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No matter how Urban Meyer meant it, Auburn's Cam Newton is hard to watch

Urban can't watch He probably didn't mean it that way, but after mostly deflecting questions about Florida-turned-Auburn quarterback Cam Newton all season, Urban Meyer accidentally gave the perfect answer.

Here's the exact transcript from Monday's press conference, where Meyer's quote led to lots of confusion:

Reporter: Do you allow yourself to watch Cam Newton on Saturday? Did you watch him?
Meyer: It’s really hard, I’ll tell you that. I don’t watch much of it.
Reporter: It’s really hard to watch it?
Meyer: Yea.
Reporter: Because…
Meyer: I just think he’s a very good player, and I’m trying to watch more of the teams we play, so I spend my time watching the other ones we’re going to play.
Reporter: So like every Florida fan in the country, you think, ‘What if he was here?’ You let yourself...
Meyer: No, no, no, no. I didn’t say that.
Reporter: Does that ever cross your mind?
Meyer: No.
Reporter: Liar. (Laughter ensues)

A UF spokesman said Meyer told him afterward that he had probably been misunderstood as saying he can't bear to watch Newton because he's been so good since transferring away from UF. To me, it's pretty clear Meyer meant that he doesn't have time to watch much college football outside of the teams he's preparing for. But it also doesn't matter, because anyone with any sense knows that Meyer doesn't like the fact that while his offense is struggling, a player he once coached could win the Heisman Trophy--at Auburn.

(UPDATE: After re-reading that quote a few times, I've had a change of heart. The "I'll tell you that" part doesn't make sense other than as part of him saying it's hard to watch Newton because he's good. Looks to me like Meyer let some honesty slip out and then tried to backpedal.)

Newton balled out once again this weekend, rushing for 217 yards and two scores while completing 10 of 16 passes for 86 yards. He's already set an SEC record for rushing yards in a season by a QB, and he has at least five games left. His second TD run against the Tigers looked like this:

Naturally, Newton's success this year has been a thorn in the sides of Gators fans, with plenty of jokes about how a stolen laptop ruined Florida's offense and complaints that Meyer picked the wrong time to be a disciplinarian when he booted Newton from the program.

A good story, only that's not what happened. Yes, Newton bought a stolen laptop and tossed it out the window when police arrived, but Meyer didn't kick him off the team. Newton left because Tim Tebow decided to come back for his senior year and John Brantley was waiting in the wings.

That's where UF's staff really messed up--they just missed on the kind of talent they had in their hands. The decision was effectively made when Brantley and Newton were freshmen and Brantley got redshirted, meaning he'd be around longer after Tebow's departure. There was also some talk of putting Newton at tight end, though we'll never really know how serious it was.

Newton was never especially impressive to me while he was in Gainesville (my lasting image of him in orange and blue is him dropping snaps. Imagine how much fun that would have been this year!) but this fact remains: Newton is the best player in college football so far this season, and Florida let him get away.

Meyer said a few weeks ago that he had no regrets about the way Newton's disciplinary situation was handled, but he has to wish he had that kind of talent on his team now. That's not something we have to hear from his mouth to know that it's true. It's just common sense, kind of like Brantley doesn't have to say this isn't how he envisioned the season going for us to know this isn't ideal.

For more on the Newton story, check out these two links:

Gator Clause founder and Heat beat writer Joseph Goodman's column Friday and former UF beat writer and current SI staffer Andy Staples' story from this summer.

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LOL the 1 time Urban is harsh with his punishment it's a player 10x better than Tebow.

Urban is ok with stalkers, DUI's, gun charges, fights etc., but alleged laptop thefts is where he draws the line.

dont forget about denard robinson. imagine newton and robinson in the backfield. ha ha ha. diveplay, yeah run it again on 3rd and long.

yaha, i dont think cam is 10x better than tebow. maybe 5x, but 10x better would be Jesus in pads. dear, 5lb baby jesus all in your orange and blue uniform. is that navy or royal? you be the judge. hey addazio reminds me of a used car salesman. with quotes about the best linemen in the country and silly stats. yes this car is very reliable and was motor trends top pick in 1997... it gets great gas mileage when its parked.

It sucks that Newton is hgaving success in a non-Gator uni, but i haven't talked to a single Florida fan who isn't pulling for him.His year in Texas was quite clearly a seminal moment in his life - a large rung below where he should and could have been, much needed playing time and lots of growing up through our old friend, Humility. I hope they win the West.

Besides, Chizik is a Gator.

I agree with all your points about the difficulty in seeing a player you recruited, who chose you and your program, making it happen somewhere else. But, it also has to bother him that Auburn look good while playing loosely, confidently. In a whoduthunkit moment, Auburn is playing exactly how Meyer wishes his team would play.

Hopefully, the staff and the team learn from this year. No one would have thought UF would be flirting with a no bowl season.

More excuses out of the GAtors.....

The countdown to Galen Hall returning to the Lizards has started.

Meyer messed up when he wanted to make him a TE and chose Brantley as the QB of the future. The only problem with this is the gators do not run the type of offense for Brantley to be successful. Do not kid your self. Urban has not slept a wink wondering what could have been with Burton under center. There is no way Urban would kick a player off the team for buying a stolen lap top. He will not even kick a player off the team for threatening to kill his girl friend or driving drunk or firing AK-47s in public or...........

Its funny how quite this site is now Florida is so bad. Come on Gator fans, back your team good or bad! We will not lose 4 straight!


Gators 37 Georgia 3

This year has been great comedy for what ails the country. Seeing Urbie stroke his hair repeatedly while Addazio follows him like an obedient lapdog down the sidelines giving him that "I'm sorry I don't know sh*t boss...you can beat me when the game is over". But hey, not to worry, you Turds have all those 5 * dudes waiting in the wings, right? You don't rebuild, you reload, right? At least that's what your punk Donna Shalala and all his other little boys with derogatory Cane handles spew. Notice how Randy has Butch's balls in a Mason jar but Nicky has multiple pairs of Urbies to display to recruits and their parents...losers.

I miss fake Donna............

Gators 37 Georgia 3

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This place is quiet as a morgue. Who died?

4 loses in a row oh how i wish that could happen, but the truth is Georgia only beats Florida when Georgia is really really good and FLorida is really really bad, so Mediocre Bulldog team against a bad Gator team still results in a UF 38 - UGA- 14 beatdown

If the Turds were to put up 38 on GA....or anybody for that matter...it would be because the defense scored 21 of them. That offense is a joke, and it starts with that wacko pretending to be a center. I know 10 yr olds that can snap the ball to the QB in a shotgun formation better than he can.

Pathetic...

The only reasons Gators are not posting here, is because there are three or four Cane groupies trolling this thing day and night. They are obsessed with Gator Nation. You guys were gone the week after the FSU beating, and now you're back because you beat that impressive Duke team, and the Tarheels who have half their team suspended. Right. Get a life losers! U never even went to da U!

Now Now my little Rico, dont get your superman underoos in a bunch. Hating on the Canes only makes you look more pathetic since your team is not in the top 40.
Now be quiet with the rest of your little gayturd fans and know the beatdown on Saturday by the Dawgs will be very painfull.

And Rico Douche, get new material. The old "you never attended" is old and thrown around by Gatard trash like you all the time.

Now get back in your cheesy BMW 325 with the Heat license plate and hit sout beach and spend your last dime.

Get back in that trailer of yours and shut your mouth Rico. Come up with some new material before you use that dial up and log on here again. Stop all the lies about your life and accept the fact that you have accomplished zip,zero,nada.

EVEN YOUR BLOGGER QUIT!!!!

Posted by: Head for the hills | October 27, 2010 at 08:15 AM

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thats hilarious....

Posted by: Rico Nice | October 26, 2010 at 04:13 PM

You gator tards have been doing this crap on Canes blogs for years. Even now when you SUCK gator fans come on Canes boards pretending to be disgruntled UM fans. It's sad really. The gators are such a joke their own fans are embarrassed to say they are a fan.

Florida's defense is softer than twinkie filling
Dawgs 44
Gators 10

Now its time to run urban outta town....bwahahahahahaha

Oh yea...ur offense sucks as well

Rico Nice - aside from having an excellent first name in his moniker, is correct about the unhealthy obsession Cane fans have with florida.

You "alums" have been seething ever since UF chose not to play Miami anymore. Despite the fact that i didn't agree with the decision then, and wish they'd play every year, the financial reality of the situation is very evident - Florida doesn't need to play Miami. The SEC has marketed itself very well, and if not the reality this year, the perception it has manged to create has/is reaping finacial rewards. Do UF ticketholders like going to watch the Gators play Miami (ohio) instead of Miami, Florida? No, of course not. But as long as the SEC keeps churning out the money it is getting, Florida will not change a thing - because they are making a ton of money, and they don NEED to change a thing.

Miami need Florida much much more than Florida needs to play Miami.

And you all know it.

Mike & Gator fans:

As if things could get any worse - Having Cam Newton kick ass is one thing - he left Florida on good terms, he did what was best for him, and while it hurts to see him do so well in an Auburn uniform, you cannot deny he made the best choice for himself. BUT ... Aaron Murray has always been good, we all knew he'd excel, his parents were Gators, he was down to Florida - and picked Georgia. Of course. How about if he'd chosen Florida? It is conceivable that he'd be seeing quite a bit of playing time here.

He's playing as well as any QB in the SEC not named Cam Newton.

Cam, Murray AND Brantley.

Jesus...

You "alums" have been seething ever since UF chose not to play Miami anymore. Despite the fact that i didn't agree with the decision then, and wish they'd play every year, the financial reality of the situation is very evident - Florida doesn't need to play Miami. The SEC has marketed itself very well, and if not the reality this year, the perception it has manged to create has/is reaping finacial rewards. Do UF ticketholders like going to watch the Gators play Miami (ohio) instead of Miami, Florida? No, of course not. But as long as the SEC keeps churning out the money it is getting, Florida will not change a thing - because they are making a ton of money, and they don NEED to change a thing.

BLAH BLAH BLAH Florida got tired of getting their buts kicked by a small private school end of discussion. Miami made the flagship university in the state of Florida look like chumps.

Yes, Miami did do that. And Florida's athletic department pulled the plug befoire it got worse. Which it was going to get.

But yet here you are.
More than 20 years after that.
Posting on Florida's board.

Doing everything you can to get noticed by Florida's fans.

The term "unhealthy obsession" comes to mind.

If it weren't for the state legislature the gators would not even play FSU any longer. I get soooo tired of gator fans bringing up the money issue as to why uf will not play UM on a regular basis. The last time we played you at that puddle you insisted sec refs officiate the game and that is never done. Oh well I guess it's a good thing we don,t play you this year. It would only bring our strength of schedule down......

Yes, Miami did do that. And Florida's athletic department pulled the plug befoire it got worse. Which it was going to get.

But I thought you said florida did not NEED to play UM. Does Notre Dame NEED to play Navy every year? They have lost to them 3 out of the last 4 I think but they don't drop them.

Florida-FSU:
A red Herring. You don't know that, you certainly have no evidence to support that, and merely assume that Miami and FSU are treated the same. They are not, and never have been.

Florida fans:
They reference the financial "issue" because it's true. If the Gator fans you talk to are in South Florida, they want to play UM as badly as you people want to play Florida. They don't like the explanation they have to give, but its true. If you think it isn't, then you are naive. And i doubt that.

The refs:
The last time ACC refs handled a Florida-Florida State game in Gainesville, a riot almost ensued due to several missed/poorly decided calls which affected the outcome of the game. Since then, home team gets their own conference refs. Miami was punished in '08 for past ACC referee ineptitude during the FSU series. For what its worth, SEC officials have been just as atrocious in that series.

Florida hasn't played this badly in so long, it's odd. I know the U fans have gotten used to it by now, but this mediocre season is new to Florida fans. So any advice from a seasoned UM vet like you on how to cope with a bad, disappointing football season would be greatly appreciated.

So what your saying is you have only been a uf fan for four years? You even lost 4 games as little as 3 years ago. Thats whats amusing about gator fans. You put together A VERY good run the last few years and it's been this way forever. You have only been considered a DOMINATE program for 4 years now. This year....not so much.


But I thought you said florida did not NEED to play UM. Does Notre Dame NEED to play Navy every year? They have lost to them 3 out of the last 4 I think but they don't drop them.

Posted by: You took your ball and went home! | October 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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Notre Dame is an independent, they have their own television contract, much diffrent set of rules.

Notre Dame is much different than Florida.

They have a massive tradition with Navy. As I'm certain you are aware, during WWII, when Navy didn't have anough players because of the war, Notre Dame literally sent/transferred over enough of its football players to comprise the necessary portion of the Navy football team.

That is the type of rivalry it is, very much entrenched in respect and honor, which in those qualities, frankly is beyond any of the rivalries Florida or Miami have/had.

Notre Dame is an independent, they have their own television contract, much diffrent set of rules.

Really? So because you are a member of a conference that conference dictates your OOC schedule? If you were to play Miami every year you would receive less of the SEC pie? Florida does not leave the state for OOC games. They stopped doing that after getting drubbed by Syracuse. Sounds familiar right. Funny how Alabama has no problem playing tuff OOC games but the gators do. Hell, they will even leave the state to do it.

That is the type of rivalry it is, very much entrenched in respect and honor,

Yes it is. You would never see Navy or Notre Dame do a "gator flop".

All of Alabama's traditional rivalries are within the SEC, including its state rival, Auburn.

Florida has FSU as Floirda's traditional instate rival, which is an OOC.


Even Alabama fans would laugh at you for saying they play tough OOC games. This year's PennState game is an anomaly. They will tell you that themselves. They get routinely crushed for their OOC schedule, more so than Florida even.

Since i don't follow, nor do i care to follow, Miami football, please, if you could, list the Miami OOC games for the last 4 years. Then we'll talk some more, if you wish.

Talk about what. You flop more than .......the gators. First you say it's about money. Then you say they pulled the plug because of losing and now you say it's because uf plays with a different set of rules because their in a conference. The bottom line is the gators were getting embarrassed by a small private school.

Alabama's OOC schedule:

2007 - FSU NR

2008 - Clemson #9

2009 - VT #7

2010 - PSU #18

I haven't flip flopped on anything. No offense, but don't characterize my position on the items i've addressed as flip flops just because you are getting confused.

Series was cancelled because Florida was losing and the Gators were getting worse while Miami was getting better every year.
Deplorable to cancel it for that reason. Spurrier thought so too, and made it a condition to his return to coach. But, alas that didn't happen because...

Series has not been renewed because of the landscape of college football has changed DRAMATICALLY. SEC went to divisions soon after Spurrier's arrival, and the required # of SEC games was one more game than it is now. That's no excuse, but it is a lame reason. IMO, Florida felt like it shouldn't schedule Miami, because UF was having a hard enough time with FSU. Which they were. Still could've played Miami, but Miami was still very daunting.

Fast forward to now, and all the $ Florida gets from the SEC, all the clout the SEC has with the BCS. Florida doesn't need to do anything right now. They don't need to do anything but play their required SEC schedule, their (this is for you)"required" game with FSU, hope to come out on top in the SEC East and win the SECCG. And its more likely than not in the BCS title game.

Would I like them to play Miami every year? Sure. Find me a Gator fan that doesn't. But everything is all about money thses days. Think Miami WANTED to bus to those in state games last year? No, of course not. MONEY.

When it becomes financially necessary to play Miami in football again, Florida will approach Miami to play. If i could change that I would.

Pretty sure i asked for Miami's OOC, not Alabama's. I'll make the point on Bama's when i see Miami's OOC for last 4 years.

BTW, I appreciate the discourse. Amazing when one doesn't act like a di(k - not necessarily you - how much convo one can get.

No, you wouldn't. Good point.

But I suppose the Gator Flop would be as unacceptably classless to you as the various and sundry thug-esque vid clips in 30 for 30 the U piece are to lots of people, if the Flop hadn't occurred to Miami. During a UF blowout, to boot.

nothin but excuses out of GAtors..
>heck u got & had worst offenders (drunks, resisstin arrest, threatin 2 kill a woman, restrainin orders, tasered, ak-47's, beatin up women, on ur team then someone who only had stolen property (& huntley wouldve turned that in2 a lost & found case & cam was only tryin 2 find the rightful owner)..
GAtors most valuable player is huntley johnson.

I only provided Alabama's OOC schedule because you stated "Even Alabama fans would laugh at you for saying they play tough OOC games". You know Miami plays a tough OCC schedule every year and I know where your going with it. Why play a difficult OOC opponent and take a chance at a loss when you play a difficult conference schedule. As far as the thug-esque vid clips from the 30 for 30 piece Miami's image was kind skewed of in those days. Kids from the ghetto dancing and talking trash then backing it up on the field. That did not go over to well in white America in the 80's. Were there some truly bad kids on those teams, sure. What people don't realize is the majority of those kids stayed out of jail and graduated. I can tell you without a doubt no UM coach has ever had 30 arrests under their watch.

You don't know where i'm going with this.

Bama:
You listed ONE "tough" OOC opponent. Florida has one every year, FSU. Like Bama - and like MIAMI - the rest are cupcakes. The Miami OOC will likely have one tough OOC, the rest, not so tough.

30 for 30:
I saw it, and you essentially took what Miami graduate/schill Dan LeBatard said.

Your "Miami's image was kind of skewed" is as weak as the Florida "we dropped Miami because they were too good" excuse. Just admit that they were thugs on the field. I thought all of you U fans were very proud of that, and wear it as a badge of pride.

I don't know how old you are now, but back then you could get away with alot more, everywhere. But it would be speculation for me to say that they would have been arrested more. But the TB Irvin story at Club Manhatten would have ended with something these days, in G-ville or Miami, given cell phones, twitter, relentless media.

As a frat boy, I know the kids in G-ville could never do today what we get away with back then.

I don't know how many arrests it is, I just know it is embarrassing, and Meyer has only himself to blame for not dropping heavier hammers beginnig three years ago to stop this crap.

Any arrest that is not a barfight, underage drinking (not in a car), or maybe smoking weed, is an arrest that shouldn't happen in college.

Flaming Rico, we will take out the FSU game since the state stepped in and forced UF to play that game here is your O.O.C. since 2007
West. Ky, Troy(twice),FAU,FIU,Haw.,Canes,Citadel,Miami of Ohio,USF and App.St. leaving the state 0 times
Miami has faced some cupcakes like FAMU(twice),FIU,Marshall and Ch.Southern but the big difference between the 2 schools is Miami is willing to play bigger schools
Sooners(twice),Tx.A&M(twice),now OSU and Pitt with future games against ND,Nebraska and Mich.St. and Miami does leave the state to play these teams
Now go back to making things up about your life and that balding coach of yours

Stop with the self promoting lies about yourself Rico. Its beyond old now. Give it a rest and try something new, nobody is buying into any of your garbage


Flaming Rico, we will take out the FSU game since the state stepped in and forced UF to play that game here is your O.O.C. since 2007
West. Ky, Troy(twice),FAU,FIU,Haw.,Canes,Citadel,Miami of Ohio,USF and App.St. leaving the state 0 times
Miami has faced some cupcakes like FAMU(twice),FIU,Marshall and Ch.Southern but the big difference between the 2 schools is Miami is willing to play bigger schools
Sooners(twice),Tx.A&M(twice),now OSU and Pitt with future games against ND,Nebraska and Mich.St. and Miami does leave the state to play these teams
Now go back to making things up about your life and that balding coach of yours
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We won't take out the FSU game because it is a conference game for Miami, an OOC game for Florida.

That's what this is about.

I'll concede Miami has more home and home series with big teams, I wish Florida would do the same. BUT .. it gets back to what the feel they need to do, and what they feel now, much to many Gator fans chagrin, is that they can keep going the route they are on. Florida has won 2 NCs since the the new CBS/ESPN contract, the SEC gets way more exposure than any other conference, whether deserved or not. Until the SEC clout takes the hit the ACC has taken -look at the latest BCS rankings for the latest example - Florida won't change a thing.

And when Cam Newton wins the Heisman and either undefeated Auburn or 1 loss Bama play in the NC, and perhaps win it, the need to change will be further removed from forseeable future changes to Florida scheduling.

Just keep those 4 road games on that schedule then. The nation wouldnt want to see poor UF have to actually play a schedule like most teams play
2007 4 road games
2008 4 road games left the state 3 times
2009 4 road games
2010 4 road games left the state 3 times
Would you like the NCAA to make it any easier for you guys?

Yep...Hes Blog Bacon Alright! IS BITTER BECAUSE:

UF "gets away" with only playing 4 road games, while Miami doesn't.

UF chooses to not play Miami in football and still manages to sell uot all its home games, while Miami desperately wants and needs to play UF at home every other year to have sellouts during non-FSU games.


Stop obsessing about Florida. They're not that good this year, and have more losses than Miami.


And yet ... here you are, on Gator Clause.
Again.

FU had to hand out tickets to get people to go to their homecoming game. Thats just plain pathetic because there is nothing else to do in that trailerpark town. You just keep on making your excuses for FU while everyone laughs at you. Lets hear the excuse for handing out tickets now

Handing out tickets! that's awful!

The next thing you know Florida will be throwing huge tarps on upper deck seating to cut down on the "seating capacity" of Florida Field!

Hopefully you can attach a link so i can see that and nod my head/stroke my chim in disapproval.I'm not holding my breath though.


Your "Miami's image was kind of skewed" is as weak as the Florida "we dropped Miami because they were too good" excuse. Just admit that they were thugs on the field. I thought all of you U fans were very proud of that, and wear it as a badge of pride.


I never said they were'nt thugs on the field. They were that without a doubt and I loved them for it but that was a differnt era. Thugs on the field is one thing. Thugs off the field is another. No need to pipe up fellow Cane fans. Rico and I were having a civil discussion.



"They were that without a doubt and I loved them for it but that was a differnt era"
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I have to admit i liked them for that as well.
And you're not a college football fan if you didn't love that 30 for 30. Easily the best one yet.

Bro, you will not find a Gator on here - at all, it seems sometimes - let alone one who still tries to defend Meyer's regime for the arrests and the lack of, to use a phrase, "institutional control" over these guys. They don't fear the ramification enough. No matter how stupid any of these players might be, if the punishment is gettin "Mideivel on their ass", they will have enough instinct to fell that pang of hesitation before doing something stupid. Look at The Playmaker on the Tolbert Baines story. TB comes to him, tells him the spiel, Irvin says "Alright TB, let's go see what we gotta do," immediately followed by the "oh God, we are going to get suspended, coach isn't gonig to let us play ..." etc.

I honestly don't think many of the Gator players even feel that level of doubt, hesitation. Really. That's because the coach is NOT punishing the offenders with sufficient severity.

I used to kill Bowden every chance i got on his wrist-tapping punishments, especially in the early to mid 90s.

I can't anymore. That Bowden's at UF now.

Good convo Rico but I am outta here. See you around. Nice to have a civil discussion with a gator fan on here for once.

You too chief, enjoyed it.

That was pretty funny that the Gators ended up giving out tickets to the homecoming game vs. Miss. St. It seems that has happened on quite a few occasions over there

I can deal with UF having a bad season. I can deal with Cam Newton doing well at Auburn. I can't deal with the media hypocrisy and blatant favoritism that paints Cam Newton as the victim or the UF staff as somehow mismanaging the situation.

I keep reading self-righteous sports reporters who one the one hand attack Florida's arrest record and on the other attack them for "allowing" Cam Newton to transfer. And, please tell me, what should have Florida have done to have not "let go" of Cam Newton? Tied Cam to his dorm room bed post? Threatened his family?

You're entitled to your own opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts. Cameron Newton was charged with three felonies - burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice. That is a fact. At maximum he stole the laptop and then destroyed it. At minimum he knowingly and admitted to purchasing a stolen laptop and destroyed it. Obviously, from a legal perspective the willful destruction of property did not assist Newton.

So, yes, news flash for the oblivious: Newton naturally was last on the depth chart. Having been suspended from the team, he wasn't on a depth chart. The only reason Cam avoided serious punishment was because of the UF athletic association relationship with Huntley Johnson, a talented Gainesville defense lawyer who represents all UF athletes. Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, called Huntley Johnson the football team’s "MVP." Johnson worked a plea deal on Newton’s behalf. Any player, including 5-star Cam Newton would have been expected to earn their way back into good standing and a starting role on the team.

Nonetheless Meyer offered Newton a chance, but Newton had no patience to repay his debt, instead opting to show his gratitude to Mr. Johnson, Urban Meyer and the University of Florida by transferring. Whether out of shame or an unwillingness to work he simply quit. That's a fact, Mr. Hinnen. There was no "letting go" of Cam Newton. There was no mismanagement. There was no oversight of his talent. Newton is a grown man and he chose to leave.

Regardless what you think about second chances vis-a-vis Cam Newton and Auburn one can’t attack Meyer for the arrest record of his players and simultaneously attack him for "letting go" of Newton. You don't think Meyer would have liked to have kept Marcus Thomas, Torrey Davis, or Avery Atkins? No doubt had Meyer done what you with perfect sportsreporting hindsight say and Newton been at Florida he'd be attacked by the media for "keeping Cam" as the media will attack Meyer this Saturday should Chris Rainey play against UGA.

GAtors most valuable player is; HUNTLEY JOHNSON

RicoPallazzo, well done!

Stood up for your team without going straight to the gutter.

"Blog Bacon", Curse is not around, no need to claim every Gator fan is Curse Piggy.

Both blogs are reading much better now that he has been outed.

Let's keep it going, by letting them have their discussions and us having ours.

Clearly Meyer did not recognize the talent of Cam Newton, thus trying to deflect the criticism that he was soft on players who commit crimes he went after Newton…not to bright!

If Brantley were smart he would transfer to a school that offers a pro style offense that will best showcase his talents. This would allow him the opportunity to get the training and exposure he needs to play at the next level if he has the talent to do so, which is a big "IF".

Even if Newton had stayed at Florida and Urban came out of the ether and recognized what he had this year’s edition of the Florida Gators have far more serious problems than just the quarterback position.

Making matters worse was all the overblown hype the recruits received and now the Gators have Jimbo Fisher next door who is going to put a major limp in the Gator football program for the foreseeable future.

Coach Meyer did the right thing. I love Cam Newton. I am rooting for him to be there at the end. He paid his dues. He still loves Florida and the University. It is so hard to watch this team this year. Instead of getting 5 star players, why don't be get players that are smarter and willing to learn the system. I have never seen so many uninspired players. We need a Offensive, smart, imaginative coach that can COACH..What happened to our defense this year? I say it is also the coaching. Just get the season over with..This is embarrassing to say the least.

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