Friday, September 17, 2010

Meyer: "It's not a dirty program"

I want to break down University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s presser regarding recently arrested player Chris Rainey as well as other's arrested during Meyer's tenure at UF...

"I try to evaluate everything about our program," Meyer said Thursday. "I'm real upset about that. After a while, enough is enough. If there's something we can improve on, we're certainly looking into that. It's like if our graduation stinks, then we've got to improve that. If there are other issues in a program that's our job to get it better. People making stupid mistakes, that's something we've got to correct."

I want to preface this with Meyer might be the best college coach today and is arguably the best at evaluating talent. Now, evaluating character is a completely different story. 30 arrests by 27 players in his tenure is no longer coincidental, but a matter of anticipating the next infraction.

If Meyer’s so serious about "enough being enough" then why is Rainey considered suspended instead of dismissed? I understand there’s due process, but set a precedence, man. It’s not like Rainey made the text vague. It’s a clear-cut threat. End of story.

"I don't care," Meyer said when asked if he was concerned the program being perceived as "dirty."

"We do our best to win games. Dirty program? It's not a dirty program. We follow the rules and some guys make mistakes and we've got to correct those mistakes. We follow the rules. We do it the right way at Florida and we have to do a better job with correcting some of the people making mistakes."

The "right" way? Suspending players for a game and then allowing them back on the field and/or team is not doing things the "right" way. It’s actually considered "dirty." What I find hilarious and hypocritical—and I’m not painting everyone with one broad stroke because every fan base has their jerks—is that the majority of Gator fans have crucified Bobby Bowden, Mark Richt, and Pete Carroll for doing the same thing Meyer is currently doing. According to Florida fan, those coaches should be held accountable. Well, why is Meyer exempt?

When reading Facebook and the message boards, the majority of fans want Rainey to be let go. Not one person though has pointed a single finger Meyer's way. You mean to tell me if this was Nick Saban no one would say he needs to be liable and take some of the blame? You're a lair if you say you wouldn't acknowledge such statements.

Asked what Rainey has to do to get back on the squad, Meyer responded: "I don't know."

Wow, way to stand up and take charge of your team there, Urb. "I don’t know?" Don’t run for any political positions. I’m pretty sure you’ll get crushed with thoughtful and insightful answers as, "I don’t know."

In other words, you’re waiting to hear what the law has to say because you know as well as the rest of the college football world that you have zero experience at wide out and a lack of play-maker, especially if Rainey is shown the door.

This is the quintessential definition of "dirty program." The cat's certainly out of the bag, and Meyer's, as well as the University's reputation, hangs on the looming Rainey decision.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's NOT Good to be Chris Rainey

University of Florida wide receiver/athlete/loud mouth Chris Rainey was arrested on stalking charges after sending his on again/off again girlfriend a text that read, “Time to die.”

Rainey allegedly went to his girlfriend’s home to find out where she was after he called her multiple times and she didn’t respond. He sent her the cryptic text and she immediately called police.

Rainey’s best remembered for all of these brilliant quotes.

The question now becomes, “What to do with Rainey?” Urban Meyer’s tenure at UF has been a cyclical collaboration of success and demise. Win a National Title…get fifteen players arrested.

Does Meyer do the right thing and boot Rainey off of the team? I say he won’t. Of course he needs the facts to surface first, but facts aren’t as fun as playing Devil’s Advocate.

What if Meyer’s daughter received a text like that from her significant other? Rainey has been in Urban’s doghouse on many occasions and this should be the last straw, but considering Florida is thin with experience at wide receiver I fully expect Rainey to be back by the Kentucky game. I’ll honestly be shocked if Meyer releases Rainey from his scholarship.

As I write this, it seems that Rainey’s charges have already been dropped, which isn’t really a surprise. I still need to confirm. He’s a future multimillionaire. Of course she dropped the charges!

Should they be dropped and taken lightly? The “Oh, he’s not serious” line doesn’t exactly apply here and this isn’t a joking matter, especially with nut jobs coming out of the woodworks. Do you really need me to spell out the loonies we’ve seen over time that have done something heinous and when witnesses are interviewed they’re wide-eyed and stunned saying, “He was so quiet” or “Everyone loved him. He was such a great guy and would never hurt a soul.”

Bottom line: revoke his scholarship and kick him off of the team. There’s no place for this sort of behavior in any facet of life