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Meyer's Gators spun wildly out of control


08:17 AM ET 04.10 | With Urban Meyer back in college football, so, too are his critics. It was Meyer who declared the Florida program "broken" at the end of his last regular season game in Gainesville in November of 2010. But why was it broken? "Over the last two years he was there," one former player said, "the players had taken complete control of the team." Only now, through interviews with multiple sources during a three-month Sporting News investigation, do we see just how damaged the infrastructure really was and how much repair work second-year coach Will Muschamp has had to undertake in replacing Meyer. ... "The program," former Florida safety Bryan Thomas said, "was out of control."

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April 10, 2012  08:57 AM ET

3 years ago, Matt Hayes was on his knees around Meyer (in more ways than one). Her's some examples.

Matt Hayes -
Jul 13, 2009

- No wonder Meyer has overtaken USC's Pete Carroll as the game's best coach. A brief list of why Meyer is the hottest coach in college football:

- His teams at Florida have won two of the last three BCS national championships, and they're the clear favorites this fall to make it three of four.

- His university president has publicly stated, in these trying economic times, that Meyer should be the highest-paid coach in the game.

- His best players on offense and defense -- quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes -- chose to return for their senior seasons instead of succumbing to the green and greed of the NFL.

- If it weren't for that pesky problem his players have with the law (24 arrested in his four seasons), Meyer might just be as popular as Tebow.

A lot of unnamed sources and supposed events that happened a while back. Meyer has stated that he has some regrets for the way he handled some things but this article reeks of butt-hurt. Strange how things change when your favorite goes elsewhere.

April 10, 2012  09:03 AM ET


That just kills me.

April 10, 2012  09:06 AM ET

UF did take a significant downturn during Meyer's last year the following. How much of the downturn did he contribute to; how much was natural ebb and flow; and how much can be put on Muschamp? Gator homers, we await your take!

April 10, 2012  09:11 AM ET

All of the Ohio State haters can stop salivating. The same will not happen in Columbus. It can't and it won't.

LOL. Wishful thinking.

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April 10, 2012  09:18 AM ET

It's ironic that Notre Dame is still referred to as "The Fighting Irish" when there hasn't been much fight in them at all for quite a while.

Wasn't this a thread about Urban Meyer and the Florida team?

April 10, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Too many in jail, do they have a large correction facility there in Ohio? Gonna need one.

From the current trend, head coaches are going to have to give up a couple of coaches in order to hire an attorney and bail bondsman...and that's seems like it is everywhere, not just UF.

...and in some cases, to bail out and defend the coaching staff!

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April 10, 2012  09:24 AM ET

??????????Wasn't this a thread about Urban Meyer and the Florida team?

Yes, but a Fighting Irish guy posted a picture that makes fun of Urban... thereby opening up the rebuttal phase of posting that in Article 3, section 14, subsection aa states and I quote, "When a fan of one team makes fun of another fan's team, said fan of the team being made fun of is at liberty to then take shots at the original fan's team". It says it right there in the "Rules of Posting (Updated 1/3/2007)

April 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Meyer appeared to be a sick man in his last two seasons, emotionally and physically exhausted.
In that condition, it is not a total surprise that the team was undisciplined, since the Assistant Coaches didn't know what their future would be and were not eager to step forward to try to control the situation.
Based on the team's arrest record over Meyer's time as HC at Florida, the players were not kept on a tight rein even earlier (you can't recruit in the SEC if you plan to keep the players in tight control), and the organization fell apart once Meyer took ill.
Now we will see if Meyer has stabilized and if he is willing to exert control over his team. If the tOSU players start showing up too frequently in the police blotters then we know where the program is headed.

April 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET

I am not an OSU hater. You are just blind to believe that something "can't" and "won't" happen just because it would be unpleasant.

Meyer fostered a loose culture and has now taken a head coach position at a place that is coming out of a loose culture. If you cannot see that this is a recipe for trouble if not outright disaster then you just are not very good at predicting things.

April 10, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Well, we've got Sea Lawyers, and now we have Posting Lawyers.
God help us!


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