Don't Get Mad at Urban; Get Another Title

By Frenette, Gene | The Florida Times Union, November 25, 2011 | Go to article overview

Don't Get Mad at Urban; Get Another Title


Frenette, Gene, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Gene Frenette

With Urban Meyer taking the Ohio State job seeming as inevitable as the Jaguars having a new coach next season, the Gators fan base needs to cool it. They shouldn't need anger management to deal with UF's ex-coach resurfacing in his Big Ten dream job.

In fact, the only reason the Gators should be upset with Meyer is staying on their sideline one year too long. And the blame there also lies with athletic director Jeremy Foley, who should have let Meyer walk away in 2009 when he dropped hints about health issues and his ambition level running on empty.

For anyone bleeding orange and blue to be outraged by Meyer likely coaching in Columbus is misplaced anger. For five of his six years in Gainesville, before he checked out during that miserable 2010 season, Meyer delivered you a pair of SEC and national championships.

He recruited Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and enough future NFL players to make the Gators a nationally elite program again. It wasn't a long run, but Meyer gave UF his absolute best during that five-year period.

Yeah, I know what Coach Disingenuous said nearly a year ago about spending more time with family, then joining ESPN, a predictable arrangement given all the back-scratching they had done for each other.

It all looks bad, making Meyer out to be a liar once he signs on with the Buckeyes. Then again, didn't we already know Urban was not Mr. Trustworthy on a lot of things he said publicly? …

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