Damn, this is just a might bit cold, don’t you think?
Florida coach Urban Meyer talked for a long time about changing the culture when he took over the program in 2005 but has never offered many specifics. On Friday, he revealed what one of those changes was, as far as the locker room environment.
Asked a general question about how he handles players having arguments on the field and in the locker room, Meyer — who did not take a swipe at former coach Ron Zook (now at Illinois) or mention him outright — started discussing the 2005 atmosphere that he inherited at Florida.
He said freshmen were put in a separate locker room and treated harshly by the other players. When he realized how poorly the new players were treated, he put an end to it.
Meyer’s comments were chilling.
“When we first got here five years ago they had freshmen in a separate locker room and it was a bunch of tin lockers over there and they weren’t allowed to walk (into the regular locker room). Think about this for a minute: this is a big-time college football program and we had some fights because they treat their freshman like they were non-people.
“‘Don’t walk through here, we’ll kick your tail, we’ll shave your eyebrows.’ It took us awhile to break that great culture we had here. That was tremendous. You don’t win many games, but you beat up freshman and shave eyebrows. Absolutely unbelievable…”
Who is this “they” you speak of, Corch, if you’re not taking a swipe at the Zooker? Is it the same folks who left you with enough in the cupboard to win a BCS title game two seasons ago?
What’s truly obnoxious about this is why Meyer even feels the need to bring this up now, given where the program is at. As the Zooker puts it,
“I’ve been gone a long time. I doubt if anybody there even remembers who I am.”