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Meyer: College football full of 'garbage'

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10:53 AM ET 02.12 | Urban Meyer thinks college football is full of "garbage." And given the 31 arrests at Florida under Meyer's watch, he ought to know. In a recent interview with 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis, however, Meyer indicated that college football's "garbage" extracurricular activities had worn him thin.

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February 12, 2011  11:09 AM ET

Why didn't he said this when he was the coach at Florida??

February 12, 2011  11:11 AM ET

Good to see that Meyer had the stones to leave it all behind.

February 12, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why didn't he *said this when he was the coach at Florida??

*Say

February 12, 2011  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good to see that Meyer had the stones to leave it all behind.

IMO, he will be back to coaching in college in two or three years!!

February 12, 2011  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why didn't he said this when he was the coach at Florida??

never bite the hand that feeds you...

February 12, 2011  11:35 AM ET

This is an interesting statement. If it's garbage, then he was a big part of it. I've got to let this sink in a little but for some one who was in a position to make a difference, it doesn't seem like he did. Of course, maybe there would have been more than 31 arrests if he wasn't trying to make a difference.

Based on his actions and words, he should have left a year ago and I lose a little more respect for him after a statement like this. Hopefully, I'm taking this out of context.

February 12, 2011  11:39 AM ET

He should have took Notre Dame's offer,, his stress level would still be through the roof but maybe he would not be so bitter towards the sport, or am i missing something here?

February 12, 2011  11:40 AM ET

We all know it's a dirty business and getting dirtier by the day. Urban hasn't said anything terribly revealing here. It's clear, however, that other than superficial punishments, the NCAA is either unwilling, or is POWERLESS to change the status quo.

February 12, 2011  11:41 AM ET

You may take they out of the hood but the hood follows them to collage.

February 12, 2011  11:43 AM ET
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You may take they out of the hood but the hood follows them to collage.

Ha ha ha..

February 12, 2011  11:48 AM ET

I wonder if coach Meyer will express such views when working with the college game day crew.
This could be a good thing.

February 12, 2011  11:50 AM ET
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I think he'll be back too. Don't know if its that soon though. I think he got tired of the cesspool that is CFB and doesn't like playing the kinds of game you have to play to compete.

I agree. It definitely takes a special type of person to talk to 17 and 18 year olds and try and convince them to come to your school. I don't think I could do it.

February 12, 2011  11:51 AM ET

One less enabler, this year Urbie!

February 12, 2011  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why didn't he said this when he was the coach at Florida??

I have a feeling he did. Just in private.

February 12, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I have a feeling he did. Just in private.

The voices in his head don't count....

February 12, 2011  11:56 AM ET

This is quite an indictment of CFB from one of its highest profile coaches. Now that he is in the clear, why does he not come a little cleaner and tell us what specific "garbage" he is talking about? I am sure NCAA would like to know about the refuse of which he speaks.

One last thought parallelling many of the others expressed here, if it is full of garbage, does that make him a garbage man if he picked it up or cleaned it out?

February 12, 2011  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I have a feeling he did. Just in private.

you might be right King, because there is nothing to be gained by Florida when you speak publicly about other people's dirty laundry, but other coaches have spoken out. Jim Harbaugh comes to mind, when he made the comments about USC and Michigan.
Now that he is no longer confined by his duty to Univ of Florida he should come forward (clean) to the NCAA.

February 12, 2011  12:03 PM ET

Garbage Extracurricular activities could mean a whole lot of things other than the players themselves..Could be commercial responsibilities placed on a program, could be the NCAA double standards rules (Bush, Newton, Green, UNC et al).. If he comes back , perhaps it'll be at a smaller school, lower division. Just some thoughts

February 12, 2011  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good to see that Meyer had the stones to leave it all behind.

I hope you're being sarcastic. He's as unscrupulous as they come. If there's "garbage" in CFB, then Urban was riding shotgun in the garbage truck...picking it up and sending his fair share to Gainesville.

 
February 12, 2011  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why didn't he said this when he was the coach at Florida??

... because he was garbage too:)

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