Smearing Urban Meyer & Florida’s recruits

Auburn fans just because you don’t care about academics, don’t impute such a motive to Urban Meyer. Yet that is what Track Em Tigers has done with an attack on the Florida Gator coach.

It stems from this quote Meyer gave about the Auburn limo stunt. Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley wrote, “I think it should,” Urban Meyer told Dooley Noted when asked if the NCAA will get involved. “We’re trying to sell graduation rates and academics and trying the sing and dance routine. The Florida coaching staff will not be riding around in limos or ripping off our shirts.”

The Auburn response is typical nonsense. “…From his answer it’s apparent he still hasn’t gotten over those two whipping by Auburn in recent years.”

From his answer we understand that Meyer uses the university as a selling point. Most of the players who arrive at Florida to play football won’t play pro football; many of these recruits and their families care about academics.

Track Em Tigers writes, “There’s no question that Meyer is one of the top coaches in America. There’s little doubt his program is among the top five nationally. But to say, ‘We’re trying to sell graduation rates and academics’ is like Nick Saban saying he can’t find Gadsden on a map. It just doesn’t fly.”

Gadsden? Why is Auburn always mentioning Gadsden? Something about Gadsden got you upset? I mean something about Gadsden that you can prove, and not BS you read on a message board or heard from someone who knows someone.

Just because Auburn and its Sociology department do not give a damn about academics, doesn’t mean the rest of the SEC shares your attitude about it. Stop imputing your bad traits to others.

Track Em Tigers writes, “I talked to a recruit who attended the Florida-South Carolina game last year and he said he actually put his wallet in his front pocket because of the recruits who were there visiting. He said they were cast straight from the streets of Miami. The only thing Urban Meyer is trying to do is win football games. Don’t give us this crap about graduation rates and academics.”

This is the type of stuff on the Internet that gives blogs and message boards a bad name. “Straight from the streets of Miami” is code for something—oh yeah, minority. Just because a player is a minority doesn’t make them a thief. These code words border on racism, and are a disgusting reflection of football in the SEC. I’m betting if you landed those recruits, you wouldn’t be using such horrible words about them.

The SEC should be better than this. Why isn’t it? Why has it descended to this crass level?