Shelley Meyer is tired of those mean message board people.
“Well, what I learned was that Florida fans, there’s a lot of them and people want to brag on their team,” she told the website. “They want to be able to brag on their team. Now, when we first went down there and we were winning and we were winning those national championships, Urban was the best thing ever.”
“But here is my perception (about Florida fans): I think they feel like they were kind of left at the altar. They feel a betrayal, even though they were so mad at him about how our last season (2010) went. You can’t please them…
“… So, the people who are critical of us, it’s not the people who know us. It’s the people who aren’t even around the program. They just want their team to win, and whoever can get their team to win, that’s who they’re for. And if you can’t do it or if you left them, then they’ll hate you.”
In other words, Gator fans, you shouldn’t take things so personally. Because you know Coach “Seat 37F” never did.
… ’cause Corch is back to business.
Urban Meyer dismissed Tracy Sprinkle from the Ohio State football team on Monday after the defensive lineman was arrested over the weekend and charged with cocaine possession after a bar brawl in Lorain.
But don’t get too excited about a transfer just yet, Plainsfolk. Urban’s keeping his options open.
Now he is completely off the team, though a team spokesman said that Sprinkle’s status could be looked at again depending on the outcome of his legal issues.
Meyer followed a similar path in 2012 with linebacker Storm Klein. He was dismissed from the team that summer after facing a charge of domestic violence and assault. Klein later pleaded to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and rejoined the team and did play that season.
Here’s Ohio State’s 2014 schedule. I’ll let you do the math.
“On vacation”? Seriously? Shoot, if this had happened in Gainesville, Huntley Johnson would have worked out a deal with the state’s attorney by now.
UPDATE: Damn, this just keeps getting better and better.
Police were called to respond to a “large fight in progress” at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio, according to Cleveland.com. Sprinkle was reportedly one of an estimated 50 people outside the bar when police arrived. According to the police report, several groups of people were fighting outside the lounge as police arrived on the scene. Sprinkle is accused of participating in the fighting, for which he was arrested and taken away in custody.
Police found two small bags of cocaine stuffed under the back seat after Sprinkle was removed from the police vehicle.
Hiding cocaine in the back of a police car? Genius.
The “Grown & Sexy Lounge” sounds like a place in the top 1% of the top 1% of America’s watering holes.
Corch goes to a weird place to defend his call of the 2008 Gator squad as the best college football team of all time.
“… Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal, you can’t reason with a wild animal. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal that doesn’t happen.”
Either that, or he’s trying to explain Aaron Hernandez.
Urban Meyer describes himself as “pro-student”. I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.
“But to say (players) can go out and get their own shoe contract and things like that,” Meyer said, “I think, ‘What would that do for this great sport, and really, what would that do for college athletics?’ ”
According to NCAA rules, coaches can have only 20 hours per week of hands-on involvement with players.
The reality is that players are expected to put in considerable time on their own, making it closer to the commitment required for a full-time job, as Northwestern’s players contended.
“A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week,” Meyer said. “He’s got to do it on his own. I think it’s a great rule. Players, just like coaches, can decide to be great. If they’re watching the hours, punching the clock and saying, ‘I’m done at 20 hours,’ you probably have a pretty average player.
“Coaches created that (20-hour) rule (because) if you give us 40 hours, we’ll keep them 40 hours. And they still have to take care of their academics.”
As a general rule of thumb, beware of people who drop “this great sport” homilies. Can’t have players competing with coaches for shoe contracts, you know.
Clearing the decks, filling the chafing dishes…
No, this ain’t about which members of the 2014 recruiting class are headed to Athens. You should know me better than that by now. It’s just three random stories I thought I’d share:
- At ESPN RecruitingNation, Jeremy Crabtree has a good story about how the new NCAA academic requirements are affecting JUCOs. He actually describes a thoughtful NCAA process behind the new rules – unlikely, I know – and while that’s commendable, I have this feeling that the JUCOs are going to game some of that with good old-fashioned grade inflation. It will be interesting to see how much impact these rules have on D-1 schools that have come to rely on talent injections from the junior college rankings.
- The AJ-C‘s Michael Carvell asks the SEC for an interview about its reaction to the Butch Jones loophole story and gets a statement instead. The statement is about as empty as you’d expect at this point, since Jones hasn’t actually done anything yet. Will this become next year’s big story at the SEC spring meetings? Stay tuned for signing day and we’ll see.
- By all accounts, Virginia’s run under Mike London has underwhelmed, to say the least, culminating in a terrible 2-9 2013 season. He’s coming back for what I consider to be one of the weakest reasons to keep a head coach, to save a good recruiting class. (Virginia right now is the only team with commitments from two of the top twelve recruits in the country.) But that’s not what I find interesting. This is: “But several programs, most notably Alabama and Ohio State, have continued to recruit Blanding and Brown in recent months, trying to convince the two prospects that London could be gone next season, according to two people involved in the Tidewater recruiting scene who have spoken to college assistant coaches still pursuing Blanding and Brown. They were granted anonymity in order to speak freely.” I am shocked, shocked to hear that Saban and Corch practice negative recruiting tactics. And here I thought Alabama and Ohio State were such good programs that they sold themselves.
Sometimes, a man just wants to be left alone with his mediocre pizza after losing a shot at the national title.
There’s a Papa Johns commercial lurking somewhere in there, Corch.
- There is a Chris Conley-Georgia Tech-Dragon*Con joke lurking somewhere in this story, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna be the one to make it.
- On the other hand, I think we all know this is something else Mark Richt has lost control of.
- Another tale of amateurism: “To be honest,” he said, “I didn’t feel like I was doing nothing wrong.”
- Can you guess the only SEC head coach who wasn’t employed when he was hired for his current gig?
- How smarmy is Urban Meyer? Smarmy enough that I can’t mock a John Feinstein column related to college football.
- Now this is some world-class trolling.
- Shilling for himself in South Carolina, Rick Perry makes a funny about TAMU failing to beat Missouri. Well, I’m sure somebody thought it was funny.
- And here’s Athlon’s list of college football’s 20 worst coaches at great programs. Georgia has fewer on the list than Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame or Southern Cal.
- Loran Smith has a nice write-up of the Georgia Tech game.