We’ve stayed away from the goofy, tough guy, “make my day” outburst from Florida coach Urban Meyer, primarily since CFT has that stuff covered quite thoroughly.
The latest? Meyer has apologized.
He should have apologized, and it shouldn’t have taken three days for him to do it. Meyer, in our view, blew a gasket not because receiver Deonte Thompson committed a mortal sin (he didn’t, even though Meyer acts like he did) but because Meyer knows that the flaws in Tim Tebow’s mechanics — Thompson’s implicit message that Tebow wasn’t a “real quarterback” — stick to Meyer more than they do to Tebow.
Look, whether Meyer bears the blame for taking the path of least resistance is a different issue. The bottom line, in our view, is that Meyer is sensitive to the criticism that he has received — and will continue to receive — for the flaws that he left in what otherwise could be a work of football art.
Meanwhile, more than a few of you have pointed out that the folks at ESPN have added some Jimmy Kimmel-style unnecessary censorship to Meyer’s remarks, creating the impression that Meyer used profanity against Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel for having the gall to write down in the paper something Thompson had said. (Here’s the uncensored video, which shows that ESPN bleeped over the phrase, “you’re a bad guy.”)
The only good news? We all now have a better understanding of why Meyer has had periodic stress-induced chest pains. The guy is holding onto the whistle a bit too tightly, and he needs to find a way to relax before it’s too late.