Urban Meyer didn’t scream his age or declare his manhood like Mike Gundy, but the Florida coach certainly made waves when he confronted an Orlando Sentinel reporter earlier this week.
Jeremy Fowler quoted Gators’ wide receiver Deonte Thompson in his blog as saying “You never know with Tim. You can think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With (New quarterback John) Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”
Meyer didn’t take too kindly to the story, and during the post-practice confrontation, told Fowler “If (Thompson) was my son, we’d be going at it right now.”
Obviously Thompson has been embarrassed by the remarks, saying he did not mean to take anything away from Tebow.
It’s no secret how close Meyer and Tebow’s relationship became by the end of Tebow’s career, so it’s no surprise that a quote involving the former Heisman winner has Meyer fired up.
Throughout his career, I have been a huge fan of Meyer, dating back to his days as the Bowling Green head coach in 2001.
I even gave him a pass when his retirement-turned-leave of absence-turned-glorified vacation unfolded this winter.
But this time, Meyer may have overstepped his boundaries.
I applaud Meyer for protecting his player, who was obviously disturbed by the situation.
However, Fowler did nothing wrong by using Thompson’s direct quote in perfect context.
Fowler’s blog was supposed to be about Thompson hopefully breaking out after a couple of disappointing seasons in Gainesville.
Where Meyer should have directed his frustration is obviously with the player, and giving the kid a tutorial on word choice.
After Meyer nearly retired due to health concerns stemming from dangerous levels of stress, he doesn’t seem to be pulling any punches already.
This really brings about the question of just how much Urban truly cares about his health.
Whether he admits it or not, getting so frustrated and visibly violent in a situation as petty as this one doesn’t exactly say, “I’m handling my stress issues really well.”
What began as a simple misuse of words by a underachieving junior wide receiver has blown out of proportion, and will turn the eyes of critics far and wide directly to Meyer.