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Shocking: Florida players support Urban Meyers' immaturity

Mar 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t read it with my own eyes: several players for the Florida Gators, who have undoubtedly been conditioned from the second they arrived on campus to believe that their beloved coach should not only be revered, but worshiped like a god, amazingly chose to take his side in a feud with a local newspaper reporter.
But that appears to be the case after players stepped forward to support Urban Meyer after he was videotaped shamefully berating Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler for engaging the reprehensible act of performing the duties of a journalist.
Strange days, my friends. Strange days, indeed. I mean, I can only imagine that if the players had chosen to criticize their beloved and clearly megalomaniacal coach, the consequences would have been minimal.


Likely as a result of Meyer’s misdirected and embarrassing temper tantrum Wednesday, Florida officials originally intended to not make players and coaches available to the media after practice on Friday, but I guess they must have felt that the players had received a sufficient amount of “coaching” between Wednesday and Friday afternoon – in more ways than one.
One member of the Gators who was more than happy to come to the defense of his coach was quarterback John Brantley.The QB played a huge role in what originally caused the mess, as the comments from Deonte Thompson reported by Fowler had to do with the quarterback. Fowler quoted Thompson as stating Brantley is a “real quarterback” compared to Tim Tebow and the fact that Fowler included that quote verbatim in his story appear to be the primary source of Meyers’ frustration.
From the AP story:

“Coach has our back,” Brantley said. “That’s what you want to see out of your coaches. We trust our coaches and they trust us, and that’s what we want to see.”

Center Mike Pouncey concurred, saying, “He got our back and we got his back.”
Huh. There appears to be an eerie consistency between the two statements. Obvious coincidence, of course.
Speculation is that the reason Meyer was so infuriated with Fowler was because Thompson is such a good kid, has never been in trouble and shouldn’t have been put in such an unfair position by the reporter. And from what I can gather, the unfair position consists of being held accountable for something he said which was reported accurately and was neither manipulated or twisted by Fowler into something it wasn’t – even if Thompson did ultimately regret saying it.
That Urban Meyer, I tell ya: turning young boys into fine, upstanding men, right before our very eyes. Just as long as they stay in the world he has painstakingly and meticulously created for them, free from the prying eyes and ears of the “bad guys,” as Meyer so eloquently put it.
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Florida players applaud Meyer’s rant on reporter [Sporting News/AP]
Morning Tweet: Urban Meyer is 40! He’s a man! [Out of Bounds]

  1. willmose - Mar 27, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Perhaps Coach Meyer was under doctor’s orders to blow off steam. Did to have some sportswriter crap in his pants then Coach Meyer to have a heart attack. Hey, sportswriters and bloggers, have a first admendment right to trash anyone regardless of the facts as long as there isn’t malice in the mix. The next time Fowler writes about the Gators he has some malice in the mix. Personally, I think the brown pants look great on Fowler, but what do I know.

  2. Randall - Mar 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Yeah, Tebow’s almost gone, Daddy won’t be able to protect him. And if the other players think they’re getting the same treatment…

  3. annie - Mar 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Because Urban Meyer is the best coach ever.I love the Gators for looking after each other.

  4. Mack McC. - Mar 27, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    I stand behind Coach Meyer 100%! I am a former college, scholarship,(football) , “STUDENT”/athlete! Some, not all, of these sports reporters, regularly, over step their boundaries by invading privacies,and out,and out insulting athletes, and coaches, and boths’ families while hiding behind the 1st. amendment. If you’ll notice, one of these “reporters” is defending Jeremy Fowler?? Kind’a “PREJUDICIAL”, wouldn’t you say??? Coach Meyer has, obviously, had enough of Fowlers’ inappropriate, so called, “sports journalism”, and, as any protective person, who is in charge of young mens’ lives would do, has called the invader out!!!”PERIOD”!!!!!!!!

  5. turk jones - Mar 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    What crap…… Meyer is a blowhard egomanic that over reacted to a quote…. good gracious, Meyer, get over yourself.

  6. BN - Mar 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Repports, “love to pitch but hate to catch!” You hide behind the scenes passing judgement as if you are the guidepost for virtue and high moral values. Most all of you are leaches who chase around like flies looking for sensational situations to make comments without us public having an opportunity to retort. Suck it up, be tough, stop your crying! So a reporter got “called out” wimp should of stood-up for himself or apologized.

  7. BN - Mar 27, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Repports, “love to pitch but hate to catch!” You hide behind the scenes passing judgement as if you are the guidepost for virtue and high moral values. Most all of you are leaches who chase around like flies looking for sensational situations to make comments without us public having an opportunity to retort. Suck it up, be tough, stop your crying! So a reporter got “called out” wimp should of stood-up for himself or apologized.

  8. fiveiron - Mar 27, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Maybe Meyer just needs to get away for a while. Oh, he tried that already? Just another control freak doing what control freaks do best: coach football.

  9. tnsteve - Mar 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Mack, looks like you took full advantage of your scholarship in the classroom. Your spelling, grammar and word structure is about 5th grade level. Awesome education that Florida program…

  10. Allan Neil - Mar 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Did this reporter ‘over step (his) boundaries by invading privacies,and out,and out insulting athletes, and coaches, and boths’ families’ while hiding behind the 1st ammendment? No, he quoted an athlete fairly and correctly. But, you have shown your are a stereotypical PREJUDICAl bullying athlete that thinks they are somehow not accountable.

  11. tjs - Mar 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Mack & BN – did you even read the Fowler article? Did Meyer? Nothing inflammatory or controversial about it at all. Just a fluff piece on Deonte Thompson including a direct quote from Thompson regarding the differing styles of Tebow and Brantley. Meyer over-reacted badly and you guys blindly responded in kind. Meyer/Good, Fowler/Bad. Try thinking first before commenting.

  12. Zorro - Mar 27, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    What a stupid and derisive blog about meyer from someone that is afraid to use his/her real name.
    My bet is you nevr played football or any other organized sport for any length of time.
    Stick to recipes and stain removal remedies and leave football to the men who understand the relationship between a coach and his players.

  13. turk jones - Mar 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Hey “Zorro”… you ARE the poster that ridiculed someone for not using ‘his/her real name’ arent you??? What prey tell is ‘zorro’??
    is that your first or last name??? hahahaha what a stuped and meaningless post, from a stupid and meaningless wimp…….

  14. Frank - Mar 28, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Hey “Zorro” is that relationship in the shower?

  15. gisher - Mar 28, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    You can’t just assume Urban has gone full tilt bozo nuts. Maybe he never bothered to read the actual post Fowler wrote and made a sloppy PR move by operating off of third-hand information.
    That said, if someone can confirm that Urban actually did read the full post by Fowler, I definitely want Florida to keep Urban as “head” coach and also insure that nobody is allowed to force him into electroshock thereapy.
    That’s because watching Urban over the next fews years is going to be an absolute E-ticket ride that makes even the film Mutiny on the Bounty look like a documentary on birdwatching.

  16. Skids - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Well, Weed, you must be a Gator Hater. I’m sure you would love every player on the Gators or any other team to turn on their coaches, that would give you something to write about. I’m sure all you writers take up for each other, that’s why this was a story to begin with, you ffolks blew it up into one. Find something worth writing about.