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Old 07-30-2007, 05:43 PM   #1
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Gators' Meyer Could Use Help from Goodell

HOOVER, Ala. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may not be very popular right now with Chris Henry or Pacman Jones, but he’s got at least one admitted fan: Urban Meyer.

The Florida coach said Thursday that he called Goodell earlier this summer to personally thank him for instituting his hard-line stance against player misbehavior.

“I think that’s one of the best things that could have happened to our program,” said the third-year Gators coach. “Because there’s going to be a trickle-down effect all the way down to junior high. Kids are going to see that. It’s going to have a great impact on our sport.

“What he did will ultimately have more effect on my 8-year old son than anything with the spread offense.”

In the meantime, Meyer probably wishes the commissioner could do something to help him with his own disciplinary issues, as a rash of player misbehavior has struck Florida’s program since winning the national championship last January.

Offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson was arrested in April and later suspended for the season after allegedly firing a semiautomatic weapon in the air following a dispute outside a club. In June, running back Brandon James was arrested on marijuana possession. Safety Dorian Munroe spent a night in jail after removing a police-issued boot from his car and placing it in his trunk. And misdemeanors have also been filed against cornerback Jacques Rickerson (marijuana possession), linebacker Dustin Doe (a brawl) and safety John Curtis (probation violation).

Asked Thursday whether this offseason’s incidents have been particularly troubling, Meyer said, “They’re all troubling. Every year you’re dealing with something. [This offseason] was maybe a few more than we’d like.”

Asked whether there might be a correlation between the players’ behavior and having just won a championship, Meyer initially replied “yes,” before hesitating. “I don’t know. There’ve been some teams that weren’t so good that had trouble, too.

“I attribute it to youth. Last year we had 22 seniors, this year we have 10. And if you look at the things that have happened, it’s been younger players. They were all freshmen and sophomores that need to grow up and grow up real fast.”

The aforementioned rap sheet does not even take into account the sad story of former cornerback Avery Atkins. A projected starter last season, Atkins was released from his scholarship following a domestic violence incident in the spring of 2006. Atkins was found dead in his car earlier this month just days after an arrest for possession of crack cocaine.

When a reporter asked Meyer on Thursday whether his experiences with Atkins have “changed you or the way you run your program,” the coach appeared to freeze behind the podium.

“That’s a tough question there. With due respect to everybody involved, I’m not sure I want to go there right now. That’s not something we take very lightly at Florida. Players’ lives and behavior, those types of issues, are something we take very, very seriously.”

But are they taking it seriously enough?

Criticism of Meyer’s program has been largely muted amidst the adulation surrounding last year’s title season and February’s top-rated recruiting class, but some critics have alleged hypocrisy on the part of Meyer, who, upon his December 2004 hiring, pledged a hard-line approach to discipline and said he’d recruit only “the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent.”

Florida also raised eyeballs last season when the school briefly allowed star defensive tackle Marcus Thomas to return to the team despite failing multiple drug tests. (Meyer later dismissed him.) Meyer also has a track record of giving troubled players second and third-chances dating back to his time at Utah.

“Discipline is not dismissal in our opinion,” said Meyer. “Discipline is education and correction, then do what you’ve got to do. We’re in the process of doing a lot of educating, a lot of correcting and putting a product on the field.”

Meyer spent much of his session Thursday discussing the challenges of fielding a young defense (nine new starters) this coming season and how important it will be to find new leaders. For his sake, he bettter hope it extends to off the field as well.

While a repeat national title is unlikely, the Gators still have more than enough talent to make a run at another SEC title, but as any coach will tell you, winning a championship also requires discipline. So far, the 2007 Gators haven’t been exhibiting too much of it.

Stewart Mandel of CnnSI.com

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_...football/ncaa/


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Doesn't shock me. He has no accountability/discipline when it comes to his own job duties and how he runs his program. The kids see it and follow lead. Know it all too well.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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Damn, life on top sure is hard when EVERYBODY is trying to bring you down.
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Yep, that's the life mush. Every recent team on top (OU, Miami, OSU, USC, LSU, Texas) has had to go through this.
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The "I'm-the-victim" defense eh mush?

Ok...that will be 3 detentions for next week.

Don't mind me...just practicing for this fall.

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You can take you detentions and shove'em up your....:lol:

Buck, you have to admit every defending coach goes though this crap at the begining of the next season.
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Buck, you have to admit every defending coach goes though this crap at the begining of the next season.
Yeah...and all of 'em should regardless if they win the MNC or not. Every program Ken put up there has a guy of weak morals running it. Ohio State has had problems every year for 20 years and one only 1 MNC.

So yeah...the press does pick up on more now than when you are 8-4 but defending any of the programs that were mentioned is laughable.

EDIT: Look at Davis at Miami. They were clean and only solid under him. He's the exception.
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I hadn't heard anything about the Avery Atkins being found dead in his car. I don't know how I could have missed it, but that is just crazy.
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AA wasn't a part of the team and for lack of a better or more sensitive thought he was a thug. Probably should have went to F$U or scUM. Probably would have fit in better there anyway.
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