Those who cover the Gators on a daily basis appreciate Urban Meyer. He’s accessible, he’s a good quote, he’ll give you nice anecdotes on players you’re doing features on, he speaks what’s on his mind. He’s open and honest.
Meyer has reached the point where he is asked questions about a wide variety of topics around college football (and sports in general) because his opinion is so respected. He’s like Steve Spurrier in that regard. He has strong opinions and is willing to share them.
But here’s bad news for everybody. Meyer said he’s going to be guarded in what he says from now on after what happened last week.
Meyer was asked about his thoughts on teammates fighting at practice or in the locker room. The question stemmed from reports that two Miami players got into it in the locker room and one suffered a broken jaw.
Meyer responded that he certainly didn’t condone it. Then he revealed what the culture was like at UF when he arrived in 2005 in regards to veteran players mistreating true freshmen in the locker room.
Of course, some took this to mean Meyer was taking shots at former UF coach Ron Zook, even though Meyer never mentioned Zook. But Zook ended up releasing a statement about it, and so did Meyer.
It was much ado about nothing, really. But now, Meyer says he’s basically going to keep his opinions to himself from now on.
“I’m just not going to say much ever again,” he said after a practice earlier this week. “I’ve got to learn to give you what I need to give you and move on. You guys have jobs to do. I’m just not going to say anything (that could be construed as controversial).”