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Urban to reporter: 'You're a bad guy, man'

As noted in the post directly below this one, Urban Meyer went bats— crazy on a reporter following Florida’s spring practice session this afternoon/evening.

The reporter was Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel, whose only “crime” in our eyes was quoting wide receiver Deonte Thompson accurately when it came to the differences between Tim Tebow and John Brantley.  In Meyer’s eyes, however, Fowler was a straight-up puppy kicker.

Here’s part of Fowler’s account of the day’s “festivities”:

Players were not available after practice, but instead of coming to field questions about the workout, Meyer singled me out.

He was coming to defend Thompson.

He was coming to tell me I’m a “bad guy.”

“You’ll be out of practice — you understand that? — if you do that again,” Meyer said. “I told you five years ago: Don’t mess with our players. Don’t do it. You did it. You do it one more time and the Orlando Sentinel’s not welcome here ever again. Is that clear? It’s yes or no.” (finger pointing toward the face)

“Urban, come on. Don’t make any threats,” I said. “That’s fine. I’ll play by rules. But all I was doing is quoting the guy. I don’t think I was the only one.”

“You’re a bad guy, man,” Meyer said. “You’re a bad guy.”

After Meyer then made the comment about what he would do if Thompson was his son, he walked away and embraced his daughter, Nicki, about 20 yards away before they both turned in our direction and Meyer pointed toward me.

This story is already out there, so I just figured I’d present my side. Coaches get mad, so they approach reporters about it. I get that. A reporter’s probably not doing his or her job without getting blasted once in awhile.

But maybe Meyer felt like making a statement. Considering a guy who is trying to suppress his stress level, his doctors probably would have frowned on today’s incident.

(Joe Tait on Fowler’s last sentence in that clip? “Wham with the right hand!!!)

Incidentally, there is reportedly video of the exchange, but we’ve yet to get our hands/eyes on it. Needless to say, that clip will go into the Mike Gundy Wing of the Jim Mora/Denny Green Coaching Outburst Hall of Fame.

And if anyone finds it, feel free to shoot it our way.  Immediately.  Like, yesterday.

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  1. Deb says: Mar 24, 2010 10:48 PM

    Urban’s going to ban the Orlando Sentinel? The Orlando Sentinel that worships the ground Gators slink upon? Because a Sentinel reporter accurately quoted a Gators receiver? Making an offhand and somewhat derogatory comment about a FORMER Gators QB while also complimenting the CURRENT QB?
    Someone get this guy an Ambien. He really needs some sleep. Or something.

  2. rolltide says: Mar 24, 2010 11:32 PM

    John,
    You’re not allowed to sleep until you find that video.

  3. josecanseco says: Mar 24, 2010 11:37 PM

    its good to see that his daughter got her dad back. what a dick.

  4. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 24, 2010 11:38 PM

    Deb,
    Why don’t you go back and make your like 1000 post on the PFT blog in support of Roethlisberger’s and his recent behavior.
    I find it amusing that you would have anything to say about anyone after reading your blind allegiance to that guy!
    I don’t neccessarily think he is guilty of what he was accused of….but you can’t deny that he is just an incredibly selfish, arrogant and nasty human being and not someone to hold up in any high regard; like you do.
    As a matter of fact…with all your posturing about Meyer…how could you possibly want someone like Roethlisberger to be the face of your team….
    And as much as you try to act as if you can seperate yourself from a situation and not “act” like a fan…your just as blindly allegiant to your team and will excuse or make excuses for poor or boorish behavior just like the rest of us if it means your team has a better chance of winning!!!

  5. SolidMarine says: Mar 25, 2010 12:43 AM

    Here’s the video
    http://www.onlygators.com/03/24/2010/urban-meyer-goes-off-on-reporter-after-practice/

  6. shaunypoo says: Mar 25, 2010 7:37 AM

    Dude is going to blow a valve one of these days. I guess next Urban will want to edit all of the articles about the Gators in all the national papers, too. I don’t see how he can blast a guy for doing his job, it seems like he accurately quoted a player. If anything, he needs to prep his players better on how to deal with the media, that would prepare them for life at the next level.

  7. SeaOtter says: Mar 25, 2010 7:58 AM

    The transformation is complete – Urban Meyer has now become Nick Saban. This is the problem with the cult of celebrity that surrounds college athletics. Guys like Urban Meyer, who would otherwise be teaching high school geography, develop this outsized sense of power and entitlement that bear no resemblance to reality. I hope his A.D. forces an apology, although I won’t hold my breath.

  8. Ben says: Mar 25, 2010 8:30 AM

    He needs to calm down before he has a stroke…so much for the new approach…urban the crier and liar…

  9. bradleygator says: Mar 25, 2010 9:31 AM

    You know what I like about Urban? All the football games he wins. The rest of you, including the Orlando Sentinel, can go cry into each other’s arms about what a bad human being he is. There’s only one better coach, and he’s a bigger pr_ck than Urban. I wonder if that’s coincidence, or if there’s some correlation there?

  10. Pier588 says: Mar 25, 2010 10:21 AM

    GatorFan1,000,000,000 – did you click on the wrong link? This is a Gator related “college” football post on CFT. It’s not a Rothlesberger related chat room for you to to spill out your “feelings” for Big Ben.
    Deb is allowed her opinion on this site same as you, you’ve got no business attacking her about Rothlesberger in this thread. Unlike your tiny little, narrow minded “Gator related only” comments, Deb has plenty of intelligent things to say regarding many subjects.
    You appear to be unable to “seperate yourself from anything non-Gator related regardless of the content or situation” and now you’ve taken it to the ID-10-t stage. Your “blindly allegiant to your team and will excuse or make excuses for poor or boorish behavior whenever possible if it means your team has a better chance of winning!!!”

  11. Deb says: Mar 25, 2010 11:49 AM

    Thank you, Pier588. If Gatorfan1 had actually read my Roethlisberger posts, he would have seen me call out Ben many times for his reckless, selfish, immature behavior. I’m not 12 and not given to blind worship of athletes or coaches. My heroes aren’t in the sports arena and don’t include Ben Roethlisberger. I’ve spent as much time defending Tom Cable’s right to due process as I have Ben’s, and I’m anything but a Raiders fan.
    As for my comment about Urban, I was half teasing. But it’s not in the Gators’ best interest to ban the Orlando Sentinel from their press functions–especially not in these circumstances. No one seems to question that the reporter accurately quoted Thompson. Since when do you chew out reporters for ACCURATELY quoting players? I would think he’d save that venom for those who distort what players say.
    The Sentinel rabidly supports the Gators–especially Tebow–to a “gag me” degree. That paper is the last I’d expect to take a cheap shot. College football is a business. Urban was foolish to go off on such a staunch ally over something so petty.

  12. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:03 PM

    Pier588:
    The point of my blog was to make an analogy.
    Try looking up the word….YOU might actually learn something!!! Or not.

  13. frank booth says: Mar 25, 2010 1:06 PM

    Gatorfan1:
    Your analogy was pointless. What you were really doing was trying to obfuscate the point of the subject matter, which was Urban Meyer, by going after Deb and her alleged “blind allegiance” to Ben Roethlisberger (have any examples?) rather than addressing the issue of Meyer and his treatment of a reporter, who by all accounts only printed what the player said. It’s very possible and likely that Urban Meyer overreacted here, and even more likely that he is a douchebag.
    But at least his daughter has her daddy back.

  14. Deb says: Mar 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    The problem, Gatorfan1, is that your analogy was a poor one on two points.
    First, I’m not happy about many of the choices Roethlisberger has made as the face of my franchise, and when his legal issues are resolved, I expect him to make serious changes. I haven’t been defending his lifestyle; I’ve been vehemently defending his civil rights and the need to separate relevant case fact from neighborhood gossip.
    Second, in what you characterize as my “posturing” about Meyer, I’ve never suggested he was unfit to be the face of the Gators franchise. He’s a great coach. But I don’t like him. And I think he’s kinda weird and has done some weird things … like in this instance. So being a Bama fan, I come to CFT and take some shots at his weirdness … just like I’ve done with Kiffin, Miles, Spurrier, and other SEC coaches. It’s not personal.

  15. BrownsTown says: Mar 25, 2010 2:30 PM

    JT,
    NICE Joe Tait reference. Meyer never should have let Fowler past the timeline.
    Now excuse me while I enjoy some DiGiorno pizza for lunch.

  16. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Mar 25, 2010 2:38 PM

    Thanks for the clip Devil Dog

  17. frank booth says: Mar 25, 2010 3:20 PM

    Are you going to actually enjoy DiGiorno pizza, or just eat it?

  18. WingT says: Mar 25, 2010 3:40 PM

    Quick question. Does Urban Meyer have the authority to ban a reporter? Is it his ultimate authority to be able to do that?
    I’m just curious.

  19. ntea6 says: Mar 25, 2010 3:45 PM

    Here’s a portion of the video, albeit with an annoying truck-reversing-beeping sound at the beginning:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/uf-gators/sfl-urban-meyer-orlando-fowler-032410,0,3341325.story

  20. Gregjennings85 says: Mar 25, 2010 4:19 PM

    Gator fans:
    “The guy is a jerk and should continue to be if that wins football games.”
    _________________________________
    I’m glad we’re in agreement over the fact that Urban Meyer is a jerk.
    His, “health issue” last year was Florida choking down the stretch, and he simply need an out to provide him with a graceful exit to 2009. Mission accomplished.
    If you don’t realize that, you are either a Gator fan, or stupid, or as in most cases, both.

  21. Deb says: Mar 25, 2010 5:58 PM

    Okay, after seeing the film, it was much more Norman Bates than Jim Mora, Denny Green–or Bobby Knight. Urban was soft spoken … like Norman. “We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?”

  22. JFRESH says: Mar 25, 2010 7:08 PM

    This is easily the funniest article I’ve seen on either footballtalk

  23. Randall says: Mar 26, 2010 10:49 AM

    Herr Meyer needs to STFU, and if he doesn’t want his players accurately quoted, they need to STFU too. But seriously, Meyer’s boss needs to make an example here; Urban’s head is getting waaaaaay too big.

  24. Pier588 says: Mar 26, 2010 12:03 PM

    GaytorFlan1,000,000,000 – I see you’ve let out your clutch and engaged your personal DUMBA$$ quotient.
    You’re writing with your pen and head engaged in your forth point of contact – especially when one consideres this is a “Gator” related thread which you responded to with “Rothlesberger” comments.
    Learn this: everyone is entitled to their opinion; just because you don’t agree is no reason to go on the attack.
    And this: stay on point with your comments regarding what the thread is about; going off on Deb about Rothlesberger and PFT in this thread wasn’t on subject.
    And finally this: If you so despise the way Florio and JT do things at PFT and CFT – why are you still here posting?
    Which leads us back to the first sentence in this post.

  25. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 26, 2010 1:26 PM

    Pier588:
    Wow! Sounds like I hit a real nerve. Great!!
    I don’t care how many pseudonyms you print under (Deb, Frank Booth, Pier588) your not going to stop anyone, especially me from posting what they want.
    I used an analogy from another post to make a point. If that bothers you, and it makes someone look hypocritical & silly, tough.
    I will continue to post as I want to. It’s called freedom of speach!!
    If you’re worried about people looking inconsistent in their blogs & views; then they should make sure they’re not blogging on the same site in another area that’s easy to access and ridicule…..LMAO….

  26. twofbyc says: Mar 26, 2010 1:26 PM

    OK, lemme see…Urban is an asshole, everyone (including lizard fans) agrees.
    The reporter only quoted the exact truth, and did not even attempt to take it out of context, everyone (again, including the belly-crawlers) agrees.
    Urban has had how many of his players arrested in the last five years? Numbers, anyone? My last count was 25.
    I think that qualifies as being more than just an asshole…

  27. Deb says: Mar 26, 2010 3:51 PM

    Well, that’s the sad thing about you, Gatorfan1. You believe in free speech … but only when you’re doing the speaking. If people say something you don’t like, you attack the person rather than the comment–and by the most bizarre means possible, such as claiming multiple longtime CFT commenters are the same person using different names.
    As usual, when coming onto a board where EVERYONE is criticizing Meyer, the only person you chose to call out was me, and of course, you misrepresented my comments. What else is new? But here’s the thing: Even if you’d been correct in your assessment that I was blindly hero-worshipping Ben Roethlisberger while chopping off St. Urban at the knees … so what? The Steelers are my team. The Gators are not. As it happens, I’ve treated the accusation against Roethlisberger exactly as I treated accusations against Tom Cable, Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin, and other nonSteelers. I’ve just been more outspoken because he is a member of my team. But I am under no obligation to you or anyone else to present consistent, unbiased views when commenting on football blogs. And it’s silly to expect that I would.

  28. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 26, 2010 6:45 PM

    Deb or any number pseudonyms:
    What you accusing me of is exactly what you do. Attack the person and not the comment. That is your modus operandi.
    Go back and check original comments between us. You attacked me first in that manner.
    Put up all comments NOT just the ones that support you as you did last time!
    And you are absolutely correct. You are under no obligation to be consistent or unbiased. That’s my whole point, you try to always position yourself that way. Your no different than any of us, biased to our teams and positions.
    Many of your posts do make great points and are rather insightful & thought provoking, but there’s always a feeling that you think you just a little more clever and smarter than the rest of us, smarmy if you will.
    I might add also, that you’re not exactly the most generous person with your comments when someone disagrees with your point of view either, now are you?
    But thanks for finally admitting it! Now we can all move forward.

  29. Deb says: Mar 26, 2010 7:59 PM

    Gatorfan1 …
    You are a strange duck. Frank Booth and Pier588 have been on CFT as long or longer than both of us. Why you’ve suddenly decided they’re my aliases, I can’t imagine. I post more than enough as “Deb.” Don’t have time to post more. Good and bad, this is it.
    Frank and some of the others were much tougher on you in that first encounter than I was. But yes, I was snarky. There’s a difference between fencing and bludgeoning that you don’t seem to get, Gatorfan1. And there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed, which you’ve also failed to get. And it’s disturbing when a person channels all his venom in one direction even though he’s taking hits from several directions.
    But, yes, I’ve gotten out of line with people on these threads–though I don’t think you’re one of them–and have apologized. Have done a few mea culpas on the Ben threads (wrote one earlier today). Smarmy to me is some shifty guy kissing my hand (or our governor ;-) But I do understand what you’re saying. No, I don’t think I’m smarter than everyone else. We all have our gifts, and I’m able to articulate my thoughts in writing, quickly and succinctly. Unfortunately, sometimes that can make me sound, as I told someone on PFT the other day, like Mary Poppins schooling the children. Occupational hazard. I’ll try to eliminate the spoonful of sugar from my tone … even though it doesn’t seem to bother anyone else as much as it does you :-)

  30. frank booth says: Mar 26, 2010 9:49 PM

    Be calm, gatorfan1, be calm. I would ask you to pray me with me your lord’s prayer, which I already posted on another thread. Your kind, infallible savior will absolve you. Pray with me now:
    Our Urban, who art in Gainesville
    Tebow no poon-tang
    Thy recruits come
    criminal and dumb
    whilst Meyer chides the Sentinel
    Give Urban some serious bread
    and forgive the skipping of classes,
    as his players commit felonys against us,
    and lead us not into probation
    but lead the blind Gator sheeple
    Amen.
    Frank Booth
    Oh, and Deb- gatorfan1 accusing you of being me or Pier588 is just another form of trying to discredit and divert from the point. He’d sure make a crappy detective!

  31. Deb says: Mar 26, 2010 11:04 PM

    Thanks, Frank. You are a riot–and I couldn’t imitate your literary voice in a million years!

  32. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 27, 2010 1:14 AM

    frank booth:
    Not sure how my saying that there are people on this forum that have pseudonyms is a way of trying to discredit or divert a point. If I’m wrong so be it!
    Curious genius…exactly what was I diverting or discrediting from.
    My point to Deb was very pointed & direct, just because you have problems with the english language does not mean I do.
    Deb:
    The word I used was smarmy: buttery, unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech or Falsely earnest, smug, or ingratiating.
    However, I do read your opinions because they usually are well reasoned & thought out. There is no doubt that you know your stuff, whether it be football or some of the social issues that you talk about. Some of your stances on issues have made me re-evaluate & rethink my own opinions on some things.
    That is what’s great about blogs, you can run across someone who challenges your position intellectually, and if your open minded enough you can learn from other people. Some of your posts have done exactly that for me. Life would be boring without differing opinions for people to be challenged on. Whatever the subject. That I think we would agee?
    However, I have felt that you do attack when someone differs from your opinion.
    I look forward to reading your blogs in the future and am done with our little tete-a-tete. I think we have both made our points :-)

  33. Deb says: Mar 27, 2010 12:45 PM

    @Gatorfan1 …
    Yes, “smarmy” means excessively suave and ingratiating … that’s why it makes me think of some shifty guy kissing my hand. Assumed you were talking about the smugness part of the definition, and Mary Poppins is kinda smug. So I wasn’t disagreeing with you. I’ve just always thought of “smarmy” as a male adjective. And Gatorfan1, there’s nothing about me that’s the least bit male ;-)
    My earnestness is genuine on the social issues, and I appreciate knowing you’ve taken something positive from those posts. Thank you :-)

  34. frank booth says: Mar 27, 2010 5:58 PM

    Curious genius…exactly what was I diverting or discrediting from.
    My point to Deb was very pointed & direct, just because you have problems with the english language does not mean I do.
    ===================================
    Gatorfan1- This portion of your post is quite ironic: It actually indicates that you do have problems with the English language. You may want to reread it and correct it.

  35. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 12:07 AM

    frank booth:
    Well Frank, sorry if you couldn’t think out of the box because of a punctuation snafu!
    Can you post another of your clever (in your mind) rhymes? Which you probably took from someone else in another post.
    Oh, please don’t forget to keep posting it more than once all over the forum to make sure EVERYONE sees it! I’m sure people everywhere are talking about THAT clever guy on the blogs with the funny rhymes & retorts…..lol…

  36. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 1:50 AM

    Frank booth:
    There once was a man named Frank,
    Stupid rhymes all day he crank
    He wrote his day away blogging, wistfully wishing he was keyboard snogging
    He cried for attention with so little comprehension; and couldn’t stand competition
    An egotist he was, with only his own applause
    It certainly makes you pause and wonder, why can’t Frank see; all his own flaws a blunder?
    Stay classy FB, stay classy!!!

  37. Pier588 says: Mar 28, 2010 9:29 AM

    GaytorFlan1,000,000,000 – keep posting – every time you do – you “engage your personal DUMBA$$ quotient” and it goes up exponentially.
    You didn’t make any points in any of your posts – you just attacked and ranted against Deb for her take on another thread in another blog – an example of your neoclassic “DUMBA$$edness” shining thru.
    Now that your boy Urbanski has told the reporter in this thread (which has nothing to do with your man crush on Big Ben or your beef with PFT) that he’s sorry for dogging him out 3 days ago.
    Keep auging yourself in with your stupid, non-relevant posts. Yes, this is a free country and you are free to keep making a fool of yourself every time you post.

  38. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 11:06 AM

    pier58:
    Wow! How original. Didn’t you already basically post the same response?
    At least try to ORIGINAL!!!!

  39. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 29, 2010 3:26 PM

    @ Frank Booth:
    Fixed it!
    Our Urban, who art in Gainesville
    Tebow no poon-tang
    Thy recruits come
    criminal and dumb
    whilst Meyer chides the Sentinel
    Give Urban some serious bread
    and forgive the skipping of classes,
    as his players commit felonys against us,
    and lead us not into probation
    but lead the blind Gator sheeple
    Amen.
    Our Urban, who art in Gainesville
    Tebow know boom bang
    Thy recruits come
    regnal and young
    whilst Meyer defies the Sentinel
    Give Urban some serious stead
    and forgive the kicking of asses
    as his players commit on field melodies
    and lead us not into losing hibernation
    but lead the enshrined Gator people
    Amen.

  40. frank booth says: Mar 29, 2010 5:03 PM

    This from the guy who tells people to be original.

  41. boosie says: Apr 13, 2010 4:34 PM

    FIRE URBAN MEYER. HIS CONDUCT IN INTERVIEWS IS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR. HE RECRUITS THUGS AND PAYS PLAYERS. WHAT A GREAT PROGRAM FLORIDA RUNS.

  42. Arizona Buckeye says: Apr 15, 2010 2:11 AM

    Wow – Urban is just coming unglued since his little buddy left. I wonder if he is going to show up at the NFL draft and start punching coaches and reporters that dare say something bad about Timmie. Glad he took all that time off to work on his, cough cough, health problems… he seems so much more relaxed and at ease now.

  43. boosie says: Apr 16, 2010 1:40 PM

    I heard hes having a gay affair with Tebow. I am close to the situation. i have seen the pictures. What kind of donkey show they running out there in crappy florida. WEST COAST

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