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Letter From the Editor

Timm Matthews

PUBLISHER | FOUNDER

Tom Fireoved

When I see Urban Meyer going off on a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel I can’t help but think he should have stuck with his original plan and retired before he gave himself another heart attack. It’s not that I feel strongly about Meyer’s health but rather I care that he looks like an egomaniacal idiot who reflects badly on the coaching profession. Just to

give you a little background—the reporter did an interview with a Florida receiver who mentioned that the new Gator quarterback is a bit easier to read than Tim Tebow because Tebow would often ad-lib during a play. The player later said he wasn’t trying to rip on Tebow (one of the most successful college players of all-time) but just point out a difference between the two. After the story ran (in which the reporter even tried to explain

that the receiver wasn’t ripping on Tebow) Meyer walks up to the reporter and tears into him in front of other media members. Meyer called him “a bad guy” for writing the story and even threatened him saying if the receiver were his child “we’d be going at it right now.” Really! Nice job coach. Sidebar: Most top colleges don’t spend a lot of money on

marketing since the local media covers them on a daily basis and gets the word out to the fans FOR FREE. That a coach wants to damage that relationship over a non-story is asinine. Meyer, like many coaches, thinks he has to defend his players

at every turn. Take up for them because after all, while they’re old enough to be drafted and sign a scholarship, they really can’t think for themselves and need a bully like Meyer to stand up for them. And you wonder why many college athletes are so ill-prepared for the world when they get out of school or why they themselves act entitled? If that soft-ball story is worth Meyer getting his blood pressure up then he’d better call it quits before a holding penalty against Georgia puts him in the grave. I’ve been around a lot of coaches in my life and it is amazing how

insecure and vengeful many of them are. Even the ones that have won Super Bowls and national championships (Bill Parcells, Bobby Knight) can get furious over nothing. Tom Landry dealt with the media for more than 30 years and I never saw him get ugly or rude to even one reporter but I guess that’s too “Old School.” Just once, I’d like to see the media boycott a team because of a

coach like Meyer and see how well his athletic director and Board of Governors like it. The media is certainly not perfect or faultless in some situations and if there is a mis-truth in a story, the coach has every right to challenge it. But when it’s so petty it really just comes down to one thing…a power hungry coach with a huge ego who thinks he’s bigger than the team and the sport.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | FOUNDER

Timm Matthews

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