Tag:Urban Meyer
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 11:46 am
 

Bryant Gumbel calls out the NCAA

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are a lot of things the NCAA does that I don't agree with.  For one, I've always been a proponent of the players in football and basketball actually being given their rightful piece of the billion dollar pie they've baked for the NCAA.  Yes, I know, they get full scholarships and monthly stipends, but that's nothing compared to what those players have given the NCAA.

When it comes to punishments the NCAA hands out, I often feel as though they're on a witch hunt, kind of like what's going on with the agent probe spreading throughout college football today.  It's a sentiment that Bryant Gumbel seems to agree with, as he had some pointed comments for the NCAA at the end of the latest Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.

"Finally tonight, a few words about crime and punishment. I'm no legal expert, not by a long shot, but I do believe that driving drunk, robbing a convenience store, and hitting your girlfriend are all worse offenses than dealing with an agent. Most people would agree with that I think except, it seems, the folks in charge of college football.

How else to explain the fact that the USC Trojans are currently on NCAA probation while the Florida Gators are not, even though Florida's program has seen 27 different players arrested during the short tenure of Coach Urban Meyer. That's right, by NCAA standards, 27 arrests merit not so much as an official reprimand. But dealing with a prospective agent prematurely, as former Trojan Reggie Bush did, gets your program punished for four years.


It's not just about USC. NCAA investigations are ongoing at the Universities of Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina for the same kind of premature conversation with agents that Bush had. And it's not just about Florida. Players at Pittsburgh, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi, UCLA and elsewhere have also been arrested this year. But all of those programs are, by NCAA standards, in full compliance.


Look, no one's naïve enough to think football's ever going to be played by a bunch of choirboys. It's not. But you'd think that NCAA officials could, at the very least, give coaches and athletic directors a reason to be as diligent about illegality as they are about eligibility - and right now they don't. Until and unless they do, the NCAA's idea of institutional control is anything but."


It's a very good point.  Why is it that one is punishable and the other is not?  In the Bush case, an entire program is being punished for the action's of one student.  Yet, in Gainesville, 27 players have committed actual crimes and not even a slap on the wrist.  Sure, players have been suspended for games, which hurts the team, but until the NCAA steps in and actually hands out real punishment for the programs then coaches have no real motivation to curb the behavior.

Now I now it's impossible for a coach to keep his eyes on every single player he has on his team, and things are going to happen.  I'm not saying that if one player is dumb enough to pick up a DUI that scholarships should be taken away, but if there's a pattern of such behavior and arrests then there needs to be some kind of reprimand for the school and possibly the coach.

It might not be right, but at least it'd be fair.


Posted on: September 17, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Will Hill to play for Gators on Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Will Will Hill play this Saturday after being forced to sit the first two games when Florida goes to Knoxville?  Why, yes, Will Hill will be playing, at least that's what Urban Meyer said on Thursday following Gators practice.  Hill had been suspended for Florida's first two games for "disciplinary reasons."

Those disciplinary reasons reportedly being due to Hill skipping two classes, so the team decided that if he wanted to skip two classes he got to skip two games as well.  Either way, Meyer says he's likely to play this weekend and could possibly start .

Coach Urban Meyer said Hill would return and said, "I think he will [start)."

Hill has led the team in special-teams tackles the past two years. Meyer said he was encouraged by the special-teams play in practice Thursday.

"I can see the development," he said. "When Matt Elam starts playing really well on special teams. He's starting to play really well. When Will Hill's doing the things he did today on special teams, I'm expecting a really good game out of him. Cause that means they're locked in, they're unselfish and they're ready to go."


The junior free safety is on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award for the country's best defensive back, so his return to the field will make the Florida secondary -- one of the facets of the team that hasn't played poorly this season -- even stronger.  His presence will also help on special teams, as Meyer alluded to in the quote above, as Hill has led the Gators in special teams tackles each of his first two seasons in Gainesville.

Well, unless he decides to skip a class on Friday, anyway.


Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Urban Meyer on Gator arrests:: 'Enough is enough'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida head coach Urban Meyer is, as you could probably guess, not terribly thrilled with the latest news about Chris Rainey's arrest. Here's what he had to say to the Palm Beach Post:

“I’m real upset about that,” he said about the arrest total. “After a while, enough’s enough. If there’s something we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation rate stinks, then we’ve got to improve that. If there’s other issues in the program, that’s our job to get it better. People making stupid mistakes – that’s something we’ve got to correct.

“We follow the rules and some guys make some mistakes and we’ve got to correct those mistakes, but we follow the rules, we do it the right way at Florida. We have to do a better job of correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

That's strong rhetoric, and not really out of character for the strong-willed Meyer. Unfortunately, equivocation isn't out of character either, to the point where we've been conditioned to expect wiggle room out of what should be an airtight statements like Steve Addazio's "He's no longer a part of the team" and Meyer's "He's not with us." Sure enough, Rainey's suspension is merely indefinite, and even if he's kicked off, is what Rainey did all that worse than, oh, letting off an AK-47? And since it's not, would Rainey or anybody else even believe his dismissal is permanent?

In other words--if Urban Meyer really wants his players to play by the rules, he'd probably be wise to make them fear breaking the rules first.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Urban Meyer talks about Chris Rainey

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After news broke on Tuesday about Florida wide receiver Chris Gainey 's run-in with the law following a rather ominous text to his lady friend -- though "TIME TO DIE" may have been a reference to a spider he'd found in his home -- offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took some time off from yelling "halfback dive" to explain that Rainey was "no longer part of the team."   What he didn't do was expand on whether that was a permanent vacation for Rainey, or whether or not he'd be back at some point in the future.

That decision belongs to Urban Meyer , and on Wednesday Meyer addressed the situation publicly for the first time.  Though he doesn't seem all that sure of what Rainey's status with the Gators will be in the future either.

"I can't do that (give timetable) because I don't know,'' he said. "He's not with the team. It's just further evaluation as we go. As of the immediacy of it, he's not with us.''

So it sounds as if Meyer is content to let the police figure out the matter before making a final call on Rainey.  Which is probably the right thing to do, though Rainey has admitted to sending the text message. 

Whatever Meyer decides to do in the future he'll have a lot of precedents to fall back on while making his decision.  After all, this incident does mark the thirtieth time one of Meyer's players has been arrested since he came to Gainesville.  That's one arrest for just about every two of Meyer's 59 career wins at Florida.

One decision Meyer was able to make is that Omarius Hines will take Rainey's spot in the starting lineup this weekend against Tennessee.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following the arrest of Florida Gators wide receiver Chris Rainey after threatening text messages he sent a girl, there are two questions that need to be answered regarding Rainey's future.  First and foremost, what, if any, legal ramifications will he face for the incident?  He was released on Tuesday morning following a hearing in an Alachua County courtroom.

The second question is what, if any, punishment he'll be receiving from the Florida Gators.  Well, we got a hint of that on Tuesday afternoon when offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said that Rainey "is no longer part of the team."

What exactly that means, I'm not entirely sure. 

There's a lot of wiggle room in Addazio's statement.  Rainey may just be suspended for the time being, or he could have been kicked off the time being.  Given Urban Meyer 's history of discipline with his players -- more accurately, his lack of discipline -- in the past, there's no telling what will happen with Rainey.

While Addazio's quote indicates that Rainey is no longer a member of the Florida football team, until Urban Meyer comes out and says that Rainey will never play for the Florida Gators again, I'll remain skeptical.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 1:46 pm
 

Urban Meyer unimpressed with Florida's first half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The good news for Florida: they lead Miami University 21-6 at the break. The bad news: virtually none of Florida's advantage has been the result of their offense, and Urban Meyer is acutely aware of this.

Leaving the field at halftime, Meyer told the sideline reporter that Florida's first half was "about as bad as we've ever played around here." Meyer said the offense needed to change "everything," and said they'd only gained 14 net yards on the half.

We'll just point out that the Florida offense gained 32 yards in the first half, and even if Meyer includes penalties, Florida accounted for 16, not 14, net yards. But that is the nit-pickiest of the nit-picky, and Florida's rivals must be salivating at seeing such an inept offensive performance against a mediocre-at-best Miami defense in the first half.

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