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March 25, 2010

Florida Coach Urban Meyer Rips Reporter: Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer confronted an Orlando Sentinel reporter at practice for reporting a quote from a Florida wide receiver about Tim Tebow. "You're a bad guy, man. You're a bad guy," Meyer told Jeremy Fowler. "If it was my son, we'd be going at it right now." Fowler's response: "A reporter's probably not doing his or her job without getting blasted once in awhile."

posted by rcade to football at 05:58 PM - 10 comments

Let me think: the University of Florida ... a state university ... First Amendment be damned. This former sports writer would have a field day.

posted by jjzucal at 06:40 PM on March 25

I thought Urban was supposed to be relaxing more, not getting so wound up. Trying to avoid more of those chest pains, etc.

But anything that has to do with Tebow, that's in Urban's over the top zone. He is totally immersed in and obsessed with that player in a way that you don't often see with a coach. Go ahead and talk about his momma all you want, but don't say anything about Tebow.

It's not like the old days, when Spurrier would put his Gator QB's through the car wash if anything went wrong. Or if he felt like it.

posted by beaverboard at 07:16 PM on March 25

What a child. Shut the fuck up, indeed.

posted by basicchannel at 07:21 PM on March 25

Another reason why I wish Meyer didn't change his mind.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:58 PM on March 25

Did he have the same conversation with the quoted receiver? Y'know, don't kill the messenger and all that good stuff.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:02 PM on March 25

I love the body language in the photo with Meyer and the reporter. Meyer's acting like a tool. This is spring. Nobody was paying attention to anything going on there until Meyer threw that fit.

posted by rcade at 08:27 PM on March 25

Urban Meyer needs to relax before he has a heart attack. The reporter simply quoted the reciever, he didn't write the headline. If anything, Meyer should apologize for his outburst and go and have the same exact conversation with his reciever who made the comment in the first place about Tebow.

posted by BornIcon at 06:45 AM on March 26

Is the pressure of the SEC getting to Urban Meyer. You don't see Steve Spurrier losing it like he did.

While I love hearing stories of how few hours Spurrier put in with the Redskins (and his team seemed to pay for it), you have Meyer on the other side almost destroying himself and hurting the program by the hours that he put in.

In some ways you can dismiss Roger's comment, "I love the body language in the photo with Meyer and the reporter. Meyer's acting like a tool. This is spring. Nobody was paying attention to anything going on there until Meyer threw that fit." but rcade wasn't the only one that saw it. We all saw the story and so did every recruit who is going to Florida and many of them have to be wondering if he is losing his marbles.

If I was recruiting against him, I would be putting the seeds of doubt of how long he will last and his odd behavior in the minds of every parent and high school prospect I talk to.

posted by jc at 01:07 PM on March 26

Just another reason to dislike Urban Meyer.

posted by scully at 08:30 AM on March 27

Meyer has apologized to the reporter, telling him "I'm sorry, baby, I love you so much sometimes it just makes me crazy." OK he didn't do that last part.

posted by rcade at 03:04 PM on March 27

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