I’ll give Urban Meyer credit for one thing. He’s smart enough not to get baited by the AJ-C’s Terence Moore.
… You had to ask the Big Gator about what nearly was the Big Brawl last October between his Florida team and the victorious one from Athens.
Meyer said, “It wasn’t a brawl.” Then he paused, before adding after he flashed a smile, “It was … I don’t know what you would call it.”
Moore wouldn’t take the hint. First, a bit of revisionist history:
… You would call it a classless move by normally classy Mark Richt, the Georgia coach. With his Bulldogs having dropped 15 of their previous 17 games against Florida, he decided they needed additional motivation. That’s why, after Georgia scored first in the game, he ordered his players to rush into the end zone and act crazy enough to get an unsportsmanlike penalty.
One, two, and then a slew of Gators threatened to leave their sideline to charge the massive Dog Pile, but Meyer kept pulling them back.
Moore’s not satisfied. But Meyer won’t give him much.
… Will Meyer be as kind this year when the two teams meet in Jacksonville, with Georgia supposedly chasing a national championship and with Florida likely seeking revenge for the near-brawl, or whatever you call it? “Well, it’s not like we’re in a conference where you just have one game to play,” Meyer said. “We’ve got Tennessee. We’ve got Miami. We’ve got LSU. We’ve got Arkansas. We’ve got South Carolina. We’ll be ready to go for that [Georgia] game, though, but I’m not worried about that now. I’m not having my team worry about that game now.”
Sounds like Moore will be severely disappointed if a Gator or two doesn’t engage in some physical retribution this year.