Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The "Urban Meyer screwed Florida" meme is full steam ahead.

Urban Meyer, back in the day.
Need a break from Petrino-palooza? Well luckily for you a new meme regarding Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and his former employer Florida is generating attention right now. The Sporting News' Matt Hayes reports that Meyer trash-talked about Florida to highly sought after high school wide receiver Stefon Diggs (who eventually signed with Maryland).

"Multiple sources told Sporting News that Meyer—who won two national championships in six years at Florida and cemented his legacy as one of the game’s greatest coaches—told the Diggs family that he wouldn’t let his son go to Florida because of significant character issues in the locker room. 

Character issues that we now know were fueled by a culture Meyer created. Character issues that gutted what was four years earlier the most powerful program in college football." ( Emphasis  mine)

Hayes goes on to contrast  Meyer's well-crafted public persona during his final two years as Gator HC with that of the torrid reality of a program gone amok. It includes an incident in 2008 where wideout Percy Harvin and two other players were on the sidelines for a game against Hawaii purportedly due to injuries. In reality, the three had all failed drug tests, and Meyer lied about it.

This all of course leads in to explaining why the wheels have fallen off the Florida victory wagon since former quarterback Tim Tebow graduated in 2009. It pretty much has Meyer jumping off an alledegly sinking ship at Florida, leaving his successor, current Gator HC Will Muschamp, holding the bag.

The story has gained a lot of attention the past couple of days, from self-aggrandizing "I told you so's" from Mike Bianchi, to comparisons of Meyer's alleged "Circle of Trust"  to former Ole Miss HC Houston Nutt's "Circle of Excellence" to a shameless parody of The Sporting News article from EDSBS.

Naturally, things can only go downhill from here, as pundits and bloggers line up to get their two cents and a couple of cheap shots in. It probably won't hurt Meyer at Ohio State, but Florida is going to come out looking bad no matter how you try to spin it.

(via The Sporting News, The Belly of the Beast, EDSBS, The Orlando Sentinel)

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