Former Florida Gators praise Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s CFP National Championship win

By Adam Silverstein
January 13, 2015

Five years after leaving the Florida Gators, head coach Urban Meyer led Ohio State to a 42-20 win over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.

A number of former Florida players were following along throughout the night on Twitter and shared their thoughts – and congratulations – for Meyer after the contest.

The national title is the third in Meyer’s career, all of which have come in the last nine seasons. He helped lead the Gators to the 2007 BCS Championship and 2009 BCS Championship before leaving Florida for good following the 2010 season.

Check out all of the tweets…after the break.

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37 Comments

  1. corey says:

    Looks like it’s mostly Brandon Eye Gouge Spikes and Carlos Found Drunk Sleeping at the Wheel of His Vehicle just before the Biggest Game of His Life Dunlap. Urban’s character guys. The ones he trashed Florida for having after he ran off like a rat escaping from a trap.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      I bet you still tout those 2 national championships though.

    • Gatormatic says:

      Whoa whoa whoa….Brandon Spikes is an all-time Gator great. What kind of fan are you? He gouged Moreno’s eye because Moreno spit in his face….it’s not really bad at all when you think about it like that, in fact, he should’ve done worse. Yes, Dunlap was a young idiot who made a mistake. Hey, he was a kid! You gotta learn from those mistakes and looking at his great success in the NFL, he has definitely learned. You’re not sounding like a very good fan. Go Gators!

      • corey says:

        I should be able to love the Gators and still love decency. As a UF graduate and stakeholder, I actually care about the university’s reputation. Fans like you always think it’s just a football team. If you are so willing to overlook any transgression when it’s a player on your team, what kind of fan are you? Not one that’s very ethical or bright. Maybe you could just follow Urban to OSU? They appreciate the anything to win mentality up there. Not here. People like you might roll your eyes at ethical standards. You might think it’s all BS. You might think that if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. And you’ll find it very diificult to be a fan of this University’s football program with an attitude like that. You are an Urban Meyer fan. The man vandalized this program and the university’s reputation. If you can’t understand that cutting corners for short term results causes long term damages. I could do without them. Other coaches have and will win championships here. He owes us. We don’t owe him squat.

        • OrangAndBlueVictorious says:

          Easy, killer…… you’re not the only UF graduate or ‘stakeholder’ on this website We all know about the issues under Urban…..mainly drug violations and minor criminal charges. I’m by no means defending those actions, but you have to remember that Urban also won 2 national championships and UF was in the national, arguably international, spotlight throughout the 2000s. That does a fair amount for branding and the value of your degree, whether you admit it or not.

          All Dunlap did was hurt himself that night, thankfully. And for all of Brandon’s implied dirty playing, it wasn’t enough to stop him from being drafted by and playing for the Patriots, one of the classiest organizations in the NFL. Kraft himself has commented on Brandon’s heart and character.

          From a well known website: “So when Spikes came across as a dirty player during his senior season after being caught eye-gouging during a game, he stood up and increased his coach-mandated suspension from a half-game to a full game.

          ““I accept responsibility for my actions and I accept the consequences of my actions. I would like to apologize to my team and the coaching staff and Washun Ealey. Football is a very physical and emotional game, but there is no excuse for my actions.””

          http://www.onlygators.com/02/02/2012/sunday-a-dream-come-true-for-spikes-and-his-mom/#ixzz3OpFFMn4E

          The fact that both of these men have learned from their mistakes and continued to have success in the NFL without any issues would imply that Urban came nowhere close to ‘vandalizing the university’ as you insist.

  2. Gatoralum88 says:

    It’s nice to see the love his former players have for him & makes me think “Wow, what players we use to have”…& from all over…Spikes (NC), Haden (Maryland), Dunlap (SC). I’m happy for coach Meyer & grateful for the hard work he gave while at UF. I’m sure I’ll be in the minority on this post against all the Meyer haters who feel he feigned his health issues.

    Considering how rough these last four years have been, I’m sure if someone were to say to Gator nation “Coach Mac will only be here for six years but will leave after three 13 win seasons, two SEC, & two National championships” we’d ALL take it. While he might not be there yet as being the GOAT (Greatest of all time), Spikes & Watkins may be on to something. He’s certainly on his way to that. His team next season will be loaded & will likely be pre-season #1 IMO.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      It isn’t that people don’t appreciate what he did, it is the way he left. Touting his love for UF and “never going to coach anywhere else”, then all of Gator Nation concerned with his health and stepping up to show him love, then his stepping down for health reasons and everyone got it, felt sorry for him, wished him all the best and thanked him for the great job he did, wished him best of luck in his beginning broadcast career, etc. And then 6 months later he was off coaching OSU.

      Kind of like being left at the altar. The pure shock of how the events transpired leave a bad taste in a lot of people mouths. It is not an easy thing to get over and while it is possibly entirely coincidental, it just seems a bit pre-meditated as most of his other coaching jumps were. I have little doubt with all of the rumors and suspicions that were starting to surface at OSU that he wanted to be sure he was available when it came open whether it was that year or the next.

      I don’t believe he faked his illness like others did, there was clearly something wrong during that 12-0 season, but I do think he used it like he uses everything else to leverage his position.

  3. Michael J. says:

    This is sickening to many Gator fans. But they only have themselves to blame. It’s not a stretch to say that UF fans were one of the main, if not the, reasons Meyer left Gainesville. No need to recap, but it wasn’t long after he won two titles at UF that he suddenly became a bum. I think he’s now made a an appropriate response, don’t you? As for Oregon, they are once again the bridesmaid. They remind me of FSU before they finally won a title, close but no cigar. Also, for all you Winston haters, I think you saw why Winston will be the first pick over Mariota. Mariota’s success is due more to the scheme Oregon runs while Winston is the ultimate NFL quarterback.

    • DC Gator says:

      Gator fans are a tough bunch to deal with. We expect a lot and aren’t pleased when we don’t get it. But, don’t fool yourself into thinking that fans of other programs, especially OSU, aren’t as rabid and demanding. UF was Meyer’s first major gig. As fans we put mountains of pressure on him to win, but he probably put more pressure on himself. Meyer has the kind of drive that few other people can relate to or understand. It was mostly his passion and desire, and his lack of familiarity with how to deal with it in a healthy manner (both his personal health and team “health”) that ultimately led to his issues at Florida. The fans’ outside pressure didn’t help, but most of his issues stemmed from within.

    • ColtNoir says:

      LOL. most in FL don’t hate him. and again LOL to the Winston over Mariota… that was a good laugh, buddy. you must be an FSU fan.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Well, you know how right he is, because Winston outplayed Mariota so much that was why Mariota’s season was over and he was just watching Winston play in the National championship game from the couch….oh wait….

    • 305Gator says:

      “It’s not a stretch to say that UF fans were one of the main, if not the, reasons Meyer left Gainesville.”

      It is a huge stretch, in fact it is a bunch of bull.
      The only thing you get right is that Mariotta is a product of the system. The bit about Winston being the “ultimate NFL QB” is laughable. And when you compare him to Luck, Brady and Manning it is hilarious. Winston will get drafted higher than he deserves only due to desperation. But if your boy idol doesn’t grow up in a hurry he will be just another high draft pick bust.
      The kid from OSU is the best QB out of all the 4 playoff teams by far. Amazing that he began the season as 3rd string.
      FSU was the worst of the 4 playoff teams by far, TCU should have gone instead of them.
      Next season OSU will be ranked #1 in the pre season and TCU will be up there as well.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Actually, he should fit right in. He disrespects women in multiple ways, he steals, has the ultimate ego making it all about him. Should fit right in with the rest of the thugs.

    • Daniel M. says:

      Purely troll gibberish. Good day sir.

  4. DJ Chemist says:

    I for one welcome our new Big 10 overlords!

  5. 1974Gator says:

    Solid win for OSU and Urban the “drama queen.” His young team looks like it has some long-term staying power. Jones and the O-line are beasts. The D is fast and nasty. If Meyer can hold on to his asst coaches and keep his locker room together I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the final 4 next year.

    • 1974Gator says:

      Meant to mention how bad I felt the diction was in most of the tweets above. I know it’s part of their counter culture thing. To me it comes across as a very poor reflection. I know they can give a rat’s a%# about what I think. It’s the old saying “You dress them up and send them to school….what do they do? Eat the books.”
      Now I’ll sit back and watch your attacks on my character and values roll in.

      • gatorboi352 says:

        …do what now?

      • Michael Jones says:

        Couldn’t help but think of when our Urban-led Gators went against an OSU team in the national championship who, like Oregon, was heavily favored. Urban knew he had the horses that night as well.

        I also agree with you about the sad state of communication skills of some of our “student athletes.” It’s almost unbearable to read or listen to. . . and so I don’t.

  6. uf_84 says:

    Last night’s game didn’t surprise me in the least. Mark Helfrich and the Oregon staff were in way over their head against a motivated Meyer. The question for OSU fans is how long is that motivation going to last?

  7. Matt says:

    Looking back, Urban Meyer is like that ex-girlfriend.

    The relationship started off strong and everything was fantastic for 5 years. It looked like a match made in heaven and she kept telling you “you are the one” or “I can’t see myself with anyone else but you”. It felt euphoric. Meanwhile, all the other guys from your fantasy football league and work softball league start to rag on you and tell you how big of a arrogant snob she is. All the time you keep defending her saying things like “all girlfriends have their issues” and “your girlfriend does the same thing”

    Suddenly, she forgets to plan your birthday party and doesn’t wear as much make-up as she use to. Now you start to scrutinize her in ways you didn’t think of before and notice faults in the relationship. She notices this and tells you she wants to breakup. You convince her things will be ok and that you should give it another try to make things work which she agrees to. After a while though, it is clear that you were a bit of a smothering boyfriend. She can’t breathe and finally breaks up with you . She vows that there isn’t someone else and that ‘its her and not you’ but things don’t add up.

    After a while, she runs into an old fling from freshman year of college. She didn’t plan on seeing him but sparks flew and they started dating.

    Meanwhile, you’ve been dealing with a myriad of problems. You have commitment issues, realized she was using your credit card and ruined your credit history; She took your favorite Van Halen T-shirt. You forgot how to talk to women but found someone to date. She’s not as pretty as your EX but she has good morale standards but has a bit of a temper and tolerance issues.

    That fling didn’t last long but you’ve found someone new and can’t wait to see where this relationship takes you. It seems that your Ex has changed and learned from your relationship. It seems she’s engaged to her old college fling but you’ve realized that worrying about her won’t change your situation. Time to move on and enjoy the good moments you had with each other and learn from it.

    • Razzlegator says:

      Brevity Matt. Go ya fifty that, like me, no one read more than a couple of sentences.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Actually, I read the whole thing, found it engaging and funny. About the only part of it I disagreed with was the “smothering boyfriend”. Gator fans are no worse and no fewer expectations than any other successful major program.

        • Matt says:

          Thanks Ken. I’d agree. We smother just as much as the others 😉 and it isn’t a bad thing. Some girls just need their space every once in a while. Sorry you can’t read more than 2 sentences there Razzle.

  8. KB says:

    Congrats to Urban Meyer! Always wished him well and it’s a damn shame he burned himself out here but it is what it is. He is a bright coaching star and UF is a bright star program. The two fit together at the time and we all saw what the output was. Congrats to him and can’t wait for UF to see him one day on that big stage with a Natty at stake. Also, I just saw that Mac hired WR coach who was the Oregon receivers coach Matt Lubick. Looks like staff is complete so let’s see what Mac and staff can do.

  9. Ken (CA) says:

    I really enjoyed watching the playoffs, personally. How nice it was to see quarterbacks that actually hit receivers in stride, receivers who actually caught the ball, etc. Except for those 3rd down drops by Oregon last night, the rest of the games the offenses were actually fun to watch.

  10. Buster says:

    Love Urban. I really dislike that most Gator fans hate him.
    To me it’s mostly the bandwagon uneducated fans that hate him.
    He won more National titles than any coach. We were the “it” program of the late 2000s.

    I think he meant what he said when he said it. The only reason he returned to coaching so quickly is because the Ohio St job opened up. Ohio St to him is like Florida is to us. That job might never open back up again. He had to take it.

    Don’t be bitter. Appreciate the titles, wins, and good times.

  11. Gatormatic says:

    I will always be grateful to Coach Meyer. He rebuilt the Gator program and took it to heights it has never been (even with Spurrier). Yes, he left in a rather shady manner and I really don’t know who is telling the truth in that situation, but it’s now in the past and we can’t dwell on it forever. I was fine seeing Urban succeed at Ohio State and not really doing any national damage, but NOW he’s taken that program to the same level Florida was at when he was the coach. Now, I want to see him lose. Nothing would be sweeter than the Gators and Ohio State getting into the CFB Playoff next year and the Gators beating down Urb and Co. to win the national title. I doubt that ever happens, but I think McElwain will bring us back to that level very soon.

  12. Me says:

    Good lord, sometimes I am ashamed to admit I am a Florida fan. Between The Gators and the Red Sox, the teams I cheer for love to smear people on their way out the door.

    I wrote this in October, 2011, and it still mostly holds true today:

    First, I will start with a listing of relevant events. After I list the events, I will connect the dots with opinion and conjecture based on interpretation and extrapolation. That, and knowing a thing or two about how “spin” works.

    These are the facts, in chronological order.

    These are FACTS and they are INDISPUTABLE. I’ll connect the dots later but, for now, I’ve condensed them here. Reviewing these things that happened over the years paints a pretty clear picture of things and shows the ugly and cutthroat side of what some people still delude themselves into thinking is an amateur “sport” instead of a professional BUSINESS.

    • Bernie Machen, having left his post at Utah, begins tenure as president in January 2004
    • Ron Zook fired at end of 2004 regular season.
    • Steve Spurrier removes his name from consideration
    • Urban Meyer leaves post at Utah in 2004 and chooses the Florida job over his dream job.
    • Notre Dame hires Charlie Weis as their plan B; Urban Meyer is at Florida now.
    • Cam Newton, who is bigger, faster and with better mechanics than Tebow, commits to Florida in Sept 2006
    • John Brantley, whose skills are the opposite of what is needed to run the spread and who’d been proactive in his commitment to Texas, decommits in December 2006 then commits to Florida, where his family played. Brantley also, it is said, mentioned not wanting to be away from his girlfriend was a factor.
    • Cam Newton wins the primary backup job for 2007, seeing limited action while Tebow was in the midst of his Heisman campaign, but flashed a lot of potential.
    • Florida signs no QB in 2008.
    • Cam Newton and John Brantley, according to statements from the team, supposedly were fighting for the backup job in Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen’s SPREAD offense.
    • September, 2008, Meyer’s book “Urban’s Way” comes out and it mentions the three teams his wife has no Veto power over – Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State.
    • Cam Newton injures ankle in opening game then is redshirted for the season. John Brantley ascends to backup.
    • Wednesday, December 10 2008, after having just won the SEC championship and en route to a BCS title game, Meyer declares again that Notre Dame is still his dream job.
    • Wednesday, December 10 2008, Dan Mullen announced as new HC of MSU, leaving the Florida job, with formal announcement to happen December 11, 2008.
    • January 5, 2009, Cam Newton announces his departure from Florida.
    • January 8, 2009, Gators Win BCS title game over Oklahoma.
    • January 11, 2009, Tebow announces his plan to return for his senior season.
    • Florida recruits athletic QB Jordan Reed in 2009.
    • August 2009, Meyer offered a 6 year contract extension.
    • In 2009, Meyer looks unhealthy, extremely thin and almost zombie-like.
    • Nov 23, 2009, with rumors of Charlie Weis’ imminent departure at Notre Dame, Meyer goes out of his way to declare “I’m going to be the coach at Florida as long as they’ll have me. So I want to make that clear”
    • December 10, 2009, Notre Dame announces Brian Kelly is the new head coach.
    • December 26, 2009, Meyer announces resignation.
    • December 27, 2009, Meyer decides not to resign.
    • Florida recruits and signs athletic QB Trey Burton in 2010.
    • Florida recruits and signs athletic QB Tyler Murphy in 2010.
    • Meyer and his staff continue in their trend of recruiting “spread players”
    • January 8, 2010, George Edwards announced as DC
    • Feb 4, 2010, less than 24 hours after national signing day, Edwards announces he is leaving to be the DC for the Buffalo Bills.
    • February 28, 2010, it is revealed that Meyer has not yet signed the extension he was offered in August 2009
    • March 24, 2010, Urban Meyer has a dust up with Jeremy Fowler for printing a quote of Deonte Thompson calling John Brantley a “real quarterback” when compared to Tim Tebow. It is believed this outburst shows Urban Meyer has regained his passion.
    • Jeremy Fowler, shortly thereafter, receives a nice promotion.
    • June 30, 2010 it is reported again that Meyer STILL has not signed the extension. It is also reported that extension was first proposed late in 2008. Late in 2008 was around the same time he reiterated that Notre Dame was still his dream, job. It is also remembered that Billy Donovan, coach of the basketball team, had coached without signing extensions with UF. Billy Donovan also had an interesting flip-flop a few years prior.
    • December 8, 2010, Meyer resigns again.
    • Dan Mullen, who recruited a lot of those players and did an impressive job at MSU is still at MSU.
    • Bob Stoops apparently turned down overtures for a third time.
    • December 11, 2011, Will Muschamp named coach of Gators.
    • January 2, 2011 it is announced that Charlie Weis will be the Gators’ new offensive coordinator, making this the second school Weis was brought to after Meyer rejected it.
    • January 2011, Meyer joins ESPN’s team, allowing him to be available for any openings that may come about.
    • May 30, 2011, Jim Tressel resigns from OSU.
    • June 23, 2011, it is announced that Meyer will team with former Ohio State player Chris Spielman and be part of the Big Ten team.

    In my view, it’s pretty obvious what happened. Florida was reeling in 2004. Their legendary coach, Steve Spurrier, up and left suddenly after the 2001 season. Having missed the main hiring window, Florida scrambled and hired Ron Zook.

    Zook was extremely unpopular. Why ? Oh, his incompetence as a coach spoke for itself. He inherited a national powerhouse of a program and his high water mark was an 8-5 record, first place tie in his division and an Outback Bowl loss. Obviously, after almost 3 years of this he was turfed.

    However, he was disliked the moment his hiring was announced and websites went up demanding his firing within 24 hours of his hiring. Here is a guy who had been Spurrier’s defensive coordinator and then was demoted to special teams. Read that again. He was demoted to special teams. Demoted. That means he was told he was having duties removed. Rather than tell them to go to hell and look for defensive coordinator job at another school, he accepted it. Sure, towel boy at Florida probably pays better than some coaching positions around the nation, but it spoke volumes about him. Needless to say, when it was announced he was the new head coach at Florida, there was a collective “WTF?” amongst fans.

    Anyhow, 2004 rolls around. Rumors of Spurrier’s return surfaced. It was said he should interview. Some fans did not like that idea. They felt he should be handed the job and that Jeremy Foley, Florida’s Athletic Director, was being petty. The way I saw it was, Spurrier bailed on them, leaving them in a bind. He said he was burnt out at the time. He already was known as a guy who wasn’t too serious about coaching, relying on Florida’s natural talent and preferring to spend his time golfing. His way worked early in the SEC when he could simply “out talent” everyone; by the end of his stint, the league had caught up. He went to the NFL and realized he couldn’t get away with that.

    So, Florida’s position opened. The AD wanted the man who never was a committed coach to interview. Fans thought this was ridiculous. I liken it to the following; your wife/girlfriend leaves you. Says she’s burnt out, needs a change. You both date someone else. You are single, she finds out you’re looking and wants to come back. Are you just going to take her back because she’s available ? I would hope there’d be some serious discussions as to her commitment. That might seem like a crazy comparison but Spurrier is a Florida graduate, a legendary player turned legendary coach. He WAS Florida. So when Mr Florida walks away from his school, you’d damn well better quiz him if he wants to return. Anyhow, rumor has it Spurrier was pissed and took his name out of the hat then went to a rival school.

    Another coach explored was Bob Stoops, of Oklahoma. Stoops was the DC for Spurrier when Florida won the national title in 1996. He made his name at Florida. He was an obvious choice. He turned them down in 2002. Turned them down in 2004 and apparently turned them down again in 2010. Weird. Yes, Oklahoma has Texas to dip into for talent, but Florida has a backyard full of talent. He had a chance to go to one of the marquee schools in THE marquee conference with the most TV exposure and the richest talent pool in the country. Why on earth would he turn that down, especially after over 10 years at one school ? Perhaps there’s something at Florida, something he saw firsthand when he was an assistant, that has made him decide tornado land it way better than Florida. I’ll get to that.

    So it’s 2004. Florida hires Bernie Machen as president, away from Utah. As the 2004 season comes to a close, Machen’s old school is making noise. Utah, this small program, is killing everything. It’s led by this young coach named Urban Meyer, a catholic guy in Mormon land, who is running some new fangled offense he calls the Spread Option. He didn’t actually create it, but he tweaked it and made it his foundation. Eventually Utah goes undefeated and gets a BCS bowl berth. Meyer is the hottest name in the coaching ranks since….well, I honestly can’t remember a coach being so in demand.

    During Meyer’s ascension, it is learned that Notre Dame is his dream job. THE job for him. He’s a Midwestern guy. He has ties to Notre Dame. Notre Dame is just putting the finishing touches on a disaster of a season and release their coach. So, Urban Meyer is headed to his ultimate dream job at Notre Dame right ?

    Wrong. Florida swoops in and magically secures Meyer’s services. How ? Well, for one, Florida’s new president Bernie Machen is the guy who hired Meyer at Utah. Florida obviously needed a huge splash after the Zook disaster and this time they needed someone with head coaching experience on the way up.

    It’s still a mystery how they managed to coax him into choosing Florida over Notre Dame but there are a few obvious reasons. One of the reasons Meyer would later cite as a reason for retiring was missing his kids growing up. Well, coaching at Notre Dame, with no local talent pool AND strict academics, Meyer would have to spend pretty much all year on the road recruiting. At Florida, he can just hop in a car most of the time. So, coming to Florida means he could stay around his kids more.

    So, if Meyer was to take his offense to Florida and run it with that talent base, big things would happen. Florida HAD to make a bang. And they did. In 6 years, Florida won two BCS titles. They are the only school to win 2. Meyer is one of two coaches to win two. Nick Saban is the other but he did it at two different schools.

    However, one of the ugly pock marks on Meyer’s tenure is Florida’s arrest record. Over 30 arrests in 5 years. To me it’s not THAT big of a deal. The overwhelming majority of it is college kids being kids – beer in public, that kind of thing. Not to mention, a person has to think about where they are. Regions are different. States are different. Cities are different. Hell, counties are different. What I am saying is, do you think the police in Alucha County Gainesville, which is northern Florida, polices the same way as the police in, say Dade county Miami, which is on the southernmost tip of the US, would ? Do you think the police in Gainesville face the same challenges as those in Miami ? Do you think the police in Miami worry about the same things they do in northern Florida ? Of course not. To say that would suggest that the police in Kansas face the same challenges as those in LA, Phoenix etc. The majority of trouble in Gainesville is bored college kids trying to make excitement; in Miami there is actual gang violence, drug trafficking rings etc. There’s a reason Scarface made a point of emphasizing where and what Miami is. So, no, I do not worry about Florida’s arrest record because the police there target the things most other cities can’t be bothered with. However, make no mistake, I truly believe Meyer was given a “no matter what” mandate to win.

    Now, I don’t believe Meyer ever really wanted to go to Florida. Meyer being a staunch catholic, he was as out of place in Florida as he was in Utah. But, Florida was an opportunity for him.

    It is obvious Florida was never going to be a long term destination for him, that it was only a mutual agreement of “I’ll stay long enough to win and cement my name, and you’ll get a lot of money out of it” once he found out how things really work at Florida.

    I believe he was slowly stripped of his power by the power brokers aka the boosters. Meyer needs a certain type of quarterback to run his offense. He recruited Cam Newton in 2006. Newton was bigger, faster and more fundamentally sound than Tim Tebow. By every indication, he was the future of football. The future that a Mike Vick or Vince Young never became. Then, out of nowhere at the last minute they secured a commitment from another highly rated QB named John Brantley. Brantley decomitted from Texas. Brantley is the son of John Brantley, nephew of Scott Brantley. The Brantley family is a Florida legacy. People were excited and a lot overlooked the obvious but some of us caught it and wondered – “wait a second. Brantley went out of his way to choose Texas because he is a pocket passer and wanted to start. He chose Texas because Meyer runs an offense that is the complete opposite of his skill set. Is Florida wasting a scholarship on this kid ? He’s a 5 star recruit so surely he doesn’t expect to sit on the bench and just be a backup. But Florida runs the spread and has Newton. Why is the 5 star recruit choosing to go to a school he’ll never play at ? Just because that’s where his family went?”

    Right there is where it should have been obvious; Meyer didn’t recruit Brantley. Meyer was made to take Brantley. So in 2007 Cam Newton is the backup. He saw some time, but Meyer left Tebow to win the Heisman and to run his offense how it should be run. However, Newton saw some action and showed us glimpses of what to expect, so much so that some of us were left to say “we don’t really want Tebow to leave but damn this Newton kid will be better than Tebow”

    Then, mysteriously, in 2008, Newton and Brantley are somehow tied for the #2 job, when Newton “hurts his ankle” allowing Brantley to ascend to #2. In spite of Tebow suffering injuries from being left in too long during the 2008 season, Meyer still rarely pulls Tebow from games already in hand, not allowing Brantley much time.

    During the run to the BCS title game in 2008, after having just won the SEC title, at almost the exact same time the following two announcements came within HOURS of each other:
    1. Offensive Coordinator Dan Mullen is going to be the next head coach as Mississippi State.
    2. Urban Meyer says Notre Dame is still his dream job.

    Um, what ? During a title run ? Meyer is a calculating man; there was clearly a motive behind that. So, with Meyer seemingly letting people know he’s already thinking about leaving, why wouldn’t Mullen stick around to assume control of the team he helped build ? Meh, probably a coincidence.

    January 5 Cam Newton announces he is leaving Florida. January 8 Florida wins BCS title vs Oklahoma. January 11 Tim Tebow announces he is returning to try for a repeat.

    So now we’re into 2009. Florida hasn’t recruited a QB suited to Meyer’s talents. They sign one in 2009. One. The primary backup is now Brantley, a guy whose skill set is the complete opposite of the system in place.

    During the course of the year, Florida’s offense struggles. It is believed they are playing to not lose, rather than playing to win. During the year, Meyer withers away, and looks….ill.

    On Boxing Day 2009 Meyer announces his resignation. The next day he announces he’s changed his mind and will take a leave of absence. Meyer hires an NFL guy as a DC, closes out the recruiting class, which is heavy on defensive players, the DC then leaves to go to the NFL, then Meyer vanishes, avoiding most of his public appearances and media obligations, the very things that are part of his salary.

    What makes it fishy is Notre Dame had just fired Charlie Weis and hired Brian Kelly. Meyer missed his dream job because he was coaching elsewhere.

    In the spring of 2010 Jeremy Fowler, the local beat guy, publishes a story where underachieving Deonte Thompson more or less blames Meyer’s offense, plus Tebow’s style, for his inability to live up to his ratings by stating that John Brantley is a “real quarterback.” Urban Meyer flips out at Fowler for this. Fans who’d worried that Meyer lost his fire are relieved. Shortly thereafter Jeremy Fowler is promoted to the NFL beat. The whole thing seemed like a WWE style work, where everyone wins – Brantley gets some props form the player, the underachieving player gets an excuse, Meyer gets to look committed to Florida, and Fowler, long considered a sycophant, now gets to appear as a hard hitting objective sports writer.
    It is discovered in June 2010 that Meyer has not signed the extension proposed in 2008, and announced in 2009. Florida management tries to dismiss this as common. Myself, I found it more proof that he didn’t want to be there.

    At the end of the 2010 season, Meyer resigns again for good and later joins ESPN. The Big Ten is home to Ohio State. Meyer was born in Ohio. He earned his undergrad degree at Cincinnati. He earned his graduate degree at Ohio State. He got his coaching start at Ohio State. Urban Meyer IS Ohio State. In May, legendary coach Jim Tressel is canned from Ohio State due to scandal. His replacement, Luke Fickell, is announced as INTERIM coach. We then find out Meyer is part of ESPN’s Big Ten team. Oh and by the way, Ohio State is one of the teams Meyer told everyone his wife has no veto power over should he be in line for the job. So, now Meyer is merely sitting in a tv studio, not tied to a team coaching, available at any time, should Ohio State, one of his dream schools his wife has no veto power over, being coached by an INTERIM coach, decide that he is just an interim coach and be in need of a permanent coach for 2012.

    The closer you look at the chain of events, the more obvious it is.

    Where am I going with all of this ? Well, I am torn on whether or not Meyer ever really wanted Florida, but the one thing I am certain of is that he got tired of Florida’s power mongers very quickly. Remember, John Brantley’s family are boosters but he does not fit Meyer’s scheme. Pretty obvious Meyer was made to take him. Then Newton, who was born to play Meyer’s offense, mysteriously regresses and Brantley catches up to him on the depth chart ? Newton eventually left the school of course. During his amazing run at Auburn, some reasons were tossed around, such as he didn’t want to wait behind Tebow. Problem is, he announced his departure before Tebow announced his return (and of course he didn’t just decide all in one second he was leaving; it must have been a long time coming). Now, you can say it was known Tebow was coming back inside Gators headquarters. Ok, so it must have been known Meyer was thinking about leaving right? Mullen would have known this ? Why didn’t Mullen stick around to take Meyer’s position ? Could it be that he was going to have to work with a QB that doesn’t fit his system, that an ill-suited QB was being FORCED upon the staff ?

    The other problem with that is NCAA rules required Newton to sit out a year or play at a community college. He chose community college and returned to the big leagues in 2010. Tebow was already in the NFL then. So, he had to wait until 2010 to play in the big leagues anyway, somewhat poking a hole through the “didn’t want to wait” story.

    During the course of the season, as Newton was becoming the Heisman favourite and, possible #1 overall draft pick and Auburn on the way to a title, more info started leaking, like Newton was going to be expelled from Florida for cheating on tests so he left before that could happen. He had bought a stolen laptop and gotten in trouble for that. All of this info came out as Newton, the former Gator, was excelling at Auburn in the spread option while Florida was tanking with the QB ill-suited to run the spread was tanking. Sure looks like Florida insiders were trying to protect their decision any way possible. Oh, and there was the story that Newton’s father asked Mississippi State for $150k for Newton to go there. Personally I think it wasn’t so much wanting to get paid as it was Auburn has national power potential and Mississippi State has been an outpost and it was more of a “you want my son to forgo national prominence to play in no man’s land ?”

    So, in spite of all the other players getting in trouble at Florida, cheating on tests in the breaking point. Oh, and cheating on tests for football players is a no no at a football factory? When did this happen ? Now, in spite of all of this evil by Newton, Dan Mullen, former OC at Florida, wanted Newton.

    Of course, then Meyer resigned for good. STILL Dan Mullen did not go to Florida to take the job. Why ? Was he not offered ? Why not ? Last time they chose a head coach with no experience it was a mess. They had a team full of players recruited for Meyer’s offense which Mullen built. They opted for Will Muschamp, a defensive coach who was a real up and comer. He then hired Charlie Weis as his offensive coordinator. The same Charlie Weis who was Notre Dame’s Plan B when Meyer rejected them in 2004 is now Florida’s Plan B since Meyer rejected Florida.

    Just looking on the surface, it seems like nobody wants to deal with meddlesome boosters. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I am partially right and there is much more to it than that.

    Basically, what I am saying is that it seems like the coaches at Florida rarely get to be coaches for long, before they become administrators of the boosters’ whims.

    In 2009, Meyer said he’d be the coach at Florida as long as they’d have him. Some viewed it as him being happy there. Others viewed it as a backtrack on his “dream job” comments in 2008. Me, I viewed at as him cleverly saying “Me, I want to be the coach here as long as they’ll actually let ME be the COACH”

    Think about it – Urban Meyer himself became a lame duck coach, through no fault of his own.

    • OrangAndBlueVictorious says:

      Does this come in cliffs notes?

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Your post could have been half the size if you weren’t redundant in listing your opinions multiple times on each point you were making, just phrasing it slightly differently.

      quite a few things wrong with your assumptions

      It has been debunked in multiple places, including here that Machen had anything to do with Meyer’s hiring.

      You neglect to mention that Newton is caught with stolen property. And yes, criminal activity is different than academic fraud. He was about to get kicked out for cheating by the Student Affairs/Conduct code violation. This has nothing to do with athletic consequences.

      there was not a huge buyout in Meyer’s contract. There is no reason he couldn’t have left for ND or for OSU when the jobs were open if he wanted to.

      You make a whole lot of logical leaps in your assumptions with absolutely no facts to back them up. Simply listing the chain of events first doesn’t validate your “I believe” and the like comments as you have no information whatsoever as to what happened with UFs “power brokers” or Urban or Shelley’s thoughts. You make a completely factless post sound very plausible, yet that is just it. devoid of any factual basis.

    • Daniel M. says:

      Rambling trolling nonsense. Hell no I didn’t read that.

  13. me says:

    Ken – as mentioned, it was 2011. Information was still coming out at that time and after.

    Daniel – how is it trolling?

  14. merkava18 says:

    Sorry, late to the party. Urban Cryer may be a great coach, but he’s on a level with Nick Satan, ask any Dolphan or LSU Tiger. Zook was an execrable coach but great recruiter. Cryer took his recruits ran the table with the, chased Cam Newton away due to man love for Timmy (the B@$t@rd!). Then he cracks up twice and had to spend time healing his relationship with his family at ESPN (a/k/a worldwide leader in pr**ks). Meyer and his “Circle of Trust” putting up with Aaron Hernandez and Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes pot use on and on. They can have him. BTW, I wish Mac the best but Dabo Sweeney would have been a better and less expensive pick, with deep roots in the south, good coaches and offensive mind

  15. me says:

    Lol. You think Meyer wanted Brantley over Newton?

    Aren’t we a little past the “zook’s players” thing; Meyer has more than established himself as an all time great. He never “ran the table” at Florida.

    However, how about this – he ran the table with Tressel’s and Fickell’s players, then two years later won a national championship with his own players, piloted by his THIRD STRING qb.

    That is great coaching

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