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Urban Meyer speaks out on Aaron Hernandez's time as Gator

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10:34 AM ET 07.06 | Until this morning, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had kept his thoughts to himself regarding accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, whom he coached for three years at Florida. But he said there have been several inaccurate reports relating to how Hernandez was dealt with during that time, and he sent a text to The Dispatch to set some of the record straight. Hernandez, drafted in 2010 by the NFL New England Patriots for whom he played the past three seasons, now stands accused of murder in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd three weeks ago near Hernandez' home in North Attleborough, Mass. "Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," Meyer texted. "Relating or blaming these serious charges to theUniversityof Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible." Meyer indicated his text was prompted by some inaccuracies which have swirled about Hernandez' treatment while a player at Florida. "I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by UniversityofFlorida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true," Meyer texted. "Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player." Some critics have labeled Meyer "an enabler" for the way he handled Hernandez during those years. "He was an athlete at Florida 4 -7 yrs ago and there are some comments being made that are not correct," Meyer's text continued. "Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him."

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July 6, 2013  10:53 AM ET

HA! Beat you to the punch on this one, Mods. See #11 previous thread.

NINJA'D A MOD! WHOO-HOO!

July 6, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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HA! Beat you to the punch on this one, Mods. See #11 previous thread.NINJA'D A MOD! WHOO-HOO!

(Recording #1 just in case RoboMod gets vindictive)

July 6, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Would really like Gator fans to give some background history on the A. Hernandez/UFM days at Florida. Was Urbie trying to do the right thing with AH? Was the Urbanator an enabler? Or was Hernandez simply a bad boy bent on his own self-destruction?

July 6, 2013  11:03 AM ET

Query Quad.

July 6, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Would really like Gator fans to give some background history on the A. Hernandez/UFM days at Florida. Was Urbie trying to do the right thing with AH? Was the Urbanator an enabler? Or was Hernandez simply a bad boy bent on his own self-destruction?

Good comment!! For some reason, I don't think UM is telling us the "whole" story, about his recruiting of Hernandez!!! UM, knew what kind of kid Aaron was in high school and the trouble he got into, while attending Florida!!! There's more to this story, then UM is telling us!!
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"Tim Tebow attempted to keep Aaron Hernandez out of trouble during a 2007 bar squabble while both were playing at the University of Florida, but not even the mild-mannered, Bible-toting quarterback could keep the hot-headed tight end from slugging a Gainesville, Fla., bouncer and puncturing his ear drum".

July 6, 2013  11:35 AM ET

For those who think meyer somehow is "responsible" for this, what about Bill Belichick? I personally believe hernandez is responsible for his own actions, just wondering why super bill is getting a free pass amongst those who would blame urban.

July 6, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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For those who think meyer somehow is "responsible" for this, what about Bill Belichick? I personally believe hernandez is responsible for his own actions, just wondering why super bill is getting a free pass amongst those who would blame urban.

This article is about UM and what he knew, while recruiting Hernandez while in high school. It's pretty hard to think that, UM didn't know that Aaron was a trouble maker in hign school. Also, UM knew that Aaron had his problems at Florida and IMO, he turned his head on several occassions. Now Bill Belichick and the Pats are a completely different story, they took a chance on Aaron and believe me, they knew he was a trouble maker in high school and at Florida. Florida and the Pats, should have checked Aaron's police record, before they made their decision, to take him on as a football player. Just my opinion.

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July 6, 2013  01:00 PM ET

First he has his wife and daughter on twitter talking about how Hernandez needed to take personal responsibility and now he pretty much says the same thing. Facts are stronger than twitter, and the facts show that he covered up bar room brawls among other infractions by his player. Yes, he was an enabler and he should take personal responsibility for putting football above mentoring.

July 6, 2013  01:06 PM ET
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For those who think meyer somehow is "responsible" for this, what about Bill Belichick? I personally believe hernandez is responsible for his own actions, just wondering why super bill is getting a free pass amongst those who would blame urban.

LOL..why we're at it what about his HS coach, how about his grade school teachers, or even his parents..someone has to be responsible for this grown man's actions.

July 6, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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LOL..why we're at it what about his HS coach, how about his grade school teachers, or even his parents..someone has to be responsible for this grown man's actions.

This ^^^^^^ I mean, it's not like AH is responsible.

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July 6, 2013  02:18 PM ET
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So DS, are you saying you want the star or the stripes?

July 6, 2013  02:47 PM ET

I told you guys Urban wasn't all that great of a guy.

July 6, 2013  02:53 PM ET

Urban is a tool.

July 6, 2013  03:09 PM ET
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I told you guys Urban wasn't all that great of a guy.

That you did.

July 6, 2013  03:20 PM ET

I think the whole point hear is if AH received "preferential treatment". More than likely he did receive some special "mentoring" as Urban admits.

The bigger issue would be if any of this "treatment" or "mentoring" stepped outside of the bounds of the NCAA rule book.

Personally, I doubt it but this is the point, I believe, all of this questioning is about.

FYI -- Percy Harvin was and is not an angel either.

July 6, 2013  03:30 PM ET

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press consistently says . . . it is #1 the talent level but also #2 the SEC's (and OSU btw) willingness to test the borders of the NCAA rule book and "look the other way" with these high level talented athletes that allow them to consistently recruit and be National Championship contenders.

Hernandez and Harvin are two examples at Florida. Maurice Clarett and Terrell Pryor two examples at OSU.

This, Sharp contends, is why MSU and Michigan will not raise to the level of these other programs.

I'm not sayin' . . . I'm just sayin'.

July 6, 2013  04:24 PM ET

First, Urban keeping his thoughts to himself is laughable. Normally the guy will not shut up. He was a hired gun that lead UF to championships. That makes him no different than any other D1 coach. Think character counts? Ask Auburn. Ask FSU during the bobbling Bobby winning years.
Pick a school and it is win at any cost.

 
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