Meyer wrong–again–in confrontation with reporter

 Today’s column was supposed to be about my visit to Gainesville, Fla., on Monday and Tuesday. The topic was going to be the Florida players discussing how disappointing the 13-1 season of 2009 was because of the constant pressure of trying to maintain the No. 1 preseason ranking. I sat down with three Florida players—Ahmad Black, Mike Pouncey, and John Brantley. To a man they agreed that given the lowered expectations and pressure, the 2010 season was going to be a little more relaxed and more fun. 

 

Little did I know that on Wednesday, the day I left, head coach Urban Meyer would REALLY make things fun.

 

 By now I’m sure you’ve read the story and seen the video of Meyer, who has limited his contact with the press this spring, confronting an Orlando Sentinel reporter at practice. When I was at practice on Monday Meyer did not speak to the press after it was over, which is fine. Other players and coaches were made available. But on Wednesday Meyer walked right up to Jeremy Fowler and objected to a quote that wide receiver Deonte Thompson gave on Monday when he was surrounded by several reporters. The question dealt with how the offense would look with John Brantley instead of Tim Tebow as quarterback. Here is the direct quote and again, Thompson said it in front of a group of reporters who all had their tape recorders going: :

 

 

“Things are going to get better here in the future,” Thompson said. “Any receiver would be happy. You have a guy like (John) Brantley throwing the ball, spreading it around to everybody. … You never know with Tim. You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

 

 “A REAL quarterback.”

 

 Obviously, what Thompson meant was that Brantley is a more CONVENTIONAL drop back quarterback than Tebow, which is also obvious. Life for Florida’s receivers is going to be different with John Brantley as quarterback. It will be more conventional. Everybody in the program agrees that is true.

 

 But in today’s 24/7 news cycle quotes like Thompson’s get picked up in the blogosphere and not everyone puts them into context. Thompson was reportedly upset because he has such a high regard for Tim Tebow and the quote made it look like he was ripping perhaps the most honored player in school history. Meyer’s reaction was to defend this player and so he goes after the source in front of everybody and has his Mike Gundy moment. He threatened to ban the entire newspaper from practice and called Fowler “a bad guy.” Meyer even went so far as to suggest that if Thompson were Meyer’s son, he and the reporter might come to a physical confrontation.

 

 Go here to see the video:

 http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2010/03/urban-meyer-uh-passionately-defends-deonte-thompson.html

 

 Enough.

 

 I have defended Urban Meyer and bent over backwards to be fair to the man. And let me say that he has always been good to me, personally. But he is flat wrong here. There was a right way and a wrong way to handle this issue and over the last two years, when the media has been involved, Meyer has been pretty tone deaf. The issue was never the quote by Thompson. The issue was the way others outside the program picked up the quote and used it out of context. That is wrong and it is unfair to the kid.

 

 But when that happens, the smart coach doesn’t go after the reporter who quoted the kid CORRECTLY in an attempt to intimidate the rest. You sit down with all the reporters and explain to them that the kid is upset and, if there is any doubt about the context of the quote, Meyer as the head coach provides it in a calm, rational manner. Then the story goes away. But now this story has gone viral and, like Gundy, Meyer will soon be in the YouTube Hall of Fame. Not smart.

 

 Meyer made the same mistake when linebacker Brandon Spikes got caught with his hand inside the face mask of Georgia running back Waushan Ealey last season. By suspending Spikes for only one half, Meyer took what should have been a one-day story and turned it into a four-day story. After the national uproar, Spikes “volunteered” to sit out a whole game. It never should have happened. Somebody should have told Meyer that a half-game suspension was wrong and Meyer should have listened.

 

 The media is so large now that it can’t be controlled. But it can be MANAGED with a little rational thought. Meyer has made it clear that he believes he does not have to manage media as part of his job. And that is certainly his right. But it’s not very smart, and Urban Meyer is a very smart man.

 

 And on this I feel strongly: For Meyer to personalize this issue is not only unprofessional, it is not in keeping with the standards of behavior that are generally accepted in the Southeastern Conference.

 

 Urban Meyer doesn’t need my advice but, if asked, I would tell him this: Given the drama of last December’s “retirement” and then “un-retirement” then “extended leave of absence” by Meyer, an incident like this will get the chattering class talking yet again about Meyer’s overall stability. Is that fair to him? Probably not. But if you don’t want people taking shots at you, why in the world would you hand them a gun and do it for all the world to see?

 

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327 comments Add your comment

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
8:55 am

First. I think everyone knew he would pull a stunt this season to take attention off his team, but not during Spring practice.

david

March 25th, 2010
8:57 am

Well said, Tony

#2 BAMA FAN

March 25th, 2010
8:59 am

It sounds like Meyer still has not gotten over the beat down in Atlanta from the crimson tide!!

Vol Dude

March 25th, 2010
9:04 am

Not a gator fan, by any means, but it sounds like these guys have had a history. I think you are a little sensitive because you are the press, Tony.

neil

March 25th, 2010
9:05 am

Its about time someone calls Urban out. He is not “a good guy.” He’s a bully. Gets a free pass because his teams are great.

Bob Newhart

March 25th, 2010
9:06 am

I am not a real psychologist, but all arrows seem to point to Meyer being head-over-heels in love with Tim Tebow. First, he can’t stand the thought of being without him, so he retires. Then, when someone criticizes Tebow fairly mildly, Meyer goes all postal on him. It’s actually kinda creepy.

meh

March 25th, 2010
9:07 am

Being a dousche is a requirement to coach at Florida.

dagnabit

March 25th, 2010
9:08 am

Meyer is just a little high-strung is all. What’s your excuse?

TommyJack

March 25th, 2010
9:14 am

Urb. An a-hole by any name is still an a-hole.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:17 am

Is Urban Meyer defending Thompson or Tebow? If he wants to be mad at someone, take Thompson to task for not being able to speak clearly.

Woodstrock

March 25th, 2010
9:18 am

Tony: you missed the story. Urban did not call out Jeremy Fowler because he quoted Deonte Thompson ‘correctly’ – he called him out because the way this story was pushed in the Orlando Sentinel. The story was hyped that Thompson WAS dissing Tebow (you pointed out correctly that he wasn’t). However, that is NOT what was reported by the Sentinel, and they hyped the story knowing the full context. It was false reporting, and the Sentinel ran with it, which is why he was singled out. Period.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
9:19 am

He’s not called Urban “Cryer” for nothing.

bigdawg01

March 25th, 2010
9:21 am

Meyer has a giant ego that cannot stand any criticism. He is a total jerk. He fits in perfect with the Florida fans..one of many classless jack-asses.

Video would have been made better by 1 thing…Meyer in Jean Shorts.

rob

March 25th, 2010
9:23 am

You’re wrong, Barnhart. Everyone knew what Thompson was getting at when he said what he said. The problem is HOW Fowler wrote the piece. He intimated (by setting the quote up) that Thompson was critical of Tebow as a quarterback – which he very clearly was not. And by you not doing your home work but blindly protecting a fellow member of the media you’re just a guilty. My question is, in your eyes, do media members EVER make mistakes? This guy did and now you protect him? Please, grow up.

What happened to journalism?

Jim Mora Jr.

March 25th, 2010
9:23 am

Urban Meyer is to the SEC East what Les Miles is to the SEC West- smug, arrogant, classless, first rate jerks. It’s a shame the conference is left to take a black eye at the expense of these two clowns.

Tony Barnhart

March 25th, 2010
9:28 am

Enter your comments here

rob

March 25th, 2010
9:29 am

Come on, answer up Tony!! Or do you need to do a little homework before you come back to face the music? Which of course you should have done before hand . . .

DL

March 25th, 2010
9:31 am

Good for Meyer for sticking up for his players. Could/Should it have been handled differently? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, the players are going to look at Meyer and know that he has their backs and they’ll bust it for him in practice and in games.

GO GATORS!

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:33 am

I guess nobody read the article. This was a line from the article: “Thompson’s comment was either intentional or he meant to say Brantley’s a more conventional style of quarterback.”

Tony Barnhart

March 25th, 2010
9:33 am

First of all, I read everything that Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando paper wrote that day. I went back and read it again before I wrote this column. Fowler clearly states that Thompson’s quote, if taken literally, could be misinterpreted. Then he also wrote that what Thompson obviously meant was that Brantley is a more conventional quarterback than Tebow.

We can agree to disagree on the context and the tone of the story. What I am saying is that regardless of what was written or the tone in which it was written, there is a right way and a wrong way for a football coach to resolve a disagreement with the media. Coach Meyer chose the wrong way.

Charlie Bama

March 25th, 2010
9:33 am

Right or wrong, this kind of ‘human drama’ helps sustain college football during that window when BB is winding down and baseball season is, well, baseball season. I don’t think this is a big deal in the larger picture. I think we all recognize that Urban will reap what he sows–we just don’t know when the harvet begins, and that makes for even more drama.

Matthew Schroeder

March 25th, 2010
9:35 am

Meyer was right Tony. I respectfully disagree with you. This guy has stepped on Meyer’s toes more than once – he even went as far to pull aside Meyer’s daughter at a basketball game and try to pull information out of her why he took a leave of absence. That is way out of bounds. Meyer made an example of a guy who has continued to step on his toes. He deserved it. This guy knew that he could follow up with a question about the “real quarterback” quote, but instead doesn’t write in his story that earlier in that interview with Thompson, that Thompson lauded Tebow and called him a legend. If this reporter had done that to my daughter, then ran a kid’s quote out of context and made him look really bad, I’d have done the same thing.

TrueDawg

March 25th, 2010
9:35 am

The real story here is that this guy isn’t going to make it past 55 without keeling over from a heart attack. He’s wound so tight that the slightest criticism of him or his program sets him off. He’s a great coach, but he needs to learn how to let some things go.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:36 am

Agreed Tony. Thompson’s inability to speak clearly doesn’t mean Urban Meyer can threaten a person in the media.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:38 am

Matthew Schroeder, can’t this be handled with class behind closed doors with the reporter?

rob

March 25th, 2010
9:38 am

Pathetic, absolutely pathetic! No wonder journalism is in such a bad way. What happened to being honest and calling it as it happened? Context is everything Tony, context is everything.

No wonder circulation is falling, you guys can’t even be honest any more . . . Admit your mistake, Tony.

Dawg in Jax

March 25th, 2010
9:39 am

Good for Meyer!!! Reporters need to tell the story like it is not how they want it to be. Anyone who knows anything about college football knows that Thompson was not trying to say that Timmy T was not a good quarterback. The only part I don’t like is that Thompson is not Meyer’s son and therefore Meyer did not beat the tar out of the reporter. It would have been nice to see Meyer suspended for the first half of the season opener.

Matthew Schroeder

March 25th, 2010
9:41 am

Jax Dawg – it could have. But I think Meyer felt like it would get his point across to not only Fowler, but other people in the media as well by doing it out in the public. Apparently, Meyer has pulled Fowler aside more than once behind closed doors and that didn’t stop him from continuing to take quotes out of context.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 25th, 2010
9:41 am

Tony, Urban just called and wanted me to tell you that “you are a bad guy, man.”

Southside Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:41 am

Coach Dooly, Coach Dodd, Coach Bryant all understood that the press was their bread and butter thus they never browbeat any reporter in public. Meyer is the recipient of a hotbed of good players from a pool of 15 million people and an unlimited checkbook. Who couldn’t win with these 2 factors?

McDawg

March 25th, 2010
9:42 am

after watching the video i don’t think it was that big of deal except the part where he threatened violence or at least encouraged Thompson’s father to beat up the reporter-i have not seen the original Orlando Sentinel’s article so can’t commnet on that but i think the reporter definitly has stoked this thing

i personally agree w/ the receiver-with all of the talent UF has had at WR they weren’t that effective except used as RBs or kick returners

Dr. Phil

March 25th, 2010
9:44 am

Meyer did have a “special” relationship with Tebow, but this whole melt down event seems like something directed at the players in order to keep them from talking to the media. Meyer is a drama queen, and his erratic behavior will hurt recruiting in the long run. He’s a girly guy.

Matthew Schroeder

March 25th, 2010
9:45 am

Dr. Phil – as long as he is winning, recruiting isn’t going to be an issue for Meyer.

Marvin

March 25th, 2010
9:47 am

Somebody please get Urban a Thesaurus. He calls the reporter a “bad guy” which, I assume, in Meyerese means “Jerk.” He referred to UGA’s end zone celebration as a “bad deal”. What does that even mean? Maybe he meant “classless”. Or, to paraphrase CMR, maybe he meant “I really upset that Georgia totally took over the game with that stunt. Plus, they took over the media attention which is supposed to be directed solely at us (me and Tebow). And the penalties had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.”

Musashi

March 25th, 2010
9:48 am

I think Vol Dude hit the nail on the head, these guys have a history… and there may be more to come.

1eyedJack

March 25th, 2010
9:51 am

The fuse is lit…when will the bomb explode?

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
9:53 am

Matthew Schroeder. I knew Urban Meyer had issues with Mike Bianchi in the past, but that’s no reason to come off like the “40 year old” Oklahoma State coach. Show the class of a national championship coach.

Matthew Schroeder

March 25th, 2010
9:54 am

Fair enough Jax Dawg. I’m not saying he handled it the best way, just that I don’t blame him for doing it that way. The thing regarding his daughter probably had him chomping at the bit to get ahold of this guy. Which is also probably why he mentioned what he’d do if he were Deonte’s father.

Thompson griped about Tebow before

March 25th, 2010
9:56 am

Quit slamming Barnhart and do some research of your own. Thompson was whining all season long about not getting the ball more from Tebow, and he’d be 40 yards down field waving his hands in frustration. He clearly was not happy. He said what he meant and meant what he said – Tebow was not a true, traditional quarterback. He was a fullback who could throw. He had a few seconds to decide if he wanted throw, but option A for Tebow was always to run. Thompson didn’t like him as the signal caller and didn’t like his lack of receptions. Honestly, since Florida’s offense isn’t blessed with a wealth of receiver play (it preys on corners playing run first) Thompson should’ve gone elsewhere to play ball.

Florida recruits ought to look at and worry about the fact that Tebow spent four years at Florida and came out without the skills set to be an NFL quarterback.

Mikey

March 25th, 2010
9:56 am

Meyer is a jerk and a jerk is as a jerk does.

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Matthew Schroeder

March 25th, 2010
9:59 am

Thompson Griped — lets wait and see if Tebow can play in the pros. Don’t bet against the guy just yet. If you were saying that I was bashing Barnhart, please go back and read my original post. I respectfully disagreed with him. Thompson may have not been happy, but earlier in the same interview with the infamous quote, he called Tebow a legend. If Thompson’s hands had been better, Tebow might have thrown to him more.

BILLY

March 25th, 2010
10:00 am

Tony is only reporting the truth! CUM is a scumbag and is all about himself! I hate bammer but enjoyed the gator meltdown on the sideline toward the end of the game!!!

AlphG8r

March 25th, 2010
10:00 am

Oh look! ANOTHER Gators story! Could you guys be anymore obsessed with us?

azcat225

March 25th, 2010
10:00 am

rob: Admit his mistake? What mistake? He gave you a clear and cogent reply to your harping and all you do is harp some more. He stated it was wrong way for Meyer to deal with the issue and why, and you disagree (obviously). I guess that’s Tony’s “mistake”—taking a position you disagree with.

Why don’t you go out to the garage and polish that Gator license plate frame one more time?

AlphG8r

March 25th, 2010
10:04 am

I heard Mark Richt did the same thing but no reporters were there because no one cares…

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 25th, 2010
10:06 am

THIS IS NEWS!?!

REALLY?!?

I MEAN, REALLY?!?

TONY this must be a fill in for you till Mark Richt does a back flip off the high dive.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
10:08 am

AlphG8r

March 25th, 2010
10:00 am
Oh look! ANOTHER Gators story! Could you guys be anymore obsessed with us?

It is actually refreshing to see Gator fan comment on an article about the Florida Gators for once.

JB

March 25th, 2010
10:10 am

More proof that Meyer is a great football coach no doubt, but can be a jerk. He makes big money and is the most high profile state employee in the state of Florida, you would think Tony, he would handle it as you suggest. No Georgia fan is saying he’s not a great coach, but a jerk, he’s proven that over and over.

youknowwhob**ch

March 25th, 2010
10:15 am

Barnhart, you ever write a piece like this again and you’re banned and your fricking paper from any practice, do you read me mister, do you, huh do you, answer me boy….I’ll tell you one thing if that piece had been written about one of my coaches you and I would be going at it b**ch. no one and I mean no one tells me what to do you read me mister…

PMC

March 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Far be it from me to suggest that this Meyer fellow… who is supposedly on leave from the program…. might be wound a bit too tight?

SimpleDawg

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Ol’ Urban The Terrible scared the $#!+ out of lil’ Jeremy….maybe he should’ve been frightened, Urban seems to be a little unstable emotionally.

Should be an interesting year in the SEC….you have Special Ed Les at LSU and Psycho Urban at Florida. There will be more to follow from both…..the pile will be stirred.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

I do agree, it looks like the Hawaiian vacation has done a world of good.

charliedawg

March 25th, 2010
10:19 am

I completely agree with Tony with a right way and a wrong way to handle it, but Urban is probably angling a recruting edge, so he can say, “See, I always have your back, no matter what.” I don’t agree with what he did, but who can argue with the results he has delivered.

Urban’s cardiologist may disagree though. Tony, be careful, you are bringing up Urban’s health issues. Pretty soon, he’ll be saying you are a “bad guy” too.

PMC

March 25th, 2010
10:19 am

Honestly everyone knows what Thompson meant with the comments. He wasn’t meaning to take a swipe at Tebow it’s simply with the position that Tebow is in… namely trying to convince someone to pay him millions to distribute the ball as a QB.

Journalist are all looking for stories

March 25th, 2010
10:25 am

He was simply looking for a story. There are 1000 other questions he could have asked, but we all know that nobody cares about what good things people do. Controversy always stirs stories and that keeps you people (media) employed. Meyer was completely correct in this situation. Fowler picked at a guy who’s not used to being friendly to the press and simple didn’t think about his words. The thing I love is how the media is NEVER responsible for things they cause. In this case, Fowler got what he deserved and is now trying to turning himself into a martyr. “I did it in the name of the free press, the news, and the football world. Whaa, I got yelled at!!! I’m the victim. It’s my constitutional right” I for one have absolutely no sympathy for him. He’s a fool for thinking he can do whatever he wants, write what he pleases, and not expect anybody to disagree with him other than in an angry email.

In this case, Fowler was a guest at practice. What a guest? Yes, a guest and it’s clear he’s forgotten that. It is not the Orlando Sentinel/University of Florida football team practice. It is simply the University of Florida. Reporters often forget that they are guests when they go to sporting events and press conferences. Prime example: a reported asked if Tim Tebow was a virgin last year at some event. I forget where, but that was the lowest of trash there.

I hate to have such a negative view of the media in general, because there are such a great number of reporters that actually try to do the right thing. It is truly sad how a few can ruin everything. Fowler got what he wanted out of this, a story and a pat on the back from his editor.

Bobby Knight

March 25th, 2010
10:26 am

Not much of a show by my standards.

mark

March 25th, 2010
10:27 am

You are wrong Tony. The Orlando Sentinal wrote and hyped this story in print, on their web site, blogs, twitter, etc. as Deonte being a disgruntled receiver who was bashing Tim Tebow even though they knew full well that was not the case because they had the full context of what he said.

When a legitimate news outlet (lead by their beat reporter) takes that sort of approach, they deserve to be called out. You may not like the way he did it but as a reporter, if you intentionally distort the facts of a story to create some sort of sensational headline to drive traffic, etc. then you have crossed the line. They are trying to hide behind the “I quoted him correctly” defense. In that case, then just publish the transcripts of all interviews and leave it at that…then you can use that defense. If you are going to actually write a story about what somebody said then you need to do tha in the full context of what was said.

Playing “gotcha” with 20 year old kids and taking a quote or two out of context is the province of TMZ and the tabloids, not the standards of the Southeastern conference that you refer to.

Could Urban have handled it differently? Sure. But Urban came to the defense of one of his players to show him and the team that he has their back….and in case no one has figured it out yet, Urban does not care much what reporters and others outside the team and the program think. He does what he believes is correct and moves on from there.

Miles

March 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Meyer should tell his players to choose their words carefully.

NoGaGator

March 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Woodstrock, Rob and Matthew – agree with what you said.

The Orlando Sentinel story was not the first time that Fowler (and their headline writer) have twisted or taken comments out of perspective. It has been ongoing. Bianchi and Adelson with the Sentinel have also twisted stories in the past but it’s all about the ratings and clicks in these desperate days of declining newspaper circulation.

As well as the above, I believe Meyer was also trying to show Thompson and his other players that he has their back. His method is more old school, the way he was raised, and is not in line with today’s PC/soccer mom/helicopter parents world, but that’s him.

Dan

March 25th, 2010
10:31 am

OMG! How dare Meyer confront a reporter…Gasp! The guy took a quote and tried to sensationalize it and take it out of context, instead of getting a clarification. The reporter is just some guy writing something. There is no reason why a reporter or anyone else can’t be confronted when you disagree with what they do. Reporters say whatever they want on tv and in print and then step back and cry fowl when people challenge them, as if they’re somehow immune to criticism. He wasn’t threatened or harmed. I’d like to see this more often.

RJ

March 25th, 2010
10:31 am

If CMR had done this everyone would be talking about what a great guy he is for standing up for his players. This reporter is constantly going after the Gators program. If Urban gave a million dollars to cancer research people on here would accuse him of doing it only to get attention and win over recruits. Urban Meyer is a class guy and a great coach. Get over the jealousy people. Ever time anyone asks him a question about Lane Kiffen or his leave of absence or anything else he always answers by saying its about the players not the coach. Most of the players on the Gators team refer to him as “Dad.” UGA fans need to just accept he is not a bad guy and move on.

Pahleeeeze

March 25th, 2010
10:40 am

RJ — don’t kid yourself, buddy. Mar Richt would NEVER make a public spectacle like that. Never.

dawgydawg47

March 25th, 2010
10:40 am

Meyer is an a**!

Shelley Meyer

March 25th, 2010
10:41 am

“Urban, honey….Did you go to work again without taking your meds? You know what the doctor said. You have to take them every day or you could inadvertently run off at the mouth and begin threatening people with bodily harm.”

Meyer is an egomaniac

March 25th, 2010
10:46 am

You nailed this one, Tony. I’ve watched you stick up for Meyer in the past and scratched my head. But anyone who watches the video can tell that Meyer is a egomaniacal jerk. You will get criticized for sticking up for a fellow journalist, but I’m glad to see one journalist with the guts to call out a bully like Meyer.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
10:47 am

Tony, several things: I am an over 55 life long Florida Gator

I usually agree with 95% of everything you say; you provide a great service to College Football fans in general and with the SEC in particular.

Rarely do your UGA roots show in your bias and certainly not this time either.

Meyer is an egomaniac, has done a great job returning UF to the standard that Spurrier set in the 90’s.

Newsmedia in general think they are cute or clever in their articles, specifically the way this one was set up by the Sentinel:

Tim Tebow blasphemy? Is UF receiver Deonte Thompson dissing iconic Tim Tebow?

There is a wrong way and a right way to deal with reporters; especially when you are the Head Coach of the Flagship University in one of the most populated states in the country and run a highly successful football program.

And lastly I saw the interview on Gatorsports.com with Thompson and I actually agree with everything he said. He wasnt dissing Tebow, only saying what most receivers would say. I bet even Riley Cooper, Tebows roommate would have agreed. Most Gator fans loved Tebow and also are ready for Johnny Brantley to take over. I for one would of been quite ok with Meyer retiring, quitting or doing whatever when he left. He thinks that HE IS the University of Florida and is quite wrong. They would have been fine without him and I think he showed his a$$ with the reporter.

GoodOleRockyTop

March 25th, 2010
10:47 am

Maybe the SEC fans can witness Urban Liar falling over dead on the sidelines this coming season!

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
10:49 am

I wonder if the reporter had been … maybe Mike Golic, would Urban had stood there pointing that finger and acting generally like a bully? I wish the reporter had said, okay, Urban, let’s “go at it,” then.

Journalist are all looking for stories

March 25th, 2010
10:50 am

I love how other non-Florida fan is just calling him simple names and jokes. It shows how diehard SEC fans are. In reality, it just shows how much he cares about his players.

Reporters don’t go after UGA players simply because they’re not as entertaining.

The person people should interviewing is Paul Johnson. Why? B/c he doesn’t care what he says. He knows what he stands for and knows how to get it done. If he fails, he finds ways to improve like a great coach does. Wait… isn’t that how coaches become good? lol – I won’t name specific teams.

Can You Dig It

March 25th, 2010
10:51 am

Urban Meyer is now showing everyone what most insiders already knew….he’s a pompous ass. He takes credit for everything and gives nothing back. Thats why all his coaches bailed out on him once Tebow graduated…they had enough of his self promoting ways. His health problems don’t stem from being over worked..they stem from him discovering how much he was and is disliked by his own staffafter the season ended. He couldn’t handle it. The coaches he has hired to replace the one’s that left are using Meyer and the school as a stepping stone to eventually coach somewhere else…they have absolutely no respect for Meyer…and neither do the other (11) coaches in the SEC….he’s known by the other coaches as a pompous,self serving ass, who consistantly lies to recruits and demeans other coaches in the league while he recruits…..His world is about to cave in on him this year and I can’t wait along with every coach in the SEC and many media folks……Can You Dig It!

MJ

March 25th, 2010
10:52 am

Urban “Cryer” at his best. Talk about low class.

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
10:53 am

“Most of the players refer to him as Dad.” So ….. what do they call their dads? That’s kinda creepy, don’t you think?

GatorGuy

March 25th, 2010
10:54 am

As a Gator fan I will say that Urban handled this the wrong way and it makes him look like a jerk. But I don’t think he cares!

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
10:54 am

Can you dig it, only one coach left for a job that wasnt a promotion and that was Billy Gonzalez to LSU. Other programs go after his coaches because he hires good assistants. He currently has 5 former assistants in D1 head coaching jobs. Your comments about him being pomous are true however. Wish we had Spurr dog back.

Pago Flyer

March 25th, 2010
10:55 am

Do the DAWGS have to play FL this year!

SeanM

March 25th, 2010
10:57 am

Florida fans, it’s admirable to want to defend the guy “whose side you are on”. I know this, I did it with Vick against everyone. However, pattern of behavior eventually comes clear, and no matter how much justification you do, it gets harder and harder the more the “incidents” pile up.

Refusal to see evidence of Urban’s childish outbursts and sketchy, borderline obsession with anything remotely related to Tebow just means you have officially become Kool-aid drinkers.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

March 25th, 2010
10:57 am

Just shows he continues to be wound too tight. He’ll probably wind up blowing a gasket again within the next year and be forced out of coaching for serious health problems.

JB

March 25th, 2010
10:58 am

Tony, I am behind you 100%. Meyer is an ego-maniac who has never been able to handle any sort of problems graciously. He is a primadona prick who is not good for college football. Yea he wins, so what? He is not a good person and he is not the type of person you want leading and directing your kids in an important stage of their life. My gut feeling is that if Thompson’s quote wasn’t directed towards Little Timmy T that this would never had been an issue with Meyer. I’m just saying

dog biter

March 25th, 2010
10:59 am

All you UGA punks dont hate us because our coach can take up for his guys. If that was the ajc markie mark would have apologized to the newspaper. I luve them gators ready to cook a dog in JAX again the year you guys suck. Y ou should have came to Fla. A-Murray are were you scared of the gator world class ladies

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
10:59 am

They do if they want to try and win the Eastern division of the SEC, Pago Flyer.

Mad Gator

March 25th, 2010
10:59 am

Urban liar how can you even consider talking that way to a paper that has covered your lying, player abusing, hind end. Tebow carried you for 4 years with grit and class, he may not be a true QB but he is a player which no one denies. You should have stuck with your resignation. It ain’t gettin no better for you or for our Gators. What are you afraid of Urban, your players might tell the truth about you.
Give Urban 4 more years and we will be the doormat of the SEC east. Time for him and Florida to move on. Kinda like Billy Donavan should have, oh did I say that ,BYU.
JMHO

A Johnson Is A Johnson!

March 25th, 2010
11:00 am

LOL….Meyer threatens the guy and then turns around and walks off! There’s a name for guys like that. Good thing it wasn’t Paul Johnson. He would’ve gotten punched in the face!

Alphare

March 25th, 2010
11:00 am

Somehow I feel Meyer is now an active volcano waiting to explode, this is just a small burst. Once his team lose in a way to his dislike in the regular, a full blast will happen. I am not sure the cause, could be his health? unrealistic expectation? SEC pressure? fear of coaching ability finally exposed?

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
11:01 am

Who was Urban Meyer taking up for Tebow or Thompson, dog biter? Tebow is loooooong gone. He might want to concern himself with the players still on the roster.

bruce mac

March 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Much ado about nothing. Good one Ramble On.

dog biter

March 25th, 2010
11:03 am

@JB well alot of parents feel okay with sending thier kids to FLA.They compete for national titles and they get a top education and they have all the wonderful ladies. UF says STFU to UGA

Beekner

March 25th, 2010
11:03 am

This is not high school ball. This is big time college football and fans want all info that is out there. Fowler wrote a good article and even explained what he thought the guy meant. Meyer owes Fowler a public apology. Any time a coach threatens someone with physical harm should be cause for concern from President of the university, the alumni and the SEC. Grown men are not supposed to act like this. If the behavior would not be tolerated at the local ball field, then it never should be tolerated at this level!

Journalist are all looking for stories

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Can You Dig It?

Are you serious? That’s why coaches go to the great schools in the first place. TO GET BETTER JOBS AS HEAD COACHES. Please rethink your argument before you start spurting things.

Other SEC coaches do respect him and they’d better not like him. This is the toughest and most competitive conference of all college football. If you do not distill a sense of urgency, then you will lose. If you want to go history, Saban simply screwed the dophins and flat out lied. If you stop respecting the opposition, then that’s when you get lazy and get beaten.

Rocky Topper

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

I personally don’t blame Urban one bit for taking up for his boyfriend, Teeblow. I’m sure every man on this site would be po’d too and take up for their girlfriends, wives, lovers, …so, why blame Urban?

I say PROTECT THE ONE YOU LOVE Corch!

Doug

March 25th, 2010
11:06 am

Much ado about nothing.

dog biter

March 25th, 2010
11:06 am

Jax Dawg he was taking up for thompson, his current player who will run loose all over UGA in jax once again. So tell your new coordinator Willie M has left him in a very bad situation.

richtfan

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Tony,

If the quote was taking out of context, then that can be handled. But, as far as evidence shows, the guy Urban Liar was berating did nothing wrong or incorrect or deceptive. If Meyer doesn’t like what was said, then he needs to go to Thompson and deal with things internally. Meyer is obviously an overreaching and obsessed person and feels the need to control everyone around him. He is a sad person.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Well, if he was taking up for Thompson maybe he should express his anger toward Thompson’s choice of wording. Seems like he runs loose on and off the field of play.

bamafan

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

Looks like Coach Meyer is still stressed out. He is a good coach and from what I can see, the SEC East and maybe the conference championship is Florida’s to lose in 2010. Not sure why he is so touchy……..

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

Jax Dawg, dude, why would he express anger towards Thompson if he was taking up for Thompson. I listened to the interview on Gatorsports.com and Thompson said absolutely nothing wrong. Hell I liked Tebow a lot, but if I was a receiver I would be glad Brantley is the QB.

Blue Max

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

Bet if preacher boy CMR ever had the nads to confront a reporter, the Dawgs would be all over him sayin “glad to see some fire Coach”. Meyer is an egomaniac, but twice the coach as CMR. Get over your jealousy.

chem

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

No, rob, you’re wrong for saying barnhart’s wrong for saying Meyer’s wrong…

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

Ga Gator, because the real reason Urban Meyer is so put out is there was a perceived slight against Tim Tebow. That is the real issue that brought Urban Meyer’s ire, even you know that.

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

Boy, now there are two bad-a$$ coaches on the Dawgs schedule. First there was “punch em right in the face” Paul Johnson. Now, “…we’d be going at it” Urban Myer.

Both of those sissies would probably faint if someone stood up to em…

chc4

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

Meyer has unusually thin skin.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Jax doggie, you are right about the Tebow/Meyer comment. I will be glad when the reporters quit asking Brantley questions about Tebow. Let the boy just sling it. He will be a better pro prospect.

Nachos Fan

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Doesnt matter what Urban said or does. He will just get spanked again come September in Tuscaloosa. This beat down will be worse than last December in the Dome.

Will

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

UF and CUM have as much class as my left toe nail. What a bunch of losers. I can’t wait for the beat down those rednecks are going to get this October.

StingerSplash

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Sounds like Mr. Fowler could have given young Mr. Thompson an out by allowing him to explain himself better through a follow up question. Instead, he gets this hot quote from a kid and apparently doesn’t sense that maybe the young man could articulate his feelings a little better. Granted, it doesn’t absolve St. Urban from his overbearing manner and utter pomposity. But dude coulda taken some off the grease off the skids for the kid.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Ga Gator. John Brantley came out of Kerwin Bell’s sling it around the yard offense in high school. Should remind Gator fan of the Fun-n-Gun days of the 90s.

Gators!

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

First of all, HERE is the title of the article that Jeremy Fowler wrote: “Florida Gators WR Deonte Thompson sounds happy to usher in post-Tebow era”. That set the tone for the said article. That was soon followed by an article by fellow columnist Mike Bianch that questioned if Thompson had dissed Tebow. Last year, another Sentinel columnist, Andrea Adelson wrote how Meyer was Notre Dame bound and even intimated on a well known radio show in Alabama how there were reports that Meyer had already met with ND boosters in Tennessee (?)…all conjecture and totally unsubstanciated. So there is quite a history here with this Orlando newspaper, going all the way back when Spurrier had his big blow up at Bianchi years ago. They love to sensationalize anything Gators because they know how well it sells in that market.

Brandon

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Shouda gouged his eyes out!

Brian

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Can someone please explain to me:

1. Why a coach cares what the media writes?
2. Why a coach thinks that it is the media’s job to be a marketing arm of the University?
3. Why coaches think that a media member is there to “support and nourish”?
4. Why do fans insist only on reading “puff and pleasantry” pieces

jealous fans

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

all you gator and dawg fans just wish you had the cred of a program like Maryland. Go Terps!!!!!

West Coast Bias

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

I’d be angry at the world too if I had to live in Florida.

TECH SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SHREVEPORT

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

THE GUY IS A PRIMA DONNA AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN!!! NOT HARD TO WIN A FLA. HES’ A PUNK.

RetiredSoldier

March 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Urban is a good guy and a great coach. He is also human and in this case made a mistake. I don’t someone to much for sticking up for his players. Hopefully Urban will take that reporter aside and make things right.

Gators win the east and the conference and play for another national championship. Go Gators!

Ben

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

Egomaniacal control freak goes after a reporter???? File Under: Least surprising story of the year so far. They call him Urban Crier for a reason.

Nacho

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Urban needs a little more time off. Not a good situation in Floriday.

Imagine how unstable he would be if Florida had actually lost a few games.

Go Dawgs!

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

Urban Meyer is a tool!!!

Tide Rising

March 25th, 2010
11:48 am

I think that Gators! put it best. That there is history here. Meyer sounds like he was in the wrong but given the history between florida and this Orlando paper sensationalizing things I can’t really blame Meyer. As a matter of fact I know I’ve read a couple of things from Bianchi at this paper targeted towards Bama that were way off base not to mention just plain wrong. I remember because it struck me as odd that an Orlando paper would be covering Bama and have some potshots thrown in. Looks more and more like a paper that just sensationalizes stuff and Meyer probably just had enough of it.

I would much rather have seen a report on how the gators look in practice since everyone will be shooting for them as “the beast of the east” including us. We pick them up in the regular rotation and possibly in a rematch in the dome if we both win our divisions so this article would have been much more interesting if it had some meat to it as to how the gators are looking in the spring.

Red

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Sounds like someone still needs a little time off. Anger management issues? A few more outbursts like this and he’ll be in a hospital again for “dehydration”.

rocketide

March 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Urbie’s acting like a person with a significant psychological problem. He should get therapy.

Brainiac

March 25th, 2010
11:51 am

The reporter gave both sides of the way Thompson’s comments could be taken. All of us have our agendas but if you read the quotes by Thompson and you still have the urge to say something in Meyer’s defense then one of us has a comprehension problem.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Quite right Jax Dawg. Probably will never happen, but I was wishing Meyer would hire Bell on his staff as QB coach and coordinator. Then when Meyer finally came undone and retired, Bell could become HC which has been his dream since playing there.

gernblanksi

March 25th, 2010
11:55 am

You guys have this all wrong. This confrontation had little to do with defending Thompson or Tebow. It was URBAN at its core. What has been the primary story of the football media in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft? It has been Tebow and his throwing motion. Is Tebow an NFL QB? Did Florida hinder Tebow’s development in the name of wins? Is Urban and his staff good enough coaches to develop Tebow into an NFL QB? Urban (like a lot of us) loves to be in control and he probably loves to be challenged. However, he probably wants to be in control of the challenge. But the 2009 season, his health issues, Tebow and the NFL have illustrated that he cannot ALWAYS control the challenge. So when one of his players makes a comment that in a way verifies what the NFL has been saying about the coaching staff & Tebow, he is concerned about how it will affect his control. His control over this current team. His control for recruiting high level QB’s and NFL quality players. He and his staff are probably fairly upset that they are being portrayed as incapable of revamping Tebow’s NFL skill set.

Tide Rising

March 25th, 2010
11:56 am

One bit of sage advice for Urban. Never pick a fight with a guy who buys his ink by the barrel.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

They LOVE Kerwin Bell here at Jacksonville University.

Anonymous

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

There’s a reason the Orlando paper’s nickname is “The SLANTinel!”

SID

March 25th, 2010
11:58 am

this man has some serious issues. There is medication available. However, he fits in well down there.

Brainiac

March 25th, 2010
11:58 am

Meyer doesn’t need to take the reporter off to the side and make things right. He needs to call a press conference and apologize in front of the crowd where he chose to show just how “classy” he is. Of course that won’t happen because he is king in his own mind.

Bama Aaron

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Did Meyer make the wrong choice and blow things a little out of proportion? Yes
Is the media doing the same thing by making such a big deal out of Meyer dressing down the reporter? Yes
I’m not a Meyer fan, but I am sick of hearing about members of the media being upset or outraged when someone gives them back what they get. Or when someone has the audacity to tell them to shove it when they keep asking the same stupid questions.

Hoops McCann

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Tony, could you pull some strings and get Cynthia Tucker fired. There is no reason that that racist moonbat should have a job at the AJC. Calling all those that disagree with the Health Care Bill is wrong and criminal. It is sickening that she won a Pulitzer. Please fire her and keep up the good work! By the way, Urban looks healthy to me, wow Urban is such a liar.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Your a good dude Jax Dawg, this years game should be the most interesting in years. Cant wait.

ReptilesRule

March 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Many critical UGA fans on here could only WISH that Mark Richt would come out one day and defend one of his players as passonately as Meyer did!! I have even read here how many Dawg fans feel that Richt is TOO laid back. Yes, he’s a “classy guy” is what they will say, but deep down inside I think alot of Dawgs would love to see more “fire” in their program rather than the usual ho hum let’s go get ‘em wolf wolf. After all folks, the game of football IS a game of emotion. It is with the fans, with the coaches and families and most of all the players. Meyer is passionate about his players and will defend them and their families very forcefully if necessary. What kind of a coach would YOU be excited to play for?

Voice of Reason

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Good comments Bama Aaron. Yes Meyer is an egotistical maniac, great coach, etc…….But it is refreshing to hear a panty waste reporter get his between the eyes.

winterDawg

March 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

This guy just can’t stand to not be in the media spotlight. He wins so there is no way UF says a word to him but if this was Ron Zook, I wonder how the university and the fans would react.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

Kind of reminds me when I had a coach back in the 60’s in Florida, invite a local reporter who wrote a sarcastic article about my team to come to practice to explain. The stupid reporter tried to explain himself by saying that the HC was unqualified and the coach told him that he was such a pu$$y that he probably never had jock itch. Everyone of course just howled and the guy left embarrassed.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

Serious question to all Dawgs; I know it probably wouldn’t happen. But what would you say if it had of been Mark Richt?

georgiavol

March 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

Birds of a feather, fat man.

Gator Mike

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Mr. Barnhardt and Ga Gator, You are entitled to your opinions as are the UGA Folks who despise Meyer only because he wins. If the Gators were not winners, this would not be an issue.
I am behind Coach Meyer, and I do not really give a hoot what any of you think about Coach Meyer and the Gators.
Ga Gator: As for wanting Spurrier back, you must be kidding. Spurrier left UF because his vast ego got in the way of common sense. He certainly is not showing much these days at SoCar.
We have a new season and a new QB. Brantley will be fine, and the Gators will continue to win.

GO GATORS!!!

Kevin

March 25th, 2010
12:15 pm

Tony: You know what would be really unique is if a journalist ever wrote an article calling another journalist “wrong”. A real journalist wouldn’t have tried to sensationalize a player who mispoke. However, we know you guys all rally around each other. That’s one reason why journalism has gotten into the pathetic state it is in.

Ted Striker

March 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

Meyer may be a good coach, but he makes Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino look like diplomatic geniuses.

poopdawg

March 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

Bob Newhart , now that was funny . I almost pissed on myself laughing. The only story is Urban Meyer not the Sentinel nor Thompson. Ga Gator I think i would be surprised if Richt would have handled it that way. He taken more crap than that before and always handles it with class.

Brainiac

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

HOOPS McCANN: I agree with you on Cynthia but if “Ears” Obama can win a “PEW LITZER PRIZE” they should just sell the pulitzers for one dollar each. Cynthia has a right to her opinion regardless of how stupid it comes out. Hardly a qualified journalist but both she and the editors she works for are clearily insane liberal socialists. They are better ignored.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Gator Mike, If you cannot see that Meyer is an egomaniac, you are blind. As far as Spurrier, the only reason he can’t win at SC is because he is at South Carolina. SC cannot recruit the athletes to win like he did at UF and his QB’s have been average at best and continue to be so.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Poopdawg, you didn’t answer the question: what would you say IF Richt did the same?

Cracker Jacket

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

Meyer seems ready for another nerveous breakdown so soon? The man is mentally imbalanced!! Get a coach more stable like Johnson!

catlady

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

So what IS Myer’s role at UF? Is he the coach, or is he on leave? I missed a lot of this story–didn’t know he changed his mind (several times?)

ReptilesRule

March 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Ga Gator…per your 12:07 post…was that a rhetorical question? I will answer it anyway…they would be stoked!!! You would be hearing comments like “go get ‘em Mark woof woof!” “don’t mess with the dawgs!” and of course the expected..”watch out Florida this year”!

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Reptile buddy, you are exactly correct; that’s why none have commented.

fran

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

can you say “psycho” ?,,,, sure i knew ya could….

termigator

March 25th, 2010
12:32 pm

Ga Gator, the silence to your question is deafening. Most Dawgs would love it if Richt showed some fire. Vince Dooley didnt have to show fire because he had Erk Russell and the Dawgs loved Erk more than we did Tebow.

Brainiac

March 25th, 2010
12:33 pm

Where does Meyer get off insinuating physical violence could come into play under certain conditions? Apparently the reporter was a rather small weakling type or that part would have been omitted. I am 71 years old and would welcome that little weazel taking a swing at me.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:33 pm

Cat Lady are you Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

Brainiac, not small but a typical reporter type; un athletic smarter than you type.

chem

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

There’s no reason to answer that question because Richt didn’t do it. This type of over response is par for the course for Urban (because he’s an emotional jerk). For Richt, it would be out of character, so I assume there’d be a different reaction from the Georgia fan base.

Dale

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

If it isn’t obvious to everyone that Meyer and Tebow are gay lovers then the nation needs to open their eyes. Mark my words: Meyer and Tebow will be the first major sports figures to come out of the closet and in the public eye.

It is really creepy and pathetic.

I would bet that Meyer will probably accompany Tebow to the draft too.

Just look closer everyone.

ReptilesRule

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

Chomp, chomp (arms flapping), chomp, chomp, etc, etc. Oh, I just wet myself!

Charles

March 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

I’m laughing my butt off at all the Gator fans racing to back Meyer…claiming the Sentinal is intimating something. I read the story, and the guy clearly gives Thompson the benefit of the doubt. The Orlando Sentinal sucks up to Meyer and the Gators constantly, and the one time a reporter actually does his job, the fanbase and Meyer can’t handle it. What a bunch of crybabies.

Meyer’s a scumbag bully…great coach…but a selfish prick of a human being.

Jax Dawg

March 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Come on Gator fans. This article IS about what Urban Meyer said, not what Mark Richt would never stoop down to say.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:38 pm

Urban’s butt looks good in shorts …

ReptilesRule

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

You should see mine, Ga Gator.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:40 pm

Well, I’d like to.

ReptilesRule

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Meet you at Applebees on Tue nite then. I’ll be there with 40 of my fav buddies, in very short jorts.

Bulldog59

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Well said Tony. We Bulldogs have an obviously slanted view, but this is cut and dry. Meyer has to be in the limelight and has to have total control. He can’t stand to have his position or authority challenged. Perhaps Meyer should counsel his players on how to address the media instead of shooting the messenger. His grandstanding had a clear purpose and message to the media, don’t write anything controversial or negative about this program, or you won’t be back. Meyer going directly to his daughter and pointing to the reporter shows his childish and vindictive side.
If the mass changes in player personnel for 2010 bring UF’s win percentage back down to earth, expect many more soundbites during the season. He can only stand the pressure if he’s winning, a perfect example is his body’s reaction after losing the SEC Championship. Too bad, because he really is a great coach; he has to be able to put things in perspective or he won’t survive.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Count me in!

termigator

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

I’ll be there!

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

Oh, now I get it, Urban Myer, Urban Crier. OK.

Matthew Schroeder. Oh no you didn’t. You just put down Thompson on the internet. Maybe Urban should call you out. How old was Myer’s daughter? If she was 18 then he had ever right, if not then he had no right at all.

Dawg in Jax my money would have been on the reporter.

Thompson griped about Tebow before, how dare you tell the gayfor fans the truth. If you hear a knock at the door you might want to take a look out of your peek hole first. It might be Urban. Do the gafur fans a favor though. Give him a head start.

Wonder Dawg, of coarse he would have stood up to Golic, he would have just had a bunch of people standing in between him and Golic. Let’s put it this way,I think that Myer was bright to walk away because I don’t really think that Myer wanted any part of that reporter.

My hats off to some of you gator fans. A few of you actually showed some class on the subject, but alas the majority of you showed nothing but your ignorance and vanity.

blackout_dawg

March 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

UF is still a very talented team. Just had one of the all time recruting class. Just finished a 13-1 season and BCS bowl win. Dude has issues with health after the SEC Championship game and takes a “leave of absence”. Dude is feeling the pressure from delusional UF fans that think college football started when Steve Superior took over. If he cannot handle the pressure, then he needs to get out. What he as accomplished is remarkable and difficult to continue.

Gator Mike

March 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

Ga Gator: I did not say that Urban Meyer is not an egomaniac. He probably is one, but do not know for sure, nor do any of us on the perifery. What I said is that I stand behind him because he is our coach. I am sure that the Orlando Sentinel with Bianchi and Fowler have aggravated you at times. They even go after the good folks at BAMA because they win. Most coaches who win big are egomaniacs and we all know it. As for Spurrier, I understand your position, but he did walk out on UF by his own choice. He would probably be there again, but Machen and Foley wanted to go another direction. When Stoops said “no”, Foley hired Urban Meyer. Meyer is a winner even if he is wound tighter than an 8 day clock. I am sure that the UGA folks would have his back were he the UGA coach with the record he has at UF.
The majority of us Gators will stick by Coach Meyer. Remember, “in all kinds of weather, we will all stick together for FLORIDA”
GO GATORS!

Mia

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Richt would never do anything like this, so there’s no need to answer the question. It would be totally out of character for him. If he did do what Meyer did, he probably wouldn’t have waited to apologize to the Sentinel reporter & the school. He would have been embarrassed.

Mr. Barnhart, well written article. I totally agree with your sentiments. When I got a tweet from Zach Klein over at WSB about this, I knew immediately this had to do with Tebow. People can comment/criticize the man without Meyer & the Gator nation foaming at the mouth. Tebow wouldn’t be trying so hard to change his throwing stance and pocket strategy if he was a conventional NFL QB prospect.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

There goes the fag Ga Gator imposter. Where you been fariy?

Gator Mike

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

Which Applebees? I’ve got some of those short jorts myself!

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

Typical Dawg Fans to ignore a question about their saintly coach. Of course they would run to his rescue and sing his praises. Meyer IS a jerk, but a great coach and if UGA fans were intellectually honest they could admit they wish there coach had Meyers on the field record.

ReptilesRule(the real one)

March 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Cute, my imposter friend…but no banana. Sorry.

ReptilesRule(the real one)

March 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

I WOULD agree with the statement that Urban has a substancial ego…but what great coach doesn’t?? I wouldn’t exactly call Nick Saban or Pete Carroll as “profiles in humility”. Even Mack Brown of Texas has that quiet swagger to him.

poopdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:01 pm

Ga Gator , fire is one thing but there is no story here until Meyer plugs in. Thompson nor the Sentinel is the story , its Meyer. How is Meyer taking up for Thompson? Thompson didn’t need taken up for, its a haha moment nothing more. Meyer showed his A$$ nothing more.

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:03 pm

ReptilesRule I know what you mean. We dawg fans were wetting ourselves for 50 years. You want to know what a dawg fan would have done if it were Ricth that had done what Myer did. Can only speek for myself but I would have expected Mark to apologize to the reporter and if he had then that would have been that. Over with. I would’nt have been on here backing a classless act like the majority of you gator fans are for sure.

Brainac, actually the reporter look bigger and younger to me. Maybe that’s why ole Urban turned tail an took a hike. He may be crazy but he ain’t stupid.

Lord of the Lizards

March 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

I would almost have to say that after watching the video of Meyer and the reporter several times, I beleive this could well have been calculated and planned by Urban. For one, Deonte’s got to feel good that he has been vindicated by his coach, second, the message to the players and their families is “I got your back” and third it was a powerful message to recruits.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

Poopdawg, I havent defended Meyer if you go back and read my posts. I just asked a simple question about what would Dawg fans say if it were Richt and I suspect most would first be amazed, then said he showed some fire and finally maybe would have said, coach might have some issues.

ol gator

March 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

I’m a lifelong Gator fan and I think Meyer is a bit of a drama queen. I also know for a fact that the Orlando Slantinel sports section has a history of over-hyping stories like this to stir up controversy.

Because of the timing, Meyer probably thought this could affect Tebow’s draft fortunes, which is wrong – nobody in the NFL is going to pay any mind to this story. It is understandable that he would want to defend his players, but he should have been less emotional.

And Wonder Dawg, maybe you should wait until the Bulldogettes beat Meyer a few times before you call him a sissy.

KJ

March 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

What would Dawg fans say if it were Richt? They wouldn’t say anything, because he would never stoop that low. End of story.

Me

March 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

Hey, it’s good to be “classy” and “Mr Nice guy” and all and want to get along with everyone. To be truthful, that might even describe my own perception of my own persona. But I’m not a football coach and this IS football, not the debate team and people want emotion and passion (within reason, of course). Sometimes I wonder that if Richt doesn’t turn the ship around in a couple of years and someday is gone if many of these same fans will be saying “well, he was a nice guy but just couldn’t beat Florida or he just couldn’t win the big one”. Don’t think this couldn’t happen, especially if Saban and Meyer continue winning and dominating the conference.

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

Gay GAtor never pointed anyone out just stated a fact, you do know what a fact is don’t you? I said that most of the gator fans and if you don’t know what most means it means the majority, actully validate what Myer did. Not all , but most. I told you what I would have expected of March Ricth and unlike Flordia fans I would have to believe that the majority of dawg fans would expect no less.

poopdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

Lizard , how did Meyer “get your back” for Thompson. It was a non story ,except in Orlando , with Meyers help it is national story and Thompson will still be answering questions about it come August. Meyer did not help Thompson.

bornadawg

March 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

Urban Meyer is a “bad guy”!!!! He lacks values and characater! He is out of control and needs for someone to control him! It should be the responsibility of the President of Florida (not the AD) to step in and make rules regarding accepted behavior that Meyer must follow or give him consequences ranging from game time suspension to being fired. There is no doubt that Meyer runs a winning program. But at what cost? If the Florida President lacks the fortitude to discipline Meyer, then The SEC commisioner should take the reins. Regardles of whether the Florida President or the SEC commisioner gets involved or not, the NCAA should issue ultimatiums regarding accepted media approaches. This story was very wrong to have materialized, and definitely will not go away without some consequences to Meyer!

Cooper71

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

The loss to Bama and Saban seems to have unhinged Urban completley.

Our prayers are with you, Coach.

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Tdawg, why is it U G A Y fans like you like to throw around the term Gaytors? Are you nervous about your own sexuality?

Ga Gator

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

bornadawg, you are on drugs if you think this is an NCAA or SEC situation. The UF President is the only one who has a say in this. An unfortunately he was the one who forced the AD to hire him in the first place. The AD’s choice was Spurrier.

termigator

March 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

Ga Gator, the reason U G A Y fans are infatuated with gayness is because Dawgs lick themselves.

Lord of the Lizards

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

poopdawg, actually the Thompson statement WAS a national story. Even Jim Rome was vilifying the kid the very next day (Tuesday) on his national radio show. In fact, if it hadn’t become a national story, I doubt that Meyer would have reacted that way with the reporter. But it blew up (as usual) and the school even decided to withold player and coaches interviews on Weds. The Florida program, for better or worse, has become so high profile that you can’t sneeze without ESPN knowing about it anymore. If this had happened at Vandy…crickets…

Ugaclassof2004

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

You know Meyer probably didn’t handle that situation very rationally, but I appreciate the fact that he’s sticking up for his kids. Thompson’s comments were taken out of context and I’m sure he regrets saying it. By “real QB” I think he meant having a traditional passing QB. He wasn’t dogging out Tebow, he was just implying that Brantely will be utilized more as a pocket passer which will benefit the WR’s and the passing game in general. But because’s Tebow’s arm strength has been the topic of conversation lately due to him entering the NFL draft, the media pounced on that. The media rarely has to be held accountable, so I have no problem with Meyer telling this reporter that he is no longer welcome at his practices, especially if he is going to make something out of nothing; which is what that story is: much ado about nothing. Lesson learned by Thompson to be sure.

drunk dawg

March 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

Did Meyer have his Jorts on?? He is a baby and has less class than most, regardless! Without Tebow….Gators will be back to norm…bank on it. All you Florida fans…..AJ’s is having a 3 for 1 PBR blowout this weekend!!

termigator

March 25th, 2010
1:39 pm

drunk dawg, do you mean like when Chris Leak was QB or when Zook was the coach?

The Ol hung a half a hundred on the Dawgs in Athens Ball Coach

March 25th, 2010
1:41 pm

Urbie is so mean, he even ran the score up on me in 08.

murfdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

First of all, give poor ole Urban a pass. He has a brain tumor. This can cause all sorts of problem with people who disagree with you.

Secondly, his ego has just jumped past SOS and has reached the Richard Nixon level. A paranoid, egomaniac will see everyone against him.

As much as I hate the Gators, this is going to be sad to watch. Anybody remember Charlie Pell?

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

Ugaclassof2004 you are a very perceptive an intellectually honest young man.

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Ga Gator usually only use that phrase on people who use it on dawg fans. Kinda owe you an apology on that one because I really don’t recall you ever using that phrase on one of us. On my bad you just did, didn’t you? On second thought I don’t owe you an apology after all do I? Man that’s a load off my mind. You dont know how hard it would have been for me to owe an apology to a Gator. But will have to admit that of all the gator posters you are one of the few that I actually respect.

Same old, same old

March 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

Another college football story, another tale without heroes. So far, we have a diva coach, a devious reporter, and the expected defender of the reporter. The only honest character is the ball player. Once, again, the old men make their money and live vicariously by being associated with the hard work and talent of the athlete (who likely would have no other legitimate reason to be attending an institution of higher learning).

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
1:52 pm

Tdawg, thanks Tdawg I attend all home and some away games and usually ignore the comments during your pregame program from fans that dont know Im a gator. It was tough sitting in the Tate Center watching Ole Miss beat us on TV before your Bama game last year and seeing all the fans going crazy. But I understand; I was like that about UGA back when Dooley owned us.

the most interesting man in the world

March 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

Same old, same old, I live vicariously thru myself.

JoePa

March 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

As a graduate of UF’s College of Journalism and a big fan of Coach Meyer, I have to admit that I’m very disappointed with his behavior this week. Coaches and players often say things they regret, but to publicly embarrass and theaten a beat reporter who’s just doing his job goes WAY over the line. Even though Fowler’s column seemed a bit inflammatory, Urban and his players need to develop a thicker skin. We’ve all seen a LOT worse …

Shankit

March 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

Orlando Sentinel is a very liberal newspaper including their Sports journalists,
sort of like the AJC. Naturally, having a local university, Univ. of Central Fla.
competing for recruits, I would suppose the Sentinel would try to drum up
stories, a lot like AJC, to reflect on their across state rival to help the local
school program.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
1:58 pm

Meyer was wrong in the way he handled it. He is an egomaniac, but most fans of most high profile schools either have a coach like him or hate to admit they wish they did.

MEDIA WRONG

March 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

Quotes were taken out of context by Fowler. Bianchi’s follow up article was horrendous- had a title of something about Thompson bashing Tebow? Bianchi is always trying to create controversy. Fowler was very irresponsible for not including all of the player’s quotes. The media will listen more if Meyer publicly tells them what he thinks. Hopefully Fowler will lose his job over this. Deonte Thompson has felt horrible over the Fowler’s handling of this. Doesn’t that mean anything to you Tony? Meyer is simply defending his own player.

Same old, same old

March 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

Good for you, “interesting man”. We need more people who make the action, and fewer people who watch the action!

Clark G

March 25th, 2010
2:02 pm

Serious as a heart-attack…

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

ga gator pretty sure that if you were to do a little research you’d most likely find that it was the gator fans that started the whole gay thing. Personally I don’t have an opinion on that topic one way or the other. That’s between them and their maker. Not sure if it is possible to find out who started the whole thing but the first time I read it was in reference to the dawgs. As far as this mess with Myer goes, he was wrong and he knows it and so do his backers. It’s one thing to back your coach and quite another when fans glorify him when he does something stupid and what he did was stupid.

Tdawg

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

on second thought it may have been teck or vol or bama fans who started it.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
2:10 pm

Tdawg, all is forgiven, but I have to admit the whole jorts thing is kinda funny.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
2:13 pm

“The person people should interviewing is Paul Johnson. Why? B/c he doesn’t care what he says. He knows what he stands for and knows how to get it done. If he fails, he finds ways to improve like a great coach does. Wait… isn’t that how coaches become good? lol – I won’t name specific teams.”

No, when Paul Johnson fails, he makes up excuses such as ‘we have more important goals, that game was not important to us’. Great coaches win bowl games, remind again how Paul ‘the great’ Johnson does in bowl games?

Urbaneosauros

March 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

Tebow is Gawd in Florida, to question Tebow is to question baby Jesus himself, that being said, Meyer looks like a puke, he needs to man-up and wear some coaches shorts or jean shorts to honor his fans….

Shankit

March 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

Meyer and Thompson news is getting old.
I’m going back to more exciting news between
egos, Obama and Glen Beck; Sarah and Biden, etc.
Same plots, just different casts.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

dog biter, is your writing indicative of that fine UF education? For UF’s sake, I sure as hell hope not!

“All you UGA punks dont hate us because our coach can take up for his guys. If that was the ajc markie mark would have apologized to the newspaper. I luve them gators ready to cook a dog in JAX again the year you guys suck. Y ou should have came to Fla. A-Murray are were you scared of the gator world class ladies”

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

You think Meyer is on edge now…wait until he loses a couple of games and he’s going to have a total meltdown on live TV.Book it

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

Lord of the Lizards, your 1:07 post sounds like a Vol fan last year theorizing about a Lane Kiffin stunt.

I’ve admired Urban and wished our guy had his coaching talent, but dang, the last 3 months he sure has acted a bit unstable.

Ron Zook

March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88, you lost even to me so the beatdowns will continue. Book it Dano.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

It is kind of late to reply, but I will answer you GA Gator. I would be ashamed if Mark Richt responded to a reporter like that. Given Richt’s history, I would also feel that he had finally folded under the pressure and completely lost his marbles. I would not be excited, I would not bark about it, or any other BS you think UGA fans might do.

Now, the better question for you Gator fans is, how do you think Tim Tebow feels about Meyer’s response to the situation? WWTTD?

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

I agree Wonderdawg. He still doesn’t look well. Last year was a year from Hell for the Team. Going undefeated during regular season was never enough. If they didnt win by 50, the local media and fans were on the team. Thank God Bama will be preseason #1. Dawg fans should remember the pressure of 07 and I must say Richt did handle it well on the outside.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

good response LOL.

Reality Check

March 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

Georgia fans wish that Richt had balls like Meyer.
Maybe some folks need to start getting in people’s face in Athens???

BAMA on probation yet?

March 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

CUM has emotional and physical issues. No one can question his success. It would be nice to see him step away from this job before he does something to ruin what bit of goodwill he has left. Great column Tony, it took courage to write this one.

Ignoramus

March 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

Let’s face it, the South is full of dumbarse christians, all richt has to do is kiss jesus arse and he’s coach for life….

Hamad Meander

March 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

Urban Meyer needs a public relations firm to sit him down and tell him how to act with the media. He CLEARLY doesn’t understand how to deal with the press. His retirement-unretirement was a public relations disaster, and this confrontation was a display in immaturity.

Clearly, he needs to be reigned in for his own sake.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

MEDIA WRONG

March 25th, 2010
2:48 pm

Meyer was defending Deonte and he is a player’s coach. This is a big reason for Meyer’s success on the field. The player’s like him, he is able to bring this into the recruiting circle as players know he will back them. Criticism by people like Tony won’t affect Meyer’s success. Richt may not have done what Meyer did to a reporter but I think I would take Meyer’s success in winning two national championships.

MEDIA WRONG

March 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

Hamad you don’t win games by being friendly with the press. You win games by having the support of your players. Deonte Thompson is grateful for what Meyer did.

Sean Hannity

March 25th, 2010
2:54 pm

Typical of the media. They all cry freedom of speech, but what they really mean is freedom of the press. Dont critisize anything they report and for sure dont critisize them in front of their peers or in public.

JC in Powder Springs

March 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

Deonte Thompson is Meyers’ son??!! Wow, that is a huge story!

Hamad Meander

March 25th, 2010
3:03 pm

You don’t have to be unfriendly to the press to win football games either. Bobby Bowden, though some will argue his merits, won a ton of football games and was always open with the press. The problem with Meyer is that he picks fights with the press and is usually wrong when he does. This reporter stated in his article not to take Deonte’s ill crafted quote literally. That does not make him a “bad guy” and subject to physical or any other threats.

Perhaps both Meyer and his players should go to PR101 class and PRACTICE talking and interacting with the press.

Mike Shula

March 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

Has David Pollack’s motor stopped running yet?

W

March 25th, 2010
3:18 pm

Hamad are some kind of Arab Muslim Tech student?

LOL

March 25th, 2010
3:22 pm

Thanks Ga Gator, but you did not answer the question. What would Tim Tebow do?

Billy Madison

March 25th, 2010
3:27 pm

(*phone rings, ‘Telephone Lines” by ELO is playing in background*)
URBAN MEYER: “Hello?”
MEDIA: “Hey Urban. It’s the Media. Look, we know in the past we’ve worshipped you blindly, but this recent incident is causing some to question your almighty righteousness. We just wanted to say we’re sorry for upsetting you. We were stupid, and it won’t happen again.”
URBAN MEYER: “Okay.”
MEDIA: “So…maybe we’ll get a cup of coffee sometime or something.”
URBAN MEYER: “Yeah. Sounds good.”
(*Urban Meyer hangs up. The music gets louder. Urban Meyer uses lipstick to cross off reporter’s name on list titled “People To Kill”, applies lipstick to face*)

KB

March 25th, 2010
3:28 pm

Urban is going to make it. His wife needs to get in his face and tell him to get into another form of work. The way this guy is wired, his body is going to give out on him. If he can’t handle a screwup from a local reporter, what is he going to do in a tight game?

Mikey

March 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

What will Urb do when he faces some real adversity, like losing a few games or something?
I believe that we will see him drop dead on the sideline. Guy is wound way too tight.

foxandcoon

March 25th, 2010
3:52 pm

The cheese is slipping a little further on Urban’s cracker…

Paul Hamilton

March 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

This is sad to say, but I can totally see Meyer being the first coach to drop dead of a heart attack at practice or during a game. We have seen the rate of players dieing on the field increase in recent years and at some point one of these coaches is going to have the same thing happen.

Who’s jealous of Meyer??? I feel bad for the guy’s family that he doesn’t take his health a little more seriously. Tim Tebow doesn’t need his wittle coachie woachie to defend him. Meyer should grow up and relax a little. This wasn’t even worth getting upset over.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

LOL, I would imagine Tebow would be embarrassed by the whold thing.

TampaGator

March 25th, 2010
4:07 pm

I agree with Tony that there is a better way to handle what Meyer said to the reporter…in hindsite. But, Tony, you need to know that this reporter has written a lot of negative stuff about the Gators and Meyer (sort of like you)recently and over recent years…and I think Meyer was just getting sick and tired of the reporter taking pot shots and writing negative things about him, the program, and his players. The reporter made it personal long before he wrote the Thompson story. Even I have become upset about some of the question stories this reporter has written. Enough is enough…and Meyer told the reporter that, clearly!!! In addition, the Orlando Sentinel might as well be published by the FSU Alumi Association (like the AJC should be published by the Georgia Alumni Association). And….Wonder Dog…I don’t think Meyer would have hesitated saying the same thing to Golic if he had written the story. If you look at the photo of Meyer addressing the reporter, the reporter is taller and bigger than Meyer. This is a story that should have never been written, period. The reporter wrote it to make both Tebow and Thompson look bad and to sell newspapers….period. Other than that, the story had no value whatsoever. I don’t think Meyer would have been upset with the reporter if he had written a story about the different styles of Tebow and Brantley and had sensible quotes from Thompson related to that topic. The resporters journalism was not good journalism. It was grocery story tabloid copy at best….and I guess that is what it takes to sell newspapers these days.

Galin Hall

March 25th, 2010
4:08 pm

da’ breeds em good down florida way, ain’t got nothin 2due wit coachin’, its like jimmy da greek said the black athlete is the best, can’t argue wit’ logic, florida is da’ home of da’ homey. da rule….

MEDIA WRONG

March 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Deonte Thompson is what this story is about not Tebow. Thompson was ridiculed for bashing Tebow, and that wasn’t his intent. He said he felt horrible about how he was not quoted accurately and portrayed in way that he didn’t intend. Meyer was defending Thompson against the media. The media has no mercy on student-athletes. Bash Meyer all you want. Like Spurrier used to say, you know you have a good team if everyone likes to criticize you etc. Evidently Meyer is getting under UGA’s skin just by winning lots of football games.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

As tight as Urban is wound I have a bad feeling that he just might channel the spirit of Woody Hayes on the sideline one Saturday afternoon.

As for all you gators asking us dawg fans what we would do if Richt ever did anything like this? I don’t think he ever would do something like this. However if it ever got that heated I think Richt would hit him with a “I am going to be praying for you brother” and walk away.

LOL, funny man. When Paul Johnson fails he just punches somebody in the face.

KJ

March 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

“Georgia fans wish that Richt had balls like Meyer.”

Um, making veiled threats to a reporter who has zero chance of responding physically does not equate to having “balls”. But I guess it’s not surprising that someone like you would think otherwise.

Volunteer Nation

March 25th, 2010
4:27 pm

Let’s face it Coach Urban Meyer (CUM) is scare about his prospects this season. He realizes UF’s no longer the best team in the east and that his beloved Teabag is gone to the 3rd rd of the NFL draft to play TE.

Expect more anger from CUM than you’ve seen since his early days at Utah St.

MEDIA WRONG

March 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

Who is the best team in the East? UF is the heavy favorite

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
4:31 pm

Volunteer Nation, Too bad your beloved Peyton Manning came back for a 4th year and couldn’t beat the Gators. Your 4th again in the east loser.

Maxx

March 25th, 2010
4:38 pm

WHAT A SURPRISE, URBAN CRYER WHINING AND CRYING AND BEING A DICK! WHAT A JERK THAT GUY IS! I THOUGHT NICK SABAN WAS THE BIGGEST DICK IN THE SEC, BUT URBAN CRYER HAS OFFICIALLY TAKEN HIS PLACE AS #1! WHAT AN ASS!!!

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
4:51 pm

Uh, Vol Nation, so who is the best team in the SEC East? It’s UF hands down still. I think the days of UGA’s D giving up 40 plus points are over, but Bobo cannot outcoach SEC DCs, so we’re still a couple of years and one more NFL hiring (OC) from challenging again.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
4:54 pm

WonderDawg, if one of your QB’s work out, it will be a dog (no pun) between the 2 of us this year.

PTC DAWG

March 25th, 2010
5:07 pm

Meyer does a good job of keeping the story about him. He loves the limelight…and it worked, he got Tony to come back to write about him.

WonderDawg

March 25th, 2010
5:15 pm

Oh, we’re hang with you better than the last two games, but this QB thing has me worried. Richt botched UGA’s last true “QB competition” (Joe T, Joe Cox, Matt Stafford) for nearly a whole season, being wishy-washy about a starter. Didn’t finally settle on Stafford til bout the 6th game, when everyone in the USA knew it had to him.

Plus, look how OSU, LSU, UT, UF and even UK shut our offense down last year. Basic, predictable schemes. Bobo needs to move back to QB coach and Richt needs to raid the NFL again, but it won’t happen til after this year.

jcwfalcon

March 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

Props to Fowler. If Meyer told me that while pointing his finger in my face I’d probably blow up. He should have said “And if you and I went at it, i’d whip you weak hearted hiney all over this practice field for these cameras and your fans to see.”

Dawgs2010

March 25th, 2010
5:28 pm

I would love to go to YouTube and watch Coach Meyer drop dead from a heart attack.

carl wilkins

March 25th, 2010
5:28 pm

Sir:

I have read several of your articles and for you to say you have been fair or imply you have been fair in your reporting of the Florida Program or to Coach Meyer is a lie.

Sign Retired.

atlbrave426

March 25th, 2010
5:35 pm

People are dumb…Urban Meyer is wrong
direct quote from Fowler’s blog (look it up if you dont believe me)

“New quarterback John Brantley is what Thompson calls a “pure passer,” which makes him happy. The two have connected on thousands of passes the last three years in practice, Thompson said.

“You never know with Tim,” Thompson said. “You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

Thompson’s comment was either intentional or he meant to say Brantley’s a more conventional style of quarterback.

I’ve received plenty of feedback Tuesday from Thompson supporters vouching for the guy. I’ve interviewed Thompson numerous times in the past and he never said anything inflammatory.

Either way, Thompson’s ready to be the top receiver for Florida.”

-Fowler did not make it look like Thompson was bashing Tebow. Urban Meyer obviously did not read the article and just heard from someone incorrectly that Fowler had said “Thompson bashed Tebow.” When he didnt. Meyer had no reason at all to go after Fowler, he did nothing wrong, he quoted a guy correctly. Meyer doesnt even deserve to be mad at Thompson either, the kid just said something wrong he probably meant to say “conventional quarterback” but accidentally said “real” he’s a kid, he is going to make mistakes, this shouldnt have even been a story but Urban Meyer, who everyone knows is a huge a**hole had to make a scene.

Mark Richt

March 25th, 2010
5:52 pm

I wish the GA media would pay as much attention to my team as they do to all things Gator. Sigh.

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew

March 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

Bama kicked all things gator ……REAL GOOD

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew

March 25th, 2010
6:00 pm

Urban is smart ass YANKEE

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew

March 25th, 2010
6:01 pm

GO AT IT SKINNY ASS NERD URBAN

Dave

March 25th, 2010
6:12 pm

Chris Lowe had a column saying he thinks this had to do with Urban was being sensitive to comments about Tebow and his lack of being NFL ready at first I agreed until I read about another incident in Urban recent past where he wanted to ban ex-Fl QB Shane Mathews for the offense. I am going to call a spade a spade here. I believe Urban has a real problem with criticism and is probably the classic definition of a person who is a control freak. This is the incident I refer to it is very similar and happened only one year ago http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_bianchi/2009/04/is-tim-tebows-coach-urban-meyer-trying-to-blackball-gator-legend-shane-matthews-.html

GT

March 25th, 2010
6:28 pm

I like this kind of communication, I wish more coaches would stop being politically correct and show their real colors. I mean no one in this conversation has a real job anyway. Tony there is a real world out there somewhere and none of this has anything to do with it.

Buzz

March 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

Dave – don’t put too much stock in Bianchi’s “analysis.” All Meyer said was that if you want inside access to the program as a former player, then support the program. If you want to be negative and rip the program, then buy a ticket. But you can’t have it both ways. I’ll bet that all coaches feel that way. Don’t be my buddy on Saturday when you want a sideline pass, and then rip me the rest of the week. Coaches have a job to do, and if someone is undermining their efforts, why would the coach want them around?

Whiskeydawg

March 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

I thought your article was very well written, Tony. I agree. UM didn’t handle the situation well. As you said, Myer is a very smart man, so why did he choose to create more stress and tension? Could it be that he needs a certain amount of that to operate? I’ve worked with people over the years, and I’m sure you have too who aren’t comfortable unless the atmosphere is always “charged”. They can only function in crisis mode. I have a neighbor like that. He’ll use any excuse, no matter how minor, and turn it into a Federal case. Most people like that are prone to suffer from high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. I don’t wish that anyone, but Myer’s resent health history also seems to fit the profile.

NoGaGator

March 25th, 2010
6:52 pm

Here’s the best perspective I’ve read about what went on and why:

http://andreu.blogs.gatorsports.com/10392/this-wasnt-about-tebow/

Bob

March 25th, 2010
7:21 pm

Urban might to run that Orlando Sentinel ban past his sports information department. I’m guessing they might not be on board. What a dumbazz.

indianman

March 25th, 2010
7:22 pm

coach meyer show is low down coach and i don.t think tebow will be aquarterback inthe nfl some body will not his brain out

Georgia Fan

March 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

I guess the leave of absence didn’t work…

ControlFreak.com

March 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are PremaDonnas……..

Nachos

March 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

That’s what happens when you have to coach against a man named NICK SABAN.

R.I.P. to all SEC football programs, its just getting started.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

Nacho, enjoy it until uncle nick gets a. a better offer or b. you get put on probation.

.......

March 25th, 2010
8:21 pm

PROzac

March 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Nick and Urban need to move to Milledgeville

Remerton Police Chief

March 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

I saw Urbans daughter with that UGA QB.

grow up

March 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

Urban goes off
Urban lashes out
Urban is a tired act

BS Patrol

March 25th, 2010
8:40 pm

The “standards” of the SEC?

Tony, did you realize there are thousands of comedians out of work?

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
8:45 pm

Dawgs2010

March 25th, 2010
8:45 pm

Urban’s daughter is the star of the new release “Anal Assault 15″

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
8:47 pm

Dawgs2010, I’m glad you aren’t typical of most Dawg fans. When do you get kicked out of your trailer?

Bull Gator

March 25th, 2010
8:56 pm

Mark my words…………Urban Meyer will be DEAD in 10 years or less. He obviously has a type A personality and is driven beyond belief. However his ability to deal with criticism and adversity will ultimately undue this man. He should have stayed retired…he owed this to his family. His health is bad…chest pains, and a cyst on the brain. Urban Meyer you cannot stop being Urban Meyer and you know it – your personality won’t let you. Please for the love of your family quit putting yourself inot such a stressfull situations…if you don’t then ultimately you are going to kill yourself. You are NOT being fair to yourself or your family. Get some help before it is too late. You will be the death of yourself if you don’t stop – and stop quick. May the good Lord bless you and your health!
Bull Gator

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
9:03 pm

dont see how anyone can disagree with you Bull Gator.

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

gotta to love it. The great Big East just lost another, Butler over Syracuse.

poopdawg

March 25th, 2010
9:20 pm

Bull Gator , stress doesn’t stop when you stop coaching. He may need coaching more than we realize. He loves it or he wouldn’t be doing it . I bet his family has pressured him to quit also. But he’s a warrior and too young to play old.

Wil Bradley

March 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

Love the Gator hate coming out of the ATL. I like your blog, and now have been compelled to comment.

Of course I couldn’t disagree with you more, but it’s not homerism.

You said it yourself, no other reporter chose to run with that story the way Fowler did. Why was that? You know better than I do, that reporters are all about breaking a story. If anyone else there thought this was the gist of Thompson’s statement, surely they would have ran with it.

I understand the media protecting Fowler, that’s what you do. And all you media guys, including ESPN are all over the airwaves and internet blasting Meyer. Why?

He’s doing what you guys are doing, defending his family so to speak. Again, you pointed out that Fowler’s use of the quote was misleading. So why did he do it the way he did? Especially when you get a chance to hear the entire interview (link below).

http://ufrsports.com/review/index.php/2010/03/25/deonte-thompson-urban-meyer-and-tim-tebow/

Anyway, Gator Nation is accustomed to this type of envy. We actually relish it.

athdog

March 25th, 2010
9:59 pm

This is the first head job Meyer’s had for more than two years, making this the first time the beat writers’ for his team have really gotten to know him the way you only know someone after a few years. He is, was and will always be a controlling egomaniac, and my guess is that WonderDawg is dead on: He (Urban) and ‘manboobs’ Johnson are both the type that would crap themselves if someone had the cajones to stand up to ‘em. Having said that, I’d love to have Urban’s record of achievement over the last few years,

Players and Recruits

March 25th, 2010
10:37 pm

Urban M-e-y-e-r! Urban M-e-y-e-r! Urban M-e-y-e-r! THE MAN!!!

ga gator

March 25th, 2010
10:52 pm

athdog, the 2 years in the same job is not it; however it is the first job he’s had in a 24 hour pressure cooker like being the head of an SEC program. He simply hasn’t been able to stand up to the pressure of being #1 for an entire season, few can.

Pete Spyke

March 25th, 2010
10:52 pm

I can understand Coach Meyer’s frustration and anger. It’s clear that the media people who are rallying around Jeremy Fowler STILL don’t get the point. This isn’t about Urban Meyer — it’s about Deonte Thompson. The implications by the highlighted “A REAL quarterback?” in the articles was hurtful to Deonte. Deonte didn’t diss Tebow — the media dissed Deonte. Fowler needs to take responsibility for that, as does anyone who did the same thing. Deonte is the only one in this whole dynamic that deserves an apology, and no one has offered one. That’s the problem, pure and simple. A good person was hurt, but instead of focusing on him, all the hubbub’s about the guy who hurt him — whether it was deliberate or accidental isn’t the issue. Deonte and his family deserve an apology. Will we hear that, or more blather about stuff that isn’t even germane to that central issue?

John Martin

March 25th, 2010
11:29 pm

I think the real issue here is not a coach defending one of his players but is why you and other so call “journalist” are not calling out one of your own for taking a qoute out on context to try an create a story. It is another case of lazy jouralalism which seems to be the norm today.

Real Georgia Dog

March 25th, 2010
11:29 pm

Meyer’s going to blow a gasket even before the season starts. He’s lost it and needs to retire. With meyer and the uf staff in disarray, look for the Dawgs to dominate the SEC east this year. Richt will really run it up on florida’s weak D this year as payback for those 2 timeouts in 2008!!! Dawgs v. Bama for the SEC title—mark it down!

Chris

March 26th, 2010
1:54 am

It is baffling how many articles just as clueless as this one are being published on this matter. This has nothing to do with “managing the media” – this is entirely about Meyer making it clear to his players he is going to stand up for them and to deflect the media pressure off them onto himself. This is a brilliant, unselfish move on his part and the fact that nobody is picking up on this is a clear sign how little knowledge of reality one needs to write about football for a living.

kevin

March 26th, 2010
2:01 am

Barnhart is a Donkey! A bunch of babble about nothing.

Mark Richt is a Hypocrite

March 26th, 2010
5:08 am

Urban says whats on his mind. Mark Richt what a joke. Seat will get hotter for Hypocrite Richt in 2010.

Jim007

March 26th, 2010
5:12 am

Never been impressed by Urban Winer, this just confirms / validates it.

Gators 49 UGA Balls lickers 10

March 26th, 2010
5:12 am

Mutt nation playing that same old broken record that they play every year.

Real dumb Georgia Dog

March 26th, 2010
5:16 am

Timeouts are legal. The pain will hurt for fleabag nation for ever.

When will UGA win another NC?

March 26th, 2010
5:21 am

I’ll take Urban over Richt anytime. Urban wins championships and takes up for his players. As for Mark Richt? My tan and hair looks great!

The Refs,coaches and god hates Georgia

March 26th, 2010
5:35 am

after that stupid endzone dance. Georgia will always be Urban Meyers bitch!

BuLLdawg

March 26th, 2010
6:33 am

Urban Meyer has LOST IT for all to see.

BuLLdawg

March 26th, 2010
6:34 am

Urban Meyer clearly has underlying reasons why his HEALTH remains in the news.

He cannot keep coaching. It is NOT good for his HEALTH.

Is that not obvious, if not before now when I said it after he took back his retirement.

Certainly now.

BuLLdawg

March 26th, 2010
6:37 am

In fact even before the, un-retirement and I will be back and coach in the Fall, presser, I said that Urban Meyer had a problem years ago when he started CRYING when he LOST.

BuLLdawg

March 26th, 2010
6:40 am

Jeremy Foley will be held responsible, and the University of Florida president too, for how his health CONTINUES to FAIL from these high-strung personality flaws he CONTINUES to demonstrate at EVERY opportunity.

It has nothing to do with managing or controlling the press. It ONLY has to do with his HEALTH and what causes his HEALTH to be as it CLEARLY is.

Top Dawg

March 26th, 2010
7:00 am

I’M A MAN!!! I CAN TAKE IT!!!
– Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)

bull-gator

March 26th, 2010
7:27 am

I’ve been a Gator fan since 1959 and thought I had seen it all. This takes the cake. I’m sick and tired of the Meyer/Tebow sideshow. Meyer is mentally unbalanced and needs a head doctor to fix whatever is causing his erratic behavior. Also, Foley needs to publicly spank his a$$. What a circus…

Cassie

March 26th, 2010
7:29 am

Sorry Tony, LOVE what Urban Meyer Did!!!! Hopefully, the public in general will call out the press when they manipulate quotes to misconstrue comments or leave content out to make someone look biased. That’s exactly what Fowler did. I saw or read all interviews. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A 2 WAY STREET. If the reporters can dish it out…WELL, he should be able to take it.

jim

March 26th, 2010
7:50 am

bad for gators, the press will back off.

dawgfan

March 26th, 2010
8:00 am

The quote says what it says. Thompson was clearly comparing Tebow and Brantley. Thompson said Brantley was “a REAL quarterback,” thus implying that Tim Tebow wasn’t. It could not be more crystal freaking clear as to what the dude was getting at. I mean its right there in plain english. There is nothing to take out of context. The dude said what he said.

The only reason this is such a big deal is because it is critical of the mighty, righteous, and holy Tim Tebow. You will never see a more coddled college football player in your life. While at Florida, nobody could say anything remotely critical about this guy. Thom Brennehan cries like a little girl during the ‘08 BCS title game telecast over Tim Tebow critics. Somebody asks Tim Tebow if he’s a virgin at SEC media days and all hell breaks lose. The reporter was out of bounds in ambushing Tebow with that question. How old was the dude at the time, 21? He’s a grown effing man. He can take care of himself, or can he? I remember hearing about a posse of Florida players who tasked themselves to “looking after” Tebow on campus. Are you freaking kidding me? Is this middle school or SEC football?

Tebow was a great player but my God the infatuation with this guy was sickening. Sure, he’s a swell guy, goes to church, is a great leader, and stays out of trouble. Big harry deal. There are a million guys like that in college football. To all those Gator fans crying about the media, who do you think put Tebow up on that pedastal to begin with?

Nobody can say anything about St. Timothy ever. That’s what this all boils down to.

J Gator

March 26th, 2010
8:43 am

I completely support Urban and the way he defends his players. The media continues to spin things they way they desire.

Topp Dogg

March 26th, 2010
8:50 am

I think of Urban every time i sit on the toilet and take a dump ,i wonder why?

termigator

March 26th, 2010
10:24 am

You think of him Topp Dogg because he beat the $hit out of the Dawgs.

droopydawg

March 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Calling Urban Meyer (Corch Irvin Maya) unstable is unfair? Really?

Also, this is just more evidence that meyer and tebow have a love that dare not speak its name

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Oldskool

March 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

Uh..Tony..I think you are old enough to remember when Bear Bryant, Frank Kush, Woody Hayes, and Bo Schembechler roamed the sidelines. Those guys would have kicked this reporter’s head off and pooped down his throat for less, while the rest of the press core stood around laughing.

All kidding aside, don’t embarrass yourself and pretend to defend this reporter. His tweet was extremely misleading and deserved a spanking.

Are you guys this desperate for news that you keep this one going?

jaxheel

March 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

As usual Barnhart you are wrong. You are a self professed sports guru who is nothing short of being a hack. This reporter has had run ins in the past with many coaches and him being the jerk he is it won’t be the last. Meyer has talked to this clown before and the horses butt doesn’t care. But then again this rag of a paper is known for garbage like this.

[...] Sentinel reporter might have earned him the opprobrium of most commentators — from Tony Barnhart to our own Alligator Army – but it has earned him the respect of his [...]

savannadawg

March 27th, 2010
1:43 am

Good gosh!!! Enough about this crap. Got to go to practice so as to get better. See you gators in JAX. Oh, and by the way. You gator fans better hope Brantley has some wheels too. cause me thinks my defence mite be a tad better this comming fall. Fast baby fast. I’m just saying……….

savannadawg

March 27th, 2010
1:46 am

Oh, and who’s to say Urban and this reporter didn’t cook up this whole mess behind closed doors to make sure the news out of Gainsville stays hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

savannadawg

March 27th, 2010
1:49 am

No one can get on this blog and deny that The University of Florida sports machine is not a “media darling.”

Notso FASt

March 27th, 2010
2:37 am

If the guy in Athens had said this you would be praising. Come on you just don’t like Urban.

DMan85'

March 27th, 2010
6:16 pm

Hey Tony seriously are you serious?
Trying to blame Urban, and not only Urban pretty much every Head Coach that gets a little hot tempered trying to defend their players, which are like there children.
Tony shut the F^*k up and go suck a fat d^*k, B^*^h.

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help, I live in Ga

March 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

I thought I was glad basketball was over (for TN anyway). And now this non-story is all anybody talks about. Meyer is an average coach. If Brantley had 4 or 5 games of experience and played against Alabama last year, they’d have won the game. Tebow had recievers open all day every Saturday but he was too busy watching the D-line and not letting the ball fly. The kid is right.

GatorNation1

March 31st, 2010
6:10 am

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Ack

April 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Who died and left the press as judge, jury and executioner? Their arrogance is why I used to like to watch Bill Parcells’ press conferences.

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