A day after Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened the vault and then slammed the door regarding Aaron Hernandez, the folks at the University of Florida opened the earth and removed a brick with Hernandez’s name on it.
Yes, via multiple reports, those in Gainesville who may have helped bury some of the things Hernandez did while in town have dug up the thing that was supposed to bear his name into perpetuity.
It seems a little odd for the Gators to expunge a guy who officially did nothing wrong in Gainesville based on something he only allegedly did after leaving the school. If O.J. Simpson’s bust still resides in the Hall of Fame, then Hernandez’s brick should still be parked in the ground in Gainesville.
Unless, of course, the move represents an implicit concession by the powers-that-be that Hernandez was a problem child at Florida, and that former coach Urban Meyer knew or should have known that Hernandez was unfit to be in the program and, in turn, to be remembered for his on-field accomplishments.