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July 07, 2013

Urban Meyer's Florida Gators Arrested Often: The arrest of former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez on murder charges has cast a spotlight on Urban Meyer's years coaching at the school, where his players were arrested 31 times. Charges included aggravated stalking, domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards. "Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible," Meyer told a reporter in relation to Hernandez. "Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him."

posted by rcade to football at 05:26 PM - 7 comments

"And since he has not yet been convicted of killing anyone while at the University of Florida, our mentorship clearly worked. It's a pity the Patriots can't say the same."

posted by Etrigan at 07:35 PM on July 07

About halfway through the Urban regime, the Gator grads I know stopped referring to Florida State as the Criminoles.

posted by beaverboard at 08:03 PM on July 07

"As a coach, some think I should bear some responsibility for the young man's development. Really, I could freaking care less. We won a lot of games when he played here, didn't we?"

posted by cixelsyd at 12:45 AM on July 08

"As a coach, some think I should bear some responsibility for the young man's development. Really, I could freaking care less. We won a lot of games when he played here, didn't we?"

I actually think that was (an oversimplified version of) what Bobby Bowden said about his job at one point in the 90s, IIRC. Though I believe he emphasized more of the idea that he was paid a lot of money to win games, and that if he managed to make better people in the process, great-it wasn't his primary mission.

posted by Bonkers at 09:52 AM on July 08

Somewhere, Gordon Gee reads this article and smiles...

posted by tahoemoj at 10:34 AM on July 08

Is the problem of criminality due to the coaching staff, the types of recruits they are targeting, the region they historically recruit from, or all of the above. Funny how Florida, Florida State, and Miami U seem to have had a 30 year plus run on having thugs on their teams......

posted by FonGu at 07:22 AM on July 09

How else were we supposed to balance the piety of The Tebow?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:19 PM on July 12

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