GAINESVILLE -- As predicted, the national media is hammering Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer for his conversation with an Orlando Sentinel reporter. If you think all the negative press is a bad thing, you're wrong. The old adage applies here: All press is good press.
Florida Gators football is the most interesting thing going right now in college football. It's spring, for crying out loud. Spring football is usually so boring. Not in Gainesville. In Hogtown, the buzz around spring practice sounds like a chainsaw. Here's a sampling of all the press Florida is receiving today:
BULLYING THREATS ALL PART OF MEYER'S GAME PLAN by FoxSports.com
URBAN MEYER OWES ORLANDO SENTINEL WRITER JEREMY FOWLER AN APOLOGY, by the San Francisco Chronicle
FLORIDA GATORS COACH CONFRONTS ORLANDO SENTINEL REPORTER OVER DEONTE THOMPSON QUOTE, by the New York Daily News
URBAN MEYER ISSUES NEW RULES FOR MEDIA, ESPN.com Page 2
MEYER WRONG -- AGAIN -- IN CONFRONTATION WITH REPORTER, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SO MUCH FOR EASING BACK INTO THINGS, ESPN.com blogger
FLORIDA COACH THREATENS REPORTER OVER RECEIVER QUOTES, Chicago Sun-Times
MEYER GETS MAD, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
MEYER'S BULLY ACT EMBARRASSES FLORIDA, Fanhouse.com
URBAN MEYER DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT, Topeka Capital-Journal
URBAN MEYER: THE SMOKE MONSTOR OF COLLEGE SPORTS, Fanhouse.com
DID URBAN MEYER GO TOO FAR?, Birmingham News
FLORIDA NEEDS TO CONTEMPLATE URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAM, Fanhouse.com
What do all these headlines tell us? Well, for starters, it tells us that Fanhouse.com needs a content editor. Seriously, do three columnists really need to weigh in on this one topic? Besides that, it tells us that Florida is the most talked about college football team in the country.
You know who's not ripping Meyer right now? Florida fans. That's all that really matters, right? During the Canes' heyday, did all the negative national press hurt UM? No, it actually fueled UM's success. The same logic applies here.