On Wednesday, University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer publicly berated an Orlando Sentinel reporter, Jeremy Fowler, for a story Fowler had written (apparently accurately) quoting a Florida player. In the video below Meyer gets in Fowler’s face, calling him “a bad guy” and telling him that if the player had been Meyer’s son “you and I would be going at it right now.”
The player was trying to praise his new signal caller, dubbing him “a real quarterback,” and by implication took a shot at departing QB Tim Tebow.
Today we read that Meyer met with the reporter for 20 minutes in private Saturday and, according the the reporter, apologized for his comments.
If the coach wanted to teach his players a real lesson — he would have apologized in public — the same way he attacked the reporter.
An additional lesson would have been to explain to the team that if you say something to reporters you may well read it in the paper or see it on TV. So THINK before you speak. If what you mean is that the new quarterback is more TRADITIONAL than the old one — say that. But if you say the new guy is a REAL quarterback…live with the consequences.
When asked about the alleged apology — Meyer declined to comment. Way to show your players to take responsibility for your acts, coach.