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Here's why Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer closes practice

GAINESVILLE -- Ever wonder why college football teams close practice to the media and fans? The reason why, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer: So he doesn't have to answer questions every day about position battles, schemes and individual players. During two-a-days, the constant scrutiny can become too much of a distraction.

"Some people say it's scheme and I think there's some truth to that," Meyer said. "For example, 'Why was so-and-so not running with the ones? Why was this guy doing this? Why was this guy doing this?' We're just too busy to worry about that. I don't want it in the media that ... Like, I'll have a parent say to me, 'You haven't mentioned my son in a couple weeks.' OK. I can only imagine if you come out to practice and say, 'OK. Jelani [Jenkins] is running with this group.' And I get a phone call from someone else. It's just distraction. Where in the spring it is not."

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