Why I Hate Urban Meyer

The biggest reason I hate Florida, Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow is probably because everyone in the media is eating from their hands. Pathetic. ESPN is to Florida as MSNBC is to Obama. That’s pretty frightening. But even if ESPN had not named Tebow the greatest college football player of all time, there are a few good reasons to hate Urban Meyer. Can he coach football? Yeah, he’s pretty good at that. But it isn’t about hating Urban Meyer the coach, it is hating Urban Meyer in the things he has said and done. Let me explain.

You may remember the 2006 season. Florida was 12-1 and won the SEC. Michigan and Ohio State were both 11-0 heading into their final game against each other. Michigan lost that one by a touchdown I believe. So of course, the big talk was if Florida, USC or Michigan would be No. 2 in the BCS rankings and replay Ohio State for the title. Here’s what little Urban said about that:

Florida coach Urban Meyer said Sunday a rematch between Michigan and Ohio State would be cause for immediate change to the BCS. “If that does happen, all the [university] presidents need to get together immediately and put together a playoff system,” he said. “I mean like now, January or whenever to get that done.”

That didn’t happen, so of course, no playoff needed. You know, as long as Florida gets what Florida wants (championship each season) then no playoff is necessary. Screw the fact that multiple teams have been perfectly qualified to play in the championship every year. Urban Meyer knows what is fair, and his team in the championship is, every year. No playoff necessary if the brainwashed poll voters make it happen. Way to have class Urban.

Now how about his job? Urban himself has said there are three jobs his wife has no veto power on- Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame. So why, in 2004, when he was offered the Notre Dame job, did he turn it down for Florida?

“Once my kids are done, maybe someday I’ll go coach there [Notre Dame],” Meyer told WQAM-AM 560. “I don’t know that. That’s way down the road. Being a father and being able to recruit the best athletes in America within a five-hour radius of my home, that’s why I came to Florida. I thought we could have a great chance at success.”

So did he just lie when he said Notre Dame was his dream job? Oh, and on the same radio broadcast, he said Notre Dame was “still my dream job; that hasn’t changed.” Hey Urban! You can 1. still be a father at Notre Dame and 2. recruit some of the best athletes in America within a five-hour radius of your home at Notre Dame. Poor excuse. In fact, there may be more talented athletes near Notre Dame than Florida. He has within 5 hours of his house Florida and Georgia to recruit from, maybe a little Alabama. Not too shabby. And within 5 hours of Notre Dame you have Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and probably parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

So the only conclusion to draw is that he is lying or somehow being dishonest here. I just don’t tolerate dishonesty. Sorry. A man with poor character doesn’t rank high on my list. He needs to be honest about where he does/doesn’t want to coach or just not talk about it at all.

Next on the list, Tim Tebow. As I stated before, the only possible reason Tim Tebow could have had for sticking around Florida is to try out for the NFL. He was a projected 5th round pick last year, so that is obviously why the one-time Heisman winner did not enter the draft. He needed to come back to show he could play in the big league. Obviously that required not running 35% of your plays but learning to throw the ball, too. Big quarterbacks in the NFL who try to run on size and not speed don’t fair too well (ask Steve Young.) We all know Tebow will suck in the NFL if he even plays quarterback. Meyer had to know that too.

So why not teach him? Don’t you owe the guy? Nope, Tebow, in his first three games this season, has run on 40% of his plays, even more than his average last year. Clearly, Urban just wants to win. And somehow he convinced Tebow that it would be good to get banged up some more and try and win another Heisman and National Championship. Tebow better learn to play as an NFL quarterback soon, or his hopes at pro-ball are dashed. Doesn’t look like Meyer’s play calling his helping him too much.

Now we know the most important thing in college football is recruiting. How does Meyer go about it? We all heard enough already about how he calls recruits while they are on other campuses, which isn’t against the rules but should be. Here are a few other examples:

Florida was ready to take all-star corner Patrick Johnson with what they thought was a bogus test score, but he committed to LSU. How did Florida respond? “Florida flagged my scores,” Johnson said. “They called the compliance office. I’m not upset. Florida made an issue about the ACT score. They’re cowards. They had to go behind my back. But that’s OK. We play them this year (on Oct. 11 at Florida).” Class act Urban. See point number one about how the system is broken unless it works for Meyer.

According to Daryl Stonum, Meyer had a compelling reason why he should become a Gator. “He told me that he talked to Coach Carr and Coach Soup and that they told him that I would be a much better fit in the Florida offense than I would be in the one at Michigan,” Stonum recalled. “I thought, wow, my coaches are selling me out? I confronted them about it. I asked Coach Carr and Coach Soup about it, and they said they never talked to that guy and that there was no way they ever said anything like that and that they think I should be a Wolverine. I believed them. Right then, I knew just how Florida rolled.” Remember the point about honesty?

Meyer was recruiting junior college receiver Carl Moore, who attended Sierra Community College in Placerville, Calif., along with his girlfriend, Maranda Smith. Smith had competed for UCLA’s gymnastics team in 2006, but quit after an injury.

Once Meyer realized he wasn’t going to sign Moore without Smith attending Florida as well, he contacted Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn for help. She just happened to have a scholarship available. The couple are now Gators, with Smith scoring a 9.775 on the uneven bars in exhibition Friday.

Sounds shady, doesn’t it? It might just be. In the story, Smith relates how she talked to Meyer “every day” in November and how he wanted her to attend Florida and compete in gymnastics.

First of all, as a football coach, Meyer cannot recruit for another sport. By contacting Smith, he broke the rule that all phone calls must be made by a head coach or one or more assistant coaches who count toward the limits of coaches who can recruit in a sport, which is three in gymnastics. Also, since he was effectively acting as a gymnastics coach, he broke the rule that in gymnastics coaches are allowed to contact recruits only once a week.

There were other issues with recruiting Omar Smith, Justin Trattou and probably plenty of others. Recruiting is what makes a team great in college football. Cheating in recruiting is equal to cheating in the middle of a football game to me. Way to go Meyer.

This last reason is the biggest reason of all why I hate Urban Meyer. Bob Stoops shares this quality, but you’ll notice Pete Carrol doesn’t. It’s called running up the score. Urban, if you are up 49 point against South Carolina and it is the third quarter, pull your starters! You have clearly won the game! Heck, you won when you were up 21 points in the second quarter. It’s absurd how long starters stay out for this guy. And why? One reason only- running up the score? And why run up the score? Ask the BCS, they’re computer rankings give you a boost for “style points,” that is, margin of victory.

How do you think Oklahoma got ranked ahead of Texas last year? They ran up the score every time. Why do you think Bradford won the Heisman? He played way more than he needed to, just to run up the score and pad the stats. Meyer and Stoops aren’t idiots, they know exactly how this BCS system works and they know running up the scores helps their rankings, which helps them get to a national title. Now karma has bitten Stoops and Oklahoma as Bradford has been out two straight games. Not that it mattered, they terrorized both teams anyway. But still, its the principle of the thing.

All this adds up to why I hate Urban Meyer. He is a fantastic football coach who can win you games. But its how he does it that bothers me. If cheating in your recruiting, running up the score and being dishonest about your intentions is what it takes to win, count me out. But count Urban Meyer in!