When last we heard from Corch Urban Meyer, he had his panties in a wad over Auburn’s badass stretch limo ride that Chizik’s staff was taking all over the state of Alabama to impress recruits. Instead of taking the snarkier road and snidely pointing out what that says about Auburn’s staff and the kids they’re trying to impress, Meyer chose to get all huffy and whine about NCAA violations.
Except it turns out he got bad intel.
There was much debate yesterday about Auburn taking white stretch limos on recruiting trips, and Urban Meyer crying foul to Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun. Well, it turns out Dooley misread the story about Auburn and thought the school was taking recruits in the limos, hence Meyer’s reaction.
Thanks to commenter Alabama Ag and Tech School for pointing out this mea culpa from Dooley last night:
“Ah, the World Wide Interweb (another movie reference). When you make a mistake, you’re going to hear it. Last week I had a Dooley Noted item about Auburn coaches parading recruits around in limos. I obviously misread the story because it was Auburn coaches in the limos going from school to school. War Eagle fans have corrected me with dozens of e-mails. My bad. Now calm down.”
My bad. Now calm down. Well, that certainly fixes everything. Those damned interwebs, screwing things up for Dooley and his ilk. If those assholes would just keep to themselves in their mommas’ basements, we’d have a lot less problems with the press.
No word on whether this will make for another chapter in Meyer’s next book. And the crack about ripping off shirts stands.
POSTSCRIPT: Now that I think about it, go back and read Meyer’s original quote, which was “The Florida coaching staff will not be riding around in limos or ripping off our shirts.” There’s no mention of recruits in that.
Perhaps I’m crazy, but while it’s clear that Dooley was talking completely out of his ass, I’m not so sure that Meyer was. Maybe he really thinks that coaches showing up in a limo is something the NCAA should look into.