For the past year or so, it seems that everything Urban Meyer does, he gets criticized for it by the national media. It will be interesting to see if he takes some heat for apologizing to Orlando Sentinel beat writer Jeremy Fowler after Saturday’s practice. I don’t see how, but I wouldn’t be shocked because, for some reason, there are people out there who seem to find fault in everything Meyer does.
But he should be commended for this. Apologizing for his angry confrontation with Fowler is the right thing to do. In retrospect, I think Meyer realizes he probably should have dressed down Fowler in a more private setting, maybe with a telephone conversation instead of doing it in public and in front of about a dozen members of the media who cover the team on a daily basis.
Meyer said he’s sorry Saturday, Fowler accepted the apology, and now it’s time for everybody to move on. It should die here (even though something tells me there will be some out there who will try to keep it alive for at least another week or so, or longer).
Some are going to wonder now whether someone (maybe Jeremy Foley or Bernie Machen) told Meyer he had to apologize. Does it really matter? The bottom line is if Meyer didn’t feel he needed to apologize, he would not have. Knowing him, I think this was his call.
As for the national story that this became (and the criticism it generated), the positive that comes out of it for Meyer is the message it sends his players (and the parents of those players). Many of the players were talking about that Friday, about how they know Meyer has their back and that they have his.
Meyer offered an olive branch to Fowler on Saturday – and Fowler accepted. Now, it’s time to move on.