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Urban Meyer thinks college football is full of ‘garbage’

Urban Meyer

And given the 31 arrests at Florida under Meyer’s watch, he ought to know.

Meyer officially retired (for real) from Florida in early December to spend more time with his family. Reports later revealed that resurfacing health concerns may have also played a role in his decision. For all intents and purposes, though, Meyer has continuously insisted that his current situation — ESPN contract and all — has allowed him to “do the dad thing”.

In a recent interview with 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis, however, Meyer indicated that college football’s “garbage” extracurricular activities had worn him thin.

It is out of control with that stuff right now and we have got to get that back on track. Twenty-five years ago, and I am sure you know, if you had to deal with some of the stuff you are dealing with the off-the-field, the agent issues, the violation issues and all the garbage that is out there right now I certainly would not have gotten into coaching. Hopefully with the powers that be and all the right people, I know one thing the NFL Commissioner has got a great outlook the way he is attacking the NFL right now and trying to bring respect and order, and I just love the way he is approaching it. If college football gets that we will have a chance to get back to that great game we all love.

A reversal to simpler times? Not likely.

But, I do believe Meyer when he laments over college football’s most pressing issues.

When a player is arrested at 3 a.m., it’s the coach who gets the phone call. When the NCAA investigates a school for impermissible benefits involving a player, it’s the coach who stands at the podium and answer questions. Coaches are the protective voice in an age where anything their players say or do is documented and scrutinized.

Now, I’m not even 25-years-old, so I wouldn’t know what college football was like 25 years ago, though I imagine it wasn’t like what it is today. Now, there’s so much media coverage and, frankly, too much money.

If Meyer genuinely meant those words, then he was right to get out when he did because there won’t be a return to simpler times. The media/college football relationship has changed too much.

Meyer coached at Florida. He ought to know.

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19 Responses to “Urban Meyer thinks college football is full of ‘garbage’”
  1. Slim Charles says: Feb 11, 2011 7:55 PM

    Haha what a tool. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Feb 11, 2011 8:28 PM

    Well guess what, Urban? Those problems aren’t as common at the vast majority of programs as they were under you at Florida, and they weren’t nearly as common at Florida before you got there. What’s that tell you?

  3. goldtoothbiscuits says: Feb 11, 2011 9:04 PM

    I really don’t care what he thinks

  4. lbijake says: Feb 11, 2011 10:00 PM

    Urban’s motto is”When the going gets tough, the tough get going (right out the door).” How about the kids who did not get in trouble that Urban left stranded.Come play for me, I might hang around. The new generation JoePa.

  5. Deb says: Feb 11, 2011 11:30 PM

    Horse hockey!!!!!

    Oh yeah … the NCAA was just a hotbed of angels 25 years ago! Ben, you didn’t need to be around then to know Meyer is full of it! Just take 2011 and subtract 25 years. What do you get? 1986

    That’s the year the NCAA gave SMU the DEATH PENALTY!!!!!

    They shut down the program for the 1987 season because it was sooooo corrupt. And SMU wasn’t a lone wolf. The school took the bullet for the rest of college football. That blowhard couldn’t have picked a MORE corrupt time to come into college football. Who’s he trying to con? Florida fans under 25 who don’t know any better. His high-and-mighty posturing is ridiculous.

    And praising Rodger Goodell??? Roger Goodell???? That man is as unprincipled as they come. He’s a blight on the NFL, a corporate bagman whose only interest is the almighty dollar. He’s going to destroy the league–and he could care less about how agents are bribing college kids. Please :roll:

    I really am a nice, soft-spoken girly-girl who’s just extremely passionate about football. But the mere mention of that evil Roger Goodell and mentally I go all Robert DeNiro (okay, well, not really, but gosh I intensely dislike that man!!) …

  6. Slim Charles says: Feb 11, 2011 11:54 PM

    Roger Goodell is a smarmy prick. Seriously, what has he done? Suspend players who get arrested 50 times? Way to take a stand buddy. Oh boy, a game in London! Pro Bowl a week before the Super Bowl! Hysterically changing rules about hitting in the middle of the season!

  7. Walk says: Feb 12, 2011 1:34 AM

    I lost all respect for pro ball when goodell began power tripping and fattening the leagues checkbook on plays that didn’t draw a flag in game. College football does not need that type of management.

  8. noaxetogrind says: Feb 12, 2011 9:50 AM

    Wow, a lot of vitriol here over a guy voicing his opinion about the state of college athletics. Rant away, that is the beauty of this forum. Just a couple of facts, I know we would prefer not to deal in them since emotion and hyperbole is so much easier but……Walk, all fines in the NFL go to charity by NFL rule, so the only “checkbook getting fattened” are charitites like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America & the United Way. Yet another conspiracy theory debunked. Also, there is a provision in the NCAA for players to be suspended after the fact if video analysis shows that a flagrant foul was missed. It is a new rule that to my knowledge has not been used yet but it is on the books. It is enforced by conference offices.

  9. gorilladunk says: Feb 12, 2011 10:17 AM

    “when a player gets arrested at 3:00 am, it’s the coach who gets called…when there are improper benefits to deal with, the coach has to answer the questions…” And when the multi-million dollar contracts get signed, it’s the coach who benefits. Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown. All jobs that seem to pay exceedingly well have drawbacks and responsibilities. You take the man’s money, you take the guff that goes along with it. It’s part of life.

  10. edgy says: Feb 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    You tell ’em, Deb. :)

    Heck, some people here seem to forget the names Charlie Pell and Galen Hall, who certainly didn’t run the cleanest of programs with the Gators and that was less than 25 years ago for Hall.

    Let’s face facts: there has been cheating in college football since the first day. You had guys who were basically career collegians and believe it or not, the Ivy League was the worst and then they finally found Jesus and stopped putting so much emphasis on all their sports. People NOW praise the Ivy League for its purity but at one time, they were as bad as anything that you could ever accuse SMU of doing. I still remember when I first got to Oklahoma and some of the fans, half joking, talking about how some of their players would have to take pay cuts to go professional and that was in the ’70s.

    I really wish that people would stop talking about the good old days because they never were.

  11. igottz5onit says: Feb 12, 2011 4:00 PM


  12. Deb says: Feb 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    @noaxetogrind …

    Thanks but most of us know money collected from fines goes to charity. That’s completely irrelevant to this discussion. None of us said anything about Roger Goodell lining his pockets with fine money. The grievances we have against this jackass are too complex to detail here, so I’ll just stick to fines since you’ve brought it up.

    First, Congress has started sniffing around head injuries in the NFL, so Goodell has to make it seem he’s addressing head injuries to get them off the scent. The hoopla about fining players this year was nothing but public posturing. The commissioner had no data to support his actions, nor did imposing fines after the fact decrease number and severity of head injuries. Blatantly illegal head shots were ignored; legal hits were fined. Officials were never counseled regarding legal and illegal hits, so nothing changed during games when it could make a difference to player safety. He did nothing to make the game safer.

    Second, some franchise owners want to change the schedule from 4 preseason/16 regular season games to 2 preseason/18 regular season games. Players disagree because they are paid less for preseason games and regular season games create considerably more wear and tear on their bodies. The league is already asking players to take an 18 percent paycut and now also wants them to increase their workload, create more wear and tear on their bodies, shorten their careers, and further jeopardize their long-term health. The commissioner is pretending he’s addressing these safety concerns by fining players for hitting hard. :roll: Again … nothing but a PR ploy that doesn’t address safety or the players’ concerns.

    The man is a dirty rotten scoundrel who talks about principles while doing what furthers the league’s political interests. His ethics operate on a sliding scale. It’s lovely that he collected tens of thousands of dollars for NFL charities, but the purpose of charity is that it be given freely and from a generous spirit–not that it be coerced by a corrupt commissioner acting in his own PR interests.

    That’s only one area where he’s running the sport and league we love into the ground. Please do not wax eloquent about vitriol when you haven’t done your homework and have no flipping idea what you’re blathering about.

  13. whodoes says: Feb 13, 2011 11:24 AM

    The only thing different between now and 25 years ago is the extent of media coverage (much larger apparatus, although arguably with a crippled investigative function thanks to the collapse of newspapers and magazines).

    Does anyone really think that agents weren’t around 25 years ago or that they were all fine, upstanding gentlemen? Does anyone believe kids weren’t getting into trouble 25 years ago?

    I think Meyer just has a classic case of the “Things were better in my day, sonny” blues.

  14. ihateannouncers says: Feb 13, 2011 3:17 PM

    You go Deb!!

    If Meyer was so passionate about cleaning up the garbage, then why didn’t he start with his own program and set an example to the rest of the NCAA ?? I would like to see a list of the top ten football programs and the arrests that they have had over the past 5 years. If the average is near Florida’s than Meyer has a point. If not, than he is a hypocrite. You’re more like your hero Goodell than you think. He is also full of s#%t!!

  15. dkhhuey says: Feb 14, 2011 12:41 AM

    Wow – somebody should get Urban some tissues. I have a feeling between Timmie Tebone stories and his whining about everything, I’ll be looking for another college football show to watch this year.

  16. lbijake says: Feb 14, 2011 5:53 PM

    To Deb-Lighten up. It is every american’s right to wax eloquent (to use your verbiage) about thing we know nothing about. Usually it is just politicians but common folks get to do it once in a while also.

  17. Deb says: Feb 15, 2011 2:49 PM

    @lbijake …

    And it’s the right of sassy little Southern gals to spew vitriol about nasty ol’ NFL commissioners without Mr. Pompous coming along, patting us on the head, and telling us how silly we’re being. If he wants to pat and pontificate, then I can throw a lil hissy fit in his direction. It is not wise to mess with a Southern woman when she’s channeling her inner Al Capone.

  18. southernpatriots says: Feb 18, 2011 3:03 AM

    Urban Meyer is fantacizing about the “good ole days” which weren’t that good. Way back when, players would often tape a leaf spring to their forearm under a long sleeve jersey and knock out opposing running backs and receivers. Boosters as they are now called were not regulated at all. They ran wild offering women, money, alcohol, and drugs. This is not just theory this is from a former Georgia player and a former South Carolina player, both stars in their day. If Meyer can handle the talking head gig he may choose that route now, since he cannot take the high road on this matter as other posters have noted.

  19. kcrusnak says: Sep 14, 2011 7:04 PM

    I agree with coach Meyer, the media does badger the football players too much. I would rather see what a school’s hockey or soccer team did rather than some college football players who got arrested outside a bar. The media should balance their coverage out among all the sports instead of just basketball and football all the time.

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