There are so many things wrong with how Ohio State coach Urban Meyer responded to accusations of negligence while coaching Aaron Hernandez at Florida. As Hernandez faces a murder trial for his alleged role in the death of Odin Lloyd, multiple accusations of his checkered past continue to develop, including a possible role in a 2007 Gainesville shooting while with the Gators.
Rather than take the high road, Meyer decided to make this about him, as he typically does. What more do you expect from the man who ran away from Florida only to coach at Ohio State two years later?
“Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible,” Meyer said in response to an e-mail from a friend mentioning criticism of his handling of Hernandez and other players while in Gainesville.
Urban Meyer is and always has been a “me guy”. The fact that he basically says “don’t blame me, it’s not my fault” in the wake of serious murder charges once again shows the massive ego of Meyer.
To say that the head coach of a major football team is completely unaware of any altercation and legal issue involving his players is absolutely ludicrous. SEC football coaches, especially at championship programs, are some of the most powerful people in their state.
Do you honestly believe that if his starting tight end on a championship contending team was probed for a murder that Meyer would be completely unaware of his potential involvement? What about the fact that Hernandez was never disciplined by him or the team?
It’s easy for Meyer to escape criticism when the face of his program is Tim Tebow, a polarizing figure who spent his spring breaks on mission trips, but the Florida program under Meyer was otherwise similar to a jailhouse. 31 total Florida players were arrested during the 2005-2009 span in which Meyer coached the Gators, according to the New York Times.
But don’t blame Urban Meyer. He had “no idea” that his players were being questioned and accused during his time at Florida. Because the word of a man who said he would never coach again can only be trusted for about one season and then forgotten.