Don’t worry, Coach, Timmy’s got your back.

You think we’re outraged over The Hurdle being dissed on ESPN?  That’s nothing compared to what’s getting stirred up down in the Sunshine State after noted straight shooter Urban Meyer elected to drive and kick a winning necessary somewhat needed meaningless field goal with his team up by twenty with twenty five seconds left in a home game against a team coming off a 5-7 season and starting a redshirt freshman quarterback in his first game.

You’d think somebody who’s been around the block with Florida like Randy Shannon would understand.  But noooooo.

“I’ll just say this one statement,” Shannon said on Sunday. “Sometimes when you do things, and people see what type of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off. Now, whatever you want to get out of that, I won’t say it again. But it helped us. It helped us more than you’ll ever know.”

Meyer took the right approach in responding.  He patronized Shannon.

“It was a great football game,” Meyer said. “Why don’t we talk about the players that played a great, hard-nosed football game and quit measuring up to worrying about Florida. I learned a long time ago just coach your team and take care of yourself. Special teams, offense and defense occupies all our time. So I’m good, we’ve got to move on.”

Yeah, just coach and move on.  That sounds like the kind of wisdom a man learns through his own life experience, doesn’t it.  It reminds me of something Meyer said recently.

In his new book, “Urban’s Way,” Florida coach Urban Meyer makes it clear that Georgia’s excessive celebration following its opening touchdown last season was a “big deal” and something that he will remember “forever.”

“That wasn’t right. It was a bad deal,” Meyer says in the book, which is scheduled for a September release. “And it will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our football team. … So we’ll handle it. And it’s going to be a big deal.”

Well, the head coach may be magnanimous in victory, but the GPOOE™ is not pleased.  At all.

“(Meyer) has tried to work guys into being better people on the field, off the field, never says anything bad about anybody, always tries to do the right thing. He tries to take young boys and make them into men and do the right thing. We play with character and strength on the field and off and I don’t think you usually see many cheap shots or anything wrong that we do. Yeah, maybe we’re going try to score through the whole game. That’s our job. We like playing football.

Whatever.  (Although I will give Tebow credit for not losing his perspective over the Celebration the way his head coach did.)

From our selfish standpoint, you’ve gotta appreciate the likely psychological effect of the field goal call on the lead up to this year’s Georgia-Florida battle.  Meyer undercut all of the righteous indignation he ginned up over last year’s WLOCP with the field goal.  And don’t think the media won’t bring it up if given the chance, which the media will create by asking Meyer and his team about the Celebration.  It’ll be too much of an opportunity to ignore.

Gamesmanship is gamesmanship, whether it takes place at the beginning of a game – when at least you’ve got the opportunity to respond to it – or at the end.  Just ask LSU.

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UPDATE: Mike Bianchi questions Meyer’s manhood.

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UPDATE: Leave it to the fine folks at Gator County to indulge in some hair splitting.

… Ho hum, another coach making himself the victim, grasping at something to inspire his team.

Look it up, Randy. Kicking a field goal at the end of the game is well within the rules — not like telling your players to run on the field and celebrate, intentionally drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

And if you want to bring up the Georgia Incident of last year and the fact that Meyer is on record as saying he would make “a big deal out of it” on Nov. 1, consider the fact that what the Bulldogs did was not legal — and that Meyer never uttered a word about it until he did an interview for his book.

The “Georgia Incident”.  Sounds ominous.  No wonder Meyer can’t forget about it.

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10 responses to “Don’t worry, Coach, Timmy’s got your back.

  1. peacedog

    I have to say I can’t get that worked up about Meyer’s FG. I understand why Miami would be, mind you. And I delight in the hypocracy of Meyer’s stance after doing this versus his stance on the Celebration.

    What I think is interesting is that while I can see why a coach would get points there – trying to do every little thing to impress pollsters – I highly doubt those 3 points mean anything over the course of the season. If Florida rises to the top of the polls, it will be due to beating LSU/UGA/UT/etc and winning the SEC. I don’t think there’s any tangible gain from kicking the FG.

  2. Except with your fan base, of course. ;)

  3. NebraskaDawg

    I think it was nothing more than Meyer couldn’t get another TD so he was going to rub Miami’s nose in it the best he could. Because when you have such high standards (you know the top 1% type standards) these are the classy things you do.

  4. peacedog

    Truth that, Senator ;)

  5. UgaMatt

    Maybe the GPOOE should ask Stafford if the gators ever engage in cheap shots on the field. Unless of course you don’t consider plowing into a defenseless QB that has taken a knee “cheap”.

  6. Random

    IMO, Meyer jsut wanted to prove that he could cover a spread. Since it was 22.5. This probably pissdd off quite a few, I might add. Including myself.

  7. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    In cases like this, I use the X-Box Principle.

    For example, if I’m playing NCAA Football and it’s 4-2 on my 40, I’ll go for it. If I’m beating the computer 84-3 and get the ball back with one minute, I will toss a few bombs to try and score one more time … and I will get as many late hits on Tebow as possible.

    However, if the Dawgs did any of those things, I’d seriously question CMR’s judgement.

    BTW, I wouldn’t settle for a field goal. I’d go for the TD — X-Box Principle.

  8. Robert

    UgaMatt,

    Thanks for bringing that play up…that was some serious “character” and “class” showed on the field there…The slo-mo replay with a closeup of Staffords face said it all. You could tell it caught him completely off gaurd.

    Kicking the field goal wasn’t as bad as going for the TD with 1:02 on the clock. They were just trying to add one more to the GPOOE’s record.

    First on ESPN’s speed dial. Third in the SEC East.

    The GPOOE went 9-4 as a starter.

  9. Will

    I find it interesting that Gators’ fans always bring up the fact that Richt intentionally asked his players to break the rules, but that Meyer’s “controversial” acts as a coach are always within the bounds of the rules (icing kickers just before the snap, kicking last-second field goals with 20-point leads). But look at the thinking behind their actions.

    I won’t speculate anymore on Meyer’s thinking; Lord knows it’s been done to death this week. But Richt knows that his team last year is in the midst of an epic funk. He knows that Georgia football in general is in the midst of an epic funk against Florida. So he breaks the rules in a harmless way (did a riot break out? n0? then shut the hell up about it) for the sole reason of firing up his team.

    Want to know what game tell me Mark Richt has class? Auburn ’05, the most painful game I have ever attended. After Auburn’s fumble into the endzone was spotted at Georgia’s three-yard line with 1:52 remainging, Richt could have told the defense to lay down and let them score quickly so the Dawgs would have a chance to run the 2-minute offense and score again.

    Instead, he lets the defense play their game to try to get the ball back. Auburn runs down the clock and kicks a field goal to win 31-30.

    On the way back home, I was alternating rage and heartbreak. On The Fifth Quarter radio show, they were questioning Richt’s judgment. To be honest, so was I.

    But later I realized that he was trying to win the right way. Not just following the rules, but following the spirit of the rules. That, my friends, is class.

  10. shadrach

    Meyer’s certainly not interested in responding to real “illegal” stuff that involves his own team. Remember these Gator nuggest? Shooting off semi-automatic rifles, taking cash from boosters (it’s good to be Chris Rainey) and smoking weed.

    The Gator Country staff and their head coach change moods, reasoning and logic like a mood ring changes colors.

    Meyer better pray every day that the spell he’s got on those “ol boys of Florida holds up. Every day he becomes more like the Zooker.