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Update: When Urban apologizes

Almost immediately after Urban Meyer went off on a reporter following Wednesday’s practice, there were calls from media members around the country for the Florida head coach to apologize for his verbal “lambasting” of Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel.

Three days later, Meyer has done just that.  Although not in the public manner as some of the more misguided had suggested.

According to by way of our buddy SportsByBrooks, Meyer apologized to Fowler during a private 22-minute meeting following practice today.  Meyer approached Fowler after the spring session and the two held what Fowler labeled as a “constructive… conversation” at midfield.

“I won’t go into the details of the conversation,” Fowler said, “but I would say that Urban did apologize. And I feel like as a work-related conversation it was constructive.

“I tried to explain to him where I was coming from. And try to explain to him how I do my job. I think he understands that and it was constructive, and that’s all I really want to say. I don’t want to get into all the details, but he was definitely receptive to what I had to say. I’m glad he approached me and talked to me about it constructive.”

For all of the flack Meyer took for the incident — and some suggesting that he was/is a ticking time bomb, even after his sabbatical — it was a classy move by the head coach to seek out Fowler and hash the thing out privately.

Of course, the whole brouhaha could’ve been been avoided if Meyer had taken the same private tack with Fowler from the beginning, but that’s neither here nor there.

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  1. WingT says: Mar 27, 2010 5:05 PM

    A Classy move on Urbans part????? Is he going to remain “classy” from here on out or will he revert back to his bullying ways once he gets criticized again?
    Can you imagine what message he sent his 20 year old players when he got in the face of that whimpy reporter and threaten him? Suppose one of his players is out on the town and bumps into someone that he doesn’t like. Did Urban just teach his players it’s OK to get in their face and threaten the guy as long as you come back later and show class by apologizing. Unbelievable.

  2. Gator93 says: Mar 27, 2010 5:21 PM

    This whole “event” will simply equal more recruits for the Gators.

  3. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 27, 2010 5:41 PM

    Yeah…the message is “blood is thicker than water” and ALWAYS take care of family!
    Again, the reporter purposely did not put the comments in context.
    All you have to do is read his 3 twitter comments whereby he admits that he believes Thompson did not mean what he said.
    Why would a reporter, and I use that term loosely, not go back to THAT player for clarification; considering HE himself wasn’t sure of the context???
    This is exactly why people can’t stand the media any longer….it’s not about truthfulnees or accuracy…it’s about sensationalism, and being first to report a story, no matter the inaccuracies.

  4. Deb says: Mar 27, 2010 5:57 PM

    I’m tired of seeing people stage grand, public mea culpas when they’ve wronged individuals, so meeting Fowler privately was the way to go. It’s good for the Gators because the Sentinel is a media booster for the team. And I’m sure Fowler’s relieved. It was a lil uncomfortable watching him during the altercation … kicking at the dirt, and asking, “Gosh, Coach, what did I do?”

  5. Whatever897 says: Mar 27, 2010 6:21 PM

    C’mon… can the ‘bullying’ comments as they relate to Meyer. Seriously… he did nothing more than any overly competitive father would do when confronted with negativity about his favorite child.

  6. stnmmc says: Mar 27, 2010 8:36 PM

    # Whatever897 says: March 27, 2010 6:21 PM ET
    C’mon… can the ‘bullying’ comments as they relate to Meyer. Seriously… he did nothing more than any overly competitive father would do when confronted with negativity about his favorite child.
    And therein lies the problem. As a coach I have dealt with some unbelievable language and verbal attacks from parents, sometimes bordering on the lines of abuse. I have no problem with a parent protecting a child, if they didn’t I would wonder, but I have seen time and again that many parents go way overboard. Parents, especially overly competitive dads, are blind to their children’s true abilities, and are willing to assault someone who questions otherwise. In their eyes, and many others it is okay because they are parents and this is sports. It is part of the football culture that we have created. No longer is there recognition of hard work and achievement, unless you win 1st place you suck in our modern sport culture, which is so backwards. Sport is supposed to be about mentoring, teamwork, character, and honoring those who you compete against. Now it is about ‘look at me” and being a thug/bully. This is prevalent from the professional ranks all the way down to that douchebag HS b’ball coach in Houston.
    Whew, now that that rant is out of the way, let me say that I do not think Meyer overly acted out of line, and I do not like the man. But if I went off every time I or one of my players was misquoted I would be flipping out every other day. I don’t feel that acting like this is an appropriate example to be setting for your players, but what do I know, Ive never sent two overhyped QB’s to the NFL.

  7. brasho says: Mar 27, 2010 8:43 PM

    Whatever897 says:
    March 27, 2010 6:21 PM ET
    C’mon… can the ‘bullying’ comments as they relate to Meyer. Seriously… he did nothing more than any overly competitive father would do when confronted with negativity about his favorite child.
    #1 Tebow is not his child and he made that perfectly clear on the video
    #2 These are not kids, they are 18-23 year old ADULTS that are capable of defending themselves
    #3 He acted like a spoiled brat/schoolyard bully, he cried, he wimpered, then he threated to take his ball and go home.
    This guy is a piss poor example of what a leader of young men should act like. Even if the guy did something wrong, which he didn’t, he is paid big bucks and has gotten his position because he should be able to deal with it… he definitely isn’t getting the money or the position due to his QB developing skills.

  8. aious says: Mar 27, 2010 9:32 PM

    How is it classy when it is something he was SUPPOSED to do?

  9. Al Dearden says: Mar 27, 2010 10:46 PM

    Hard to believe that Meyer could do anything in a classy fashion; after all, he was the coach of the classless Utes – Max Hall was right. The Gators are just as classless as the Utes – go cougs.

  10. F*DeSmithANDObama says: Mar 27, 2010 10:47 PM

    If I was responsible for all the NFL busts they Urban Meyer was, I would be lose cannon too. Man, this gimmicky spread option shit sucks. Why can’t there be more Saban, Pete Carroll Mark Richt coaches using pro-style offenses? How many Leaches & Meyers does it take to learn that their junk doesn’t translate to the next level? And if Florida played a big boy schedule, it wouldn’t even translate to the SEC.

  11. frank booth says: Mar 27, 2010 10:47 PM

    Can we get over Urban as the “father” and his players as his “children”- It’s utter crap. I’m sure he cares for his players in the same manner that any other coach does- It could also be that he’s a complete narcissist that who is threatened when someone speaks ill of one of his “possessions” (players).
    Either way, he’s a good football coach who has been able to obtain pretty much the best talent in the country- and he does it without really worrying about the character of the players that he brings in, as long as they have elite talent- 27 arrests during his tenure are evidence of this.
    He’s just another football coach in an elite program doing whatever it takes to win- he’s a good coach, but not a great man.

  12. bassmaster says: Mar 28, 2010 8:11 AM

    As for you people that don’t know, Florida has already defeated two top “BIG BOY” schools HANDEDLY. Ohio State and The “NATION’S top offensive team of the century Oklahoma. What more could you ask for in a team? If that would have been Saban on that kid. He would have done the same thing. Trust me I know him well.

  13. Pier588 says: Mar 28, 2010 10:18 AM

    GaytorFlan1,000,000,000 – another homer post lacking an intelligence factor resulting in “your personal DUMBA$$ quotient” going up exponentially. But at least in this post you’re finally on the right thread instead of your “man crush” on Big Ben.
    “Again, the reporter purposely did not put the comments in context.”
    So now you’ve declared yourself an expert in long distance mind reading and you KNEW exactly what the reporter was thinking when he wrote the original story? Ding, ding, ding – 5 more points added to your personal DUMBA$$ quotient.
    Since the reporter in question “directly quoted the player” – how was it out of context? Your whole post revolves around the fact that your tiny little mind just can’t get wrapped around the “fact” that it was a direct qoute from the player – now you and Urbanski can both wear egg on your faces because the reporter in this story did his job and did nothing wrong.
    “All you have to do is read his 3 twitter comments whereby he admits that he believes Thompson did not mean what he said.”
    This is CFT not Twitter – why are you responding to tweets in this forum instead of tweeting to another twat who gives a spit?
    Were you having a collossal leak in your brain fluid the other day when you accused me or being Deb and frank?
    I think it was a “sour grapes” reaction to your tiny little ego getting bruised because so many folks referred to yourself and your post as coming from the DUMBA$$ homer perspective instead of the school of intelligent thought.

  14. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 11:14 AM

    @frank booth
    This stuffs easy
    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!!!

  15. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 11:19 AM

    Little angry, aren’t we!!! Lol….
    Get a life, loser!

  16. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 28, 2010 12:24 PM

    Once there was a poser named pier
    Oh brother, did he ever think he was a dear
    out of his keyboard rumbled great passages so he thought, clever retorts obviously never having been taught
    so boring and blase’ were the Deb supports, the readers became, overwought
    he typed and he typed with so little finesse, that the people roared with a behest
    if your going to write with such little class, at least try not to be, such an ASS!
    @Pier588 using “queer” just would’ve been to easy, and not as much fun. Moron!

  17. xacvol says: Mar 28, 2010 1:43 PM

    Your suppose to make an apology after you make a mistake. That’s not being “CLASSY”, that’s just doing what your suppose to.
    Like Chris Rocks says,
    “I can read” – Your suppose to you ignant MF.
    “I aint never been to jail” – Your not suppose to go to jail you dumb MF.

  18. BrownsTown says: Mar 28, 2010 2:41 PM

    Gator Nation continues to frighten me with their blind allegiance.

  19. xacvol says: Mar 28, 2010 4:15 PM

    Blind allegiance is what makes college athletics great. Alls sports allegiance is basically blind. We dont know what reeeally goes on. All we know is whats reported.

  20. Deb says: Mar 28, 2010 7:34 PM

    @xacvol …
    My allegiance isn’t totally blind. I don’t think Nick Saban would have gotten upset about a reporter accurately quoting a player on something so innocuous. But if he had gotten upset with a reporter, I doubt he would have been as soft-spoken as Urban. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have had ANY trouble hearing our Nick over the beeping of that backup alarm. 😉

  21. frank booth says: Mar 29, 2010 1:44 AM

    Please stop butchering us.
    The English Language

  22. Pier588 says: Mar 29, 2010 12:02 PM

    GaytorFlan1,000,000,000 – 4 DUMBA$$ takes in this thread alone showing just how lacking in intelligence all your comments are.
    “Your personal DUMBA$$ quotient” is officially off the scale.
    At least you stopped commenting on how big of a “man crush” you have for all things Big Ben.
    Urbanski had the ‘nads to own up when he knew he was wrong. Meanwhile, you continue to beat that dead horse and perpetuate your infinate STUPIDity every time you click the submit button in this forum.

  23. Gatorfan1 says: Mar 29, 2010 12:18 PM

    Frank Booth-
    Please stop replying with stupid posts!
    Intelligent People Everywhere

  24. frank booth says: Mar 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    Still Lame

  25. Pier588 says: Mar 30, 2010 1:07 PM

    GaytorFlan1,000,000,000 ≠ “Intelligent People Everywhere”
    “You continue to perpetuate your infinate STUPIDity every time you click the submit button in this forum.”

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