MLK’s Mack Brown still a Gator ‘at this moment’

AJC Super 11 tailback Mack Brown said he’s sticking with Florida “at this moment” but also said that he’s surprised and hurt by the unexpected news that coach Urban Meyer is stepping down.

“Everybody’s shocked right now,” Brown said shortly after hearing the news Saturday night. “I know I’m in shock.”

Brown, a senior at Martin Luther King High School, chose the Gators over Georgia before the season started. I asked him shortly after the news broke if it affected his decision.

“Not at this moment,” he said in a text message. “It just hurts right now ’cause I have a strong relationship with Coach Meyer. He recruited me. But at this moment I’m still a Gator.”

A little later I spoke to Brown by phone and he told me how he heard about it.

“Me and a friend were fixing to come in and watch some bowl games when my coach (Corey Jarvis) called,” Brown said. “He said the were saying on ESPN that Coach Meyer was resigning. We went in and turned on the TV and, sure enough, that’s what it said. Then I called Coach Carter.”

‘Coach Carter’ is Florida running backs coach Kenny Carter, Brown’s primary recruiter.

“He told me to stay cool, think positive and stick with Florida right now,” Brown said. “I’m still a Gator and going to stay a Gator until I meet the new coaching staff.”

Meyer, citing health issues, tendered his resignation Saturday night.

“I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program,” Meyer said in a statement. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to reevaluate my priorities of faith and family. After consulting with my family, Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and my doctors, I believe it is in my best interest to step aside and focus on my health and family.”

There were indications something might be amiss. The night Florida lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game in Atlanta, Meyer checked into a hospital the next morning for what Florida officials said was a dehydration issue. But there were also reports he had experienced chest pains.

In addition, Meyer has had to replace his offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively, the last two seasons. He also had to deal with several player-discipline issues and was fined by the SEC office for talking about game officials.

Defensive end Neiron Ball of Jackson also is committed to Florida but could not immediately be reached for comment. His coach, Mike Parris, said he’d talked to Ball but that the player was “going to let me know” if Meyer’s resignation would affect his decision.

Meyer, 45, led the Gators to national titles in two of the last four seasons. He is 56-10 in five seasons at Florida heading into the Sugar Bowl, in which he will coach.

207 comments Add your comment

thisistired

December 26th, 2009
8:13 pm

thisistired

December 26th, 2009
8:14 pm

Hate to see him go…but Florida is in for a world of hurt. OC left last year, DC leaves, HC leaves, the Messiah graduates, and a HOST of players graduate/leave early for the draft. Not a good situation for whoever is next.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

December 26th, 2009
8:18 pm

OH LOOK AT THE GAY-TERDS FALLING OUT OF THE SKY !!
LOOK AT THE GAYTERDS FALLING OUT OF THE SKY !!!!!!!!

shawn

December 26th, 2009
8:19 pm

wonder what his condition

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

December 26th, 2009
8:20 pm

RUN LINDSEY , RUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shawn

December 26th, 2009
8:20 pm

wish him well, glad to see him go though.

Brandon's Spikes

December 26th, 2009
8:22 pm

I gon gouge some eye over dis.

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:24 pm

I know RIcht can sleep better at night now—Urban owned him !!!!!

Richt

December 26th, 2009
8:26 pm

Man, I’m glad hes leaving–now maybe I can let my players dance in the end zone again.

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:27 pm

Oh no . One of college footballs biggest babies is quitting and that leaves 2 to go.
Now if the other 2 n(Spurrier andKiffin )would go away, life would be so good.

jim

December 26th, 2009
8:27 pm

My prayers are with the Meyer family during their time of transition. This shows that there are more important things then winning games. We must remember that football is only a game; family and health are more valuable.

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:28 pm

Add 1 more , fat face Paul johnson

GT man

December 26th, 2009
8:29 pm

Jim, Good comments.

true UGA fan

December 26th, 2009
8:31 pm

whoooooaaaaa neellly!!!!!

NO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:31 pm

Urban owned him? Who’s your Daddy? WE RUN THIS STATE nerd

indianman

December 26th, 2009
8:31 pm

he is leaving because all the good players be gone he know he couldn.t take it soar loser

Michael

December 26th, 2009
8:31 pm

Biggest baby? What have you ever accomplished?

Dawg Fan In Dalton

December 26th, 2009
8:32 pm

This isn’t the way I wanted to see him go out. I hope he gets his health issue back on track and get back into coaching. For that matter, I hope Florida can rebound from this. It’s not going to be the same.

Albert

December 26th, 2009
8:32 pm

Snoopdawg09, I sure enjoy eating you’re dawgs—Good “gator-bait”, UF rules over the hounds!!!!

true UGA fan

December 26th, 2009
8:32 pm

AD must feel like crap, no one to hire from within now, gotta buy someone out and pay them now

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:33 pm

He leavin becauce he no Ga. gonna start kicking he silly tail now that Tebo go and he dont want no mo party in in zone. Ga. now gonna run offf string like et ga. tech games an he no likke et.
so hee go .

Tech is my BBBEEAAATTCH

December 26th, 2009
8:34 pm

I find it so funny that you Nerds forget that UGAs record over NATS the past 20 years is almost identical to FU over UGA

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:34 pm

Enter your comments here

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:35 pm

I just pee pee in the potty

indianman

December 26th, 2009
8:35 pm

micheal you are the biggest baby not me i am 53 year old man

Albert

December 26th, 2009
8:35 pm

First Spurrier, then Zook, then Urban, —all it takes is a dawg hater. UF replaced Jan Kemp as UGA’s worst nightmare.

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:37 pm

Albert, will you marry me? I like little boys

BAMA FAN #2

December 26th, 2009
8:37 pm

It is time to go steal some great recruits from the gators before they name a big name coach!!! RTR

indianman

December 26th, 2009
8:38 pm

albert why don.t you take jan kemp you much worship her that all you talk about

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:39 pm

Albert are you still there/

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:39 pm

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:40 pm

Oh Albert you big brute

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:40 pm

Thank you Urban, now maybe us doggies can finally win one .

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

December 26th, 2009
8:41 pm

MAN WE GOT SOME CLASSIC PEOPLE TONIGHT !!!!!!!!

GT_G

December 26th, 2009
8:42 pm

Well…

Looks like Tommy Tuberville should be the next coach at the University of Florida…

Russ

December 26th, 2009
8:42 pm

Please dont let me be “gator-bait”

YELLOW FUZZ

December 26th, 2009
8:43 pm

Remember Me?

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:44 pm

GT G, Turbeville would be about as bad as Martinez

GT_G

December 26th, 2009
8:44 pm

The road is clear for the ACC to rise again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:45 pm

Albert, i m gonna poopie in the pottie in a minute

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:46 pm

Albert gonna poopie on UGA

Snoopdawg09

December 26th, 2009
8:48 pm

woever useing my nam beter stopp .usse u own reel nam

Go Tech

December 26th, 2009
8:50 pm

Have enjoyed, back to USC-Bc. Would be good to see BC win, cant stand USC.

YELLOW FUZZ

December 26th, 2009
8:50 pm

I said do you remember Me

indianman

December 26th, 2009
8:53 pm

yes cry baby i remember yoy the dogs gave you heart tack

GO TECH

December 26th, 2009
8:53 pm

I really enjoy Rice Crispies and chocalate milk more than Tech football.

YELLOW FUZZ

December 26th, 2009
8:55 pm

Well I’m back . Live with it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kb

December 26th, 2009
8:56 pm

Guys, I know most of you on this blog are simply heartless. I am a faithful Dawg fan but some of the comments here are untimely and tasteless. For those of us who have class and are “TRUE” college football fans, lighten up and wish the Meyer family well. May God grant them much grace during this tough crisis. Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Go Dawgs

December 26th, 2009
8:57 pm

Thank you Urban, now maybe, indianman, Richt, Vince and GO TECH will be happy to finally win one from UF.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

December 26th, 2009
8:58 pm

WHATS UP WITH THIS go tek FREAK …….
EATING THE MUSHROOMS I GUESS……………………………
OH, AND I HOPE THIS IS THE REAL Y. FUZZ .
REALLY MISSED THAT D.A.