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Urban Meyer’s daughter calls out ESPN

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Memo to current ESPN analyst and former Florida head coach Urban Meyer: you might want to have a little sit-down with your children when it comes to social media and what they decide to put out there for public consumption.

Last week, one of Meyer’s daughters went all “OMG!!! WTF!!! LOL!!!” on rumors that her dad was bound for Columbus in 2012.  Thursday, it appears Meyer’s other daughter has taken issue with her father’s current employer.

In a tweet posted on her Twitter account Wednesday night, Gisela “Gigi” Meyer — Urban’s middle child — made it perfectly clear that her father is not spending an acceptable amount of time with the family due to his current, non-coaching job.

On January 1 of this year, shortly before Meyer coached his final game as UF’s head coach, Gigi Meyer posted the following tweet, which was eerily reminiscent of her older sister’s reaction to their father’s first “retirement”:

When Meyer stepped down — again — as UF’s head coach Dec. 8, 2010, his now-former school released a statement on his behalf.  Here are the first two paragraphs from that official release:

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”

Apparently, based on that tweet noted above, at least one family member feels that daddy ain’t holding up his end of the retirement bargain to their satisfaction.

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22 Responses to “Urban Meyer’s daughter calls out ESPN”
  1. downhillrider says: May 5, 2011 4:58 AM

    his girls need to remember that their luxury cars dont buy themselves. dude has to work for em.

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 5, 2011 4:59 AM

    Them girls are very annoying, and Urban should learn how to run his house before he gets fired.
    Urban, grow a pair will you?
    Girls, shut up, and quit trying to get in the media.
    Jen Sterger wannabes.

  3. gamecockinfl says: May 5, 2011 7:46 AM

    What pathetic, moron is monitoring Meyers daughter’s Tweets??? Give me a break!

  4. tryagainplease says: May 5, 2011 8:57 AM

    if ya tweet, ya want it to be read. i think maybe she is calling out her father more than espn. he does have the capacity to walk away if he wanted to, i presume.

    i’m a girl, i love my dad- but i wouldn’t post about his doings on social media- if they didn’t want the attention they wouldn’t be tweeting about it.

  5. polegojim says: May 5, 2011 10:01 AM

    Urban Goat Meyers

    All that talk in the press was noble, but if you don’t deliver for your family – the ‘goat’ tag is well earned.

    @tryagainplease – I agree, I have two daughters.
    But are the lines of communication so screwed up at home that they feel desperate? It would appear he’s not living up to his word and he’s not hearing or seeing it. I don’t fault the girls – Meyers owns the situation.

    @ downhillrider – the girls obviously care more about their dad than cars. How much money and attention is ‘enough’ to now give them a year or so of UNDIVIDED attention and then continue it in appropriate measures afterward.

    I mean really….is that so hard?

    How do I know? I’ve made the same mistakes with my career, but fortunately with my wifes observations and help, was able to adjust.

    MR. Urban Meyers – adjust before your daughters STOP caring or tweeting about it. Become known for being a DAD first and not a Coach.

  6. reents says: May 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    I like what she put about ESPN, the problem is her dad Urban Meyer. He says one day he’s retiring to be with his family, then a week later he signs with ESPN. Urban does look like a liar, probably did quit for health, but to say you will be with family, and then takes another job, doesn’t look good.

    I will say if Urban wants the Ohio State job, he could have it now.

  7. Deb says: May 5, 2011 10:32 AM

    I defended the other daughter who lashed out at people trashing her dad. But all this “Send Daddy home from work,” stuff is ridiculous and embarrassing.

    My dad was his own boss, and throughout my childhood worked at minimum 12-16 hours a day, six days a week, with long church services on Sunday. As children, we understood that’s what responsible adults did. He showed his love for us in a thousand ways, but mostly by being that family leader and dependable provider. Whining about his work schedule would have been disrespectful. Your dad shouldn’t have to sit beside you and hold your hand 24/7 to prove he’s a loving father. How many millions of children would give anything just to have a father who lives with them, loves them, and provides for them?

  8. bonerchamp says: May 5, 2011 1:15 PM

    Those two are more self important than Gayturd nation.

  9. gatorprof says: May 5, 2011 3:24 PM

    Slow day eh? The tweets of a teenager are now newsworthy? I could never imagine a teenager tweeting a stupid joke or comment.

  10. lethimplaycoach says: May 5, 2011 3:29 PM

    John Taylor, unless you are a 18 year old kid, the fact that you or anyone at PFT or CFT follows the Twitter accounts of a coach’s college aged and/or younger kids is embarrassing for you. Much worse, making news about it. Embarrassing.

  11. Deb says: May 5, 2011 3:58 PM

    @lethimplaycoach …

    No … JT follows other sports blogs such as SportsByBrooks that either follow the Twitter accounts of coach’s kids or get tips from readers following those accounts. Those bloggers are the ones you might accuse of primary embarrassing behavior. John simply engages in secondary embarrassing behavior by sharing the info … so people can improve his numbers by clicking on the stories and expounding on how embarrassing it is that he posts them.

  12. overratedgators says: May 5, 2011 4:00 PM

    Damn. I actually agree with every single commenter so far. That must be some kind of record.

  13. John Taylor says: May 5, 2011 4:30 PM

    Actually, Deb, three or four CFT readers sent me a link to the tweet.

  14. Deb says: May 5, 2011 4:54 PM

    JT, does that mean I have to apologize to that SportsByBrooks guy? 😉

  15. 1buckeye76 says: May 5, 2011 6:29 PM

    i do the one in the picture

  16. BrownsTown says: May 5, 2011 7:18 PM

    Deb…..I thumbs up’d ya. Well said…. On both.

    JT…… I want names!

  17. Deb says: May 5, 2011 8:52 PM

    Thanks, BrownsTown! :)

  18. mrcowpatty says: May 6, 2011 12:05 AM

    Hey Kids,

    Your dad likes to work, get use to it. Maybe it’s about time you found something to do besides live the life of your dad. There’s a big world out there. Try it out.

  19. 27xwschamps says: May 6, 2011 1:43 AM

    Whiner !!!!

  20. dkhhuey says: May 6, 2011 12:29 PM

    Seriously – Urban, be a dad for a few minutes and either have your daughter’s twitter accounts suspended or have a daddy to spoiled brat chat about what is and what is not acceptable topics for them to tweet about. Having the family biz aired out via a whiny teenagers is amazingly embarrassing, not to mention a tad nauseating.

  21. polegojim says: May 7, 2011 11:48 AM

    @ Deb – that’s very true… but he’s 0-2, with both daughters expressing similar feelings at different times during/after his resignation.
    I had the same situation as you. My struggle is that what he’s doing isn’t translating to the same thing that you and I experienced. That’s his bad and is on him.

    @everyonecallingherawhiner – you all assume she’s a spoiled brat??? I read exactly the opposite, all the material things aren’t making up for what she believes is lacking from her father.

    Anyway – look for a retraction/correction soon, whether it’s real or promoted to ‘repair’ his image.

  22. slice60 says: May 10, 2011 8:59 AM

    We know this for certain– the entire Meyer family likes attention!

    Meyer “retired” the first time for health reasons …& then went right back to continue coaching at UF.

    Then he “retired” this time to spend more time with family…& then signed on with ESPN to get paid & to get his pretty face on TV as much as possible.

    Reminds me of when Michael Jordan “retired” the first time to spend time with his family…& soon decided he would rather spend his free time riding buses all over the country to play minor league baseball. How’s that marriage going anyway, MJ?

    Egomaniacs like Meyer, MJ, etc. can’t survive without the spotlight. Screw the family.

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