I would like to preface this post by saying that Urban Meyer is absolutely, positively, no longer a Florida Gator.
Ok, I'm starting to warm up to (former) Coach Urban Meyer. The man formerly known as "Corch" gave an interview to an Indianapolis radio station today, and he used the opportunity to mercilessly pound the NCAA for implicitly condoning cheating among
the SEC Western Division its biggest programs and conferences.
The following quotes are from this interview:
What I’ve seen the last five years is a complete turn in the integrity of the college coaching profession. It’s completely turned the other way. Right now, it’s not good because the risk-reward is ‘have at it, do what you’ve got to do get the great player, go win games and at the end of the day we’ll find out what happens down the road...
s then goes on to say:
You tell me how a young man who is a wide receiver and he lied to the NCAA and they took away his eligibility and he was never allowed to play again. And then there’s violations in other areas of the country and that doesn’t happen.
... there are some great football coaches that are still coaching. They have to be very careful, politically correct, say all the right things and do all the right things and deep down their hearts getting ripped out because they’re at a competitive disadvantage and that’s just not right.
For the record, I think he's referring to Dan Mullen here, not Mark Richt. But maybe that's just the part of me that remembers that he used to be a Gator and doesn't want to like him.
There's a lot more that Urban Meyer discusses in this interview, but rather than me merely cutting and pasting all of the content from another website, you should just go to SportsbyBrooks and read it for yourself.
This outburst and revelation should surprise exactly no one who pays attention to the modern game of college football. All the same, the fact that the (former) coach of a major college football power would come out and declare that this is happening is major news, since it lends legitimacy to those of us who have been claiming that this has been happening for several years now.
So, thank you, Corch Meyers, for shedding light on this topic and forcing me to like you just a little bit.
I feel comfortable liking the 2011 Urban Meyer for two reasons:
1) He is no longer the coach at the University of Florida, nor is he affiliated with the Gators in any way. (Thanks to you, too, ESPN!) Once one leaves the institution, the hate starts to fade, since ours is an institutional rivalry, not a personal one. (The stink of Gainesville will forever be attached to him of course... I said the hate starts to fade, not goes away completely.)
2) Urban Meyer has proven his Gator credentials by proving that he has behaved like a hypocrite. He's decrying these "skirting the law" practices, but he was only too happy to "punish" Brandon Spikes for trying to blind an opponent by suspending him for a whole half against Vanderbilt... and then there's the "Time to Die" mess with Chris Rainey.
And let's not forget about this incident. Now that's politically correct, baby.
So, to sum up... I agree with Urban Meyer, and admire him for blowing the whistle like this. His behavior proves that he was a perfect Florida Gator when he was associated with them, however, which allows me to hate him.
So we're all good.
(I hate Florida.)