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Urban Meyer calls out critical former Gators

GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer spoke at a booster club and alumni association meeting on Saturday in Orlando. Folks, he shot from the hip.

Urban Here's what he had to say about former players being critical of the current administration, according to Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel:

“There’s going to be a time when you don’t win every game you play. There’s going to be a time when someone makes a mistake. If you’re a person who’s going to criticize, we don’t need you around.

“I’m also going to talk about loyalty with our former athletes. Some are welcome, some aren’t. …We want former Gators to come back, but loyalty’s a two-way street. If you want to be critical of a player on our team or a coach on our team you can buy a ticket for seat 37F, you’re not welcome back in the football office.

"You’re either a Gator or you’re not a Gator. It’s real simple. For those who are not Gators keep buying tickets, critique, but if you’re a real Gator, get to know our players. Let’s enjoy the greatest era ... of Gator athletics.”

Anybody got a clue who Meyer might be talking about?

I remember last season when former UF quarterback Shane Matthews (a local radio talk show host in Gainesville) was critical of the Gators' offense. Other than Matthews, I can't think of any former Gators who have been critical of the football team. The whole Matthews thing didn't seem like a big deal to me, but maybe Meyer is sensitive about club members publicly criticizing a fellow member the club? Of course, that didn't stop Meyer from criticizing folks in the NFL on Saturday.

“With all our players, the NFL seems to blame people," Meyer said. "In college, you don’t blame players, you have to coach them. The coaches that blame get fired. In the NFL they blame quarterbacks. You take a quarterback and put him on a lousy team and it’s all of a sudden the quarterback’s fault.

"Alex Smith -- [the San Francisco 49ers] were terrible, worst offense, worst defense in the NFL and it’s the quarterback’s fault. My biggest wish is that these guys go to good places with good coaches, good players, because they’re used to winning."

-jo-

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Hey Joe,

Maybe Urban Meyer was refering to the police dept. Check out the roster of the University of Felons football team. If Urban wants the critics to buy stadium tickets, Urban needs to buy seasons tickets for the whole team at Gator Bait Bail Bonds Agency.

LOL

You mistake UF for the U if you think that your comments are correct.

Matthews was critical of Dan Mullen, the pay calling and formations. There was a little merit.

Seems like there must be something greater than this though that hasn't been reported. Looks like a possible scoop for JO.

I can't think of a former player who has been overly critical of the program. Most that you hear from are very high on the state of Florida football. Maybe someone in the media who is a former player??? I'm stumped on this one.

Coach Meyer is correct.
Our fellow Gators need to do a better job of backing my teammates and me.

Vulcan Alex,

Miami has had one arrest in two years and it was a player who was kicked off the team. Vulcan you are an idiot.

Interesting...

jo is going to crack this caper

Joe, I've give you my last blog hit. You never compliment the Gators without it being left-handed and with that smarmy smirk you display in your photo. And you are the first to jump on anything negative about the Gators. Meanwhile, the Herald's blogger for FSU and the Canes do nothing but slurp them.

Last time, and you can kiss my scaly, Gator derriere!

"given" and "bloggers". Adios!

I respectfully disagree, DarthGatorOne. Our coach and program are THE best in the country, but we are certainly not perfect. We need to be able to take the bad with the good (actually great). We don't need somebody kissing our a** all the time like those other has-been schools. Nobody cares (not even their own fans) about their blogs anyway...

At first I thought you wrote, "I've given you my last bong hit."

-jo-


Joe, I've give you my last blog hit. You never compliment the Gators without it being left-handed and with that smarmy smirk you display in your photo. And you are the first to jump on anything negative about the Gators. Meanwhile, the Herald's blogger for FSU and the Canes do nothing but slurp them.

Last time, and you can kiss my scaly, Gator derriere!

Posted by: DarthGatorOne | April 26, 2009 at 08:20 PM


Wwaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

With that depth of knowledge and journalism, this site is certainly going to miss "DarthGatorOne".

NOT!!!!!

Let's hope he sticks to his word and doesn't return here.

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