilitate a soul in a Christian-like atmosphere where forgiveness is the underpinning.

Those who suggest that players with criminal records were held to a different standard should remember that a Heisman Trophy winner who won a national championship for Auburn was run out of the Florida program. Cam Newton was playing behind Tim Tebow when he quit school before he was about to be tossed out.

This isn’t to suggest Meyer ran a school for Girl Scouts.

Know this about his modus operandi: He will take every permissible competitive edge, but he abhors cheaters.

Continuing to recruit players who had verbally committed to other schools before they had signed a grant-in-aid didn’t win him any popularity contest with other coaches.

Media members were miffed that he wouldn’t go public with many of the team injuries – and would not comment on them. The Florida coach was accused of masking suspensions by holding out players with minor injuries.

This bred an air of suspicion and perhaps led to an assumption that Meyer had manipulated the truth when he quit as coach, came back, then announced his health was forcing him to get out of coaching, which he did for a year when he worked for ESPN as a college football analyst. When Ohio State came calling and Urban said “yes,” the I-told-you-sos lambasted him as a hypocrite and a liar.

I can tell you for a fact that Meyer did not orchestrate the Ohio State deal. In the second month of his 2011 season with ESPN, on a weekday, he invited me to come to his home for an off-the-record chat. He was cleared eyed, calm and had put back on about 15 pounds that he had lost due to stress. That day he openly admitted that he wanted to coach again one day but was enjoying broadcasting immensely. “Maybe in a couple of years,” he said of his coaching future.

He knew he wanted to coach again, but wasn’t ready to even tell his wife Shelley about it – let alone make a public pronouncement.

Meanwhile, he still had an office at the Florida athletic department and was sort of a good will ambassador for the program.

At that point, there were still rumors about Joe Paterno, pre-scandal, stepping down and that some alumni had targeted Urban as his successor. Penn State had never been on his so-called short list of coaching jobs, which included Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

*     *     *

In the end, all the legal hassles and problematic behavior of his athletes began to wear on Meyer.

With two national championships under his belt, Meyer had the program on elite status in December 2009. Then the bomb exploded. One of his star defensive players went to the birthday party of a teammate, had too much to drink and was found passed out in his car at a stoplight, motor running. Oddly enough, he wasn’t even known among his teammates as a drinker had rejected a ride from a designated driver.

Carlos Dunlap was kicked off the team just five days prior to the Dec. 5 SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama. That Saturday night, had the Gators beaten the Crimson Tide as they had the year before, Meyer had a legitimate shot at becoming the first college coach ever to win three BCS titles in four years. Instead, without Carlos Dunlap as a defender, Nick Saban’s team ran roughshod over the Gators, 32-13, and went on to win the national title. Maybe Dunlap’s presence would have altered that outcome, maybe not. But it certainly had a huge negative impact on the team and the coach.

Later that same night, Meyer fell out of bed clutching his chest and his wife called 911. He was hauled away in an ambulance thinking he was having a heart attack. A few days later he resigned. When he tried to come back, it was never the same. He left behind a legacy of 65 wins, 15 losses as the school’s winningest coach, plus two SEC trophies and a pair of crystal mementoes.

*     *     *

The real morality play about evil vs. good is still playing out among the triumvirate of Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow and Aaron Hernandez. Little revelations here and there add up to an intriguing scenario about three men who came together on a football field to perform remarkable athletic accomplishments, but are now miles apart in geography and ethical forensics.

After being bashed by those who charged Meyer with a coverup of Hernandez’s alleged criminal conduct at Florida, the Ohio State coach broke his silence in an interview with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch. He explained why he chosen to so:

“Whenever someone attacks your character, our staff — people aren’t aware of all the things we do in terms of being a mentor, dealing with issues and all that. Yeah, I have been avoiding talking about this because you’re talking about a serious crime; you’re talking about families that have been very affected by this. And to pull something back personal that isn’t true from four to seven years ago, that’s mind-boggling to me.”

Tebow has yet to weigh in on Hernandez. A story recently characterized the quarterback as a willing participant in an attempt to rehabilitate Hernandez who went as far as to try and extricate his teammate from a barroom incident in which he punched somebody.

Squeaky clean Tebow in a bar? “Yes,” so the joke now goes. “He was there to bless the wine.”

So powerful has Tebow’s living testimony been that even troubled stars like Daryl Strawberry have embraced his virtue.

“I look at Tebow. He gets bashed because of his faith. Let ‘em laugh. Let ‘em talk. He’s a greater man than anyone who might be greater than him as an athlete. He’s a real man,” Strawberry recently said in an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The fact is that not even one of the most revered athletes in college football history who wore his faith on his sleeves and his eye black could not reverse the ill-fated fortune of someone accused of such heinous crimes as mob-style execution.

So why couldn’t Meyer and Tebow change Hernandez? Insiders say if he’d been able to play for the 49ers or Cowboys or Packers and avoided going back to his old neighborhood maybe there would have been a shot, so to speak. Meyer talked about that in the Dispatch article.

“At the end of the day, there is free will,” said Meyer. “You can’t change people. You can set the table and try to help them, make sure there is a spiritual component in their life, make sure there is a family atmosphere. And that’s what we try to do — it’s what we’ve tried to do everywhere.”

In a poignant commentary for FoxSports.com, columnist Jason Whitlock blamed the conduct of Hernandez and other criminals in sports on a diseased culture, saying he was “a natural byproduct” of a group that glamorizes the prison/gangster/hip-hop lifestyle and has “installed Tony Soprano as America’s most celebrated icon above Joe Montana.” Whitlock, who is African-American, went on to say that rapper/agent Jay-Z was “this generation’s Babe Ruth and Beyonce (his wife) is Marilyn Monroe.” He suggested that those so-inclined athletes favor the image of Soprano’s loose-cannon nephew Christopher Moltisanti over LeBron James.

*     *     *

In his first season at Ohio State, Meyer led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 season although they were ineligible for the post-season. His OSU team is already ranked as one of the favorites to win everything this fall.

Meanwhile, some people seem to want to portray Meyer as the villain — and I don’t mean the fans at Michigan or Alabama. His biggest battle seems to be not against the Big Ten rivals, but against the perception that he fostered an environment that bred the likes of Aaron Hernandez.

In the end, as suggested by Whitlock, perhaps it is the glamorization of evil icons in a drug-idolizing American culture which has stacked the deck against the Meyers and the Tebows of the world.

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40 responses to “The Truth About Aaron Hernandez and Urban Meyer

  1. Rob H.

    Thank you for a view of Meyer that does not characterize him as a demon in an attempt at page views. It’s refreshing to hear from someone who had access to the team & it’s coach that while not a perfect man, there is no reason to implicate him as a man who fostered a criminal environment.

  2. Vic Jeffreys

    Great writing Buddy. It is about time people get to see who the real Urban Meter is!!

  3. John H

    very well done, thanks for the effort you put in to write such a comprehensive article-

  4. Pete Foley

    You said it all in that final paragraph, Buddy. Nicely penned!

  5. This is a very interesting read about Urban Meyer and Aaron Hernandez from a true wordsmith (and former newspaper bud), Buddy Martin. I’m not a fan of Urban but I appreciate the case put forth by Buddy … especially the final paragraph.

  6. JaxDawg05

    Only 11 paragraphs to bring up UGA arrests in a story about Urban Meyer? Stopped reading after objective Buddy Martin says “befriended”. Just another star struck “friend” of the program

  7. Chris

    You make Meyer out to be a saint! Just because Georgia had more arrests than Florda means its ok that about a third of his roster got poped by the long arm of the law? Also, star athletes receive star treatment, Hernandez was one of the three best players on that team! You can’t tell me Urban held him to the same standard of a third string LB. I think some of this is probably factual but it seems you’re just sticking up for a guy who let you into the world of a major college football program at their highest point…

  8. JWF

    Buddy, you are certainly a homer. Check the judgement of the guys you say Meyer asked to watch after Hernandez. http://twitter.com/JazzyNice5/status/356415714275504130/photo/1

    • Brian Smith

      Damn…….now they are the 2 great guys I want to keep an eye on my son and help mentor/teach him right from wrong…LOL

  9. sookemlou@charter.net

    Why do you think Bama fans villianize him?

  10. BenG.

    Don’t cry for Urban, Argentina. When you consistently brag about recruiting the “top 1% of 1%” and refer to a rival program’s players as a bunch of “animals running loose in the streets,” you invite this sort of scrutiny. Glass houses, stones, etc.

  11. As always Buddy, you are on the money. Thanks my friend

  12. Sherry M. Verner

    My dad was Red Mitchum . He would have been very proud of you .
    I know you would have loved to share this writing with him.
    I also, know you miss him as much as, I . He loved all of your writing.

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  14. Tough situation. You bring in talented kids who are high risk from a character standpoint and try to mentor them and give them a path to a successful life off the streets. There is no question it is a win at all costs mentality in big college sports but it should not preclude anyone from taking a chance and giving a kid a second chance. When one looks at the transgressions of most of the UF players they were dumb emotional kid stuff the type of stuff you would see in a classic film like Animal House or Old School. Trying to get a boot off your seized vehicle is hardly a violent transgression. Trying to steal back your girlfriends impounded car from the lot is dumb but not necessarily suggestive of a program running amok. Urban Meyer is an easy target but I can not help think that if he suspected Aaron Hernandez had this dark side he never would have exposed his wife and children to him. I do believe the shooting incident in 2007 which implicated the Pouncey’s and Reggie Nelson as well as Hernandez certainly needed to be looked in by Coach Meyer and his staff. If they did and felt their players were not involved it further supports Urban’s position and actions. Great writing Buddy. I miss you at GatorCountry

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  16. Shawn Hiller

    This man Buddy Martin was there, writing a book about Florida. Martin was an impartial observer that was allowed to be on the inside of the Florida program when they were in their heyday. Yet the critics throw stones at Martin too, as though he, Martin has a vested interest in portraying Urban Meyer as a good man, a good coach. Not perfect, but a good man. At some point Meyer needs to tell you folks to go pound sand.

  17. Buddy,

    I can appreciate the things you wrote; however, you failed to deal with all of the issues that indicate Meyer let certain players do what they want. There have been many allegations made by former players, regarding the “Circle of Trust” and other issues. Percy Harvin throwing Coach Gonzalez to the ground, comes to mind. If true, Percy should have been kicked off the team, immediately. Look at the comments made by Jenoris Jenkins, after he was kick out, by Muschamp. There are too may incidents that point to Meyer losing control of the program. If he ran the tight ship, you write about, he would not have lost control.

    Meyer was disingenuous about why he left Florida. He may have had some health issues; however, I believe it went much deeper than that. I am convinced that he lost control. He put too much power in the hands of the players. Look at all the issues with Floyd and Easley, when they were Freshmen. Heck, they almost left the program, because of how certain players were allowed to treat them. It turned out that Floyd was a model student-athlete; so, I doubt it was his ego. I, also, believe Meyer knew that he was facing a rebuilding project and he had a nemesis, named Saban, who had taken Meyer’s throne away. He made such a big deal out of wanting to spend time with his family; yet, he takes a job with ESPN that required him to travel a lot. You don’t just turn off the desire to spend time with your family and claim that you didn’t realize how much you would miss coaching. I can’t help but believe the allegations that there was a plan for Meyer to take over for Joe Pa. Joe Pa wanted to hand-pick his successor and Meyer would have been at the top of his list. While with ESPN, Meyer spent a lot of time visiting Big 10 schools. Was he studying them? Just so happen, the OSU job opened up and Meyer was saved from the PSU mess. I don’t know if those things are true; but, there is reason to believe it is.

    Then, Meyer reports UF for recruiting violations,that didn’t happen. Meyer claimed he didn’t have anything to do with it – bull. You can not convince me that their compliance staff would report Meyer’s previous employer without his blessing. There’s no way he found out about it, after the fact – no way.

    Buddy, you have a lot of credibility with most Gator fans. To an outsider, however, your comments appear to be biased. You got too close and you were involved with a pay site, that needed inside access to get the stories. You need that access now and in the future, as well. I am convinced that you would not intentionally overlook certain things; yet, someone on the outside would not share that opinion.

    Who knows what really happened. I was taught that, in most cases, that the truth usually lies in the middle. I, along with most of Gator Nation, would prefer that this all go away. We would rather concentrate on the 2013 season and what Muschamp has accomplished to get us back to competing for championships. Meyer’s legacy, at UF, is forever tarnish. He will never be welcomed as the Gator he once appeared to be. It would serve us all, if he is known as the coach of OSU and UF not be mentioned in the same breath as his name. It would be great, however, if Foley could set up a home and home with OSU. Now,that would be fun to talk about.

    • Your comment: “Meyer was disingenuous about why he left Florida. He may have had some health issues; however, I believe it went much deeper than that. I am convinced that he lost control. He put too much power in the hands of the players. Look at all the issues with Floyd and Easley, when they were Freshmen.”

      Go back and read the piece again — as I wrote in that story, when he resigned and came back he had lost control. As as fan, you can blame Urban for whatever reason, but he had the right to walk away and I know for a fact when he did, it wasn’t to go to another school. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to coach again. And even if you want to demonize him for being what you termed being “disingenuous,” you still have to give him credit for the trophies in the trophy case.—Buddy
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      Your comment: “Buddy, you have a lot of credibility with most Gator fans. To an outsider, however, your comments appear to be biased. You got too close and you were involved with a pay site, that needed inside access to get the stories. You need that access now and in the future, as well. I am convinced that you would not intentionally overlook certain things; yet, someone on the outside would not share that opinion.”

      Your charge that I wrote the book to gain access to the program for a paid website is, once again, inaccurate. When I started the book after the 2006 season I wasn’t running or writing for Gator Country. I was a newspaper editor.
      While writing Urban’s Way, there was no attempt to cover up anything and the agreement which I worked under is that I would write the truth. I was not privvy to all the incidents that happened, but I can tell you they were not unlike other college football programs that have similar problems you don’t hear about. Those other coaches don’t allow journalists to get that close.
      You can choose to like or not like Urban Meyer, and you can choose whatever version of truth you prefer based on rumor, hearsay and innuendo — or the superficial media reports. I was there. I wrote about what I saw and heard. I never took a $1 from anybody connected with the UF football program. — Buddy
      —-

      • Buddy,

        I was not accusing you of anything – I was pointing out how an outsider sees things. Like I wrote, you have a lot of credibility, among Gator Nation and I have always appreciated your work. I apologize if I gave the impression that you used your position to gain access to the program – that was not my intention.

        Thanks for providing your view of things!

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  19. Good recap, Buddy. I applaud you for giving the stirred hornets the space to buzz around in aimless pursuit. Tell me, though, do morality plays ever have a Third Act? Jim Head

  20. It’s a shame that a guy who wins a couple of SEC and NC’s is so reviled at Florida instead of being revered. Of course there is a certain section of the Florida faithful who feel the same way about Spurrier. This same segment that are always going to create a lot of pressure on whoever coaches at Florida, they expect the Gators to win every game and the NC every year and wail loudly when they don’t. Sometimes I wish these people would just shut up. If he had just stayed retired the first time this probably would not have happened. It was obvious the next season that Meyer did not have the same fire that he had previously and was burnt out at Florida. Not to mention what a huge mistake it was to put the future of the Florida program on John Brantley’s shoulders. It was time for him to go and there are certainly a number of ‘character’ issues with Meyer and his time at Florida. If he didn’t leave he would have dragged the Florida program down farther than Doug Dickey or Charley Pell did. I don’t really have feelings one way or the other about how he left Florida but I sure do appreciate him winning two of the three crystal balls in the Florida showcase.

  21. scott

    Gators, Buckeyes, football fans, lend me your ears; I have come here to bury Urban, not to praise him.

  22. nick norris

    Caesar:
    Let me have men about me that are fat,
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
    Yond Urban has a lean and hungry look,
    He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.

  23. While I have clearly stated in GC postings that I was unhappy with the manner in which Coach Meyer left the UF and believe that he had indeed lost control of the team. I am also disappointed in fans throwing bricks at Buddy Martin and several other GC writers.At the time of those two National
    championships I, like many other Gator fans, lived in a wonderful world of delight. If we were hoodwinked, we were a willing dupe. Buddy wrote great stories about the Gators long before Urban came to town and as many of you have observed, he did it in fine style.

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  25. Meyer quit. When he returned, he only gave it a half effort, letting Adazio run the squad. Meyer just coasted, letting down all the young men he had promised so much when he recruited them. He let down the Gator nation as well. Never have I seen a coach mail it in like Meyer.
    He said he was quitting to be able to spend weekends with his family, then immediately took a job traveling on weekends with his new ESPN family. That’s one of many reasons why he is known as Urban Liar.
    He brutally ripped a Sentinel writer for an innocuous question. He brutally ripped and publically humiliated a young woman who approached him for an autograph at a restaurant in the Caribbean.
    Florida wanted Steve Spurrier to come back, but they will never want Meyer, there’s a lesson in that.

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  28. Cool read from a real insider, sad other outlet don;t bother to get the real story and just print what sells advertsing. Meyer is a good guy trying to do what was right.

  29. I can appreciate those of you who defend Urban. I, too, enjoyed the championships; however, I can’t reconcile Urban reporting us to the NCAA and then lie about it. He claimed that he had no knowledge of it. I find that very hard to believe. Meyer runs the show, up there and I don’t see his compliance office reporting Florida or doing anything that would involve UF, without Urban’s blessing. He sealed his fate with a lot of Gator fans, including me, by reporting us.

  30. BrutusBuckeye138

    Florida you can have Meyer back. He is a condescending arrogant snob that has been rubbing the alumni, boosters and fans at OSU the wrong way.
    Please stop trying to portray his 12-0 season at OSU as something special.He beat 9 bad teams and 3 average teams.A high school coach could have done the same. I give him 3 more years before a mysterious illness or an NFL job comes along and Myer will do what he does best, leaves.

    • Not a chance Florida will ever take him back. Wait until that egomaniac alienates the media too. The reason Meyer took the OSU job was so that he could play an easy schedule, he left Florida so he didn’t have to play that SEC schedule every year. The NFL will never have anything to do with Meyer, he coaches the spread which will never work in the big show. And you’re right he’ll be gone in 3-4 years when everything starts catching up to him.

      • Well, let’s all reconvene after two more seasons. Then we will see how history judges your comments. I can serve up a great crow sandwich and will be willing to eat same if Urban hasn’t won a Big Ten title or two and put the Buckeyes in a position to challenge for a crystal trophy.

      • Winning a conference title in the Big 10 is not that impressive to me. If they actually manage to win a crystal trophy without the refs stealing it from them I will take my crow medium rare if you please. But I think Florida will win another crystal football before OSU and then you can dine.

  31. That should have been “for them” not “from them”, sorry.

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