I have been receiving a lot of e-mails about my appearance on “Outside the Lines” on ESPN Monday and feel I owe the readers a little bit of insight to the situation.
Paul Finebaum, who was doing his segment in Birmingham, made a ridiculous statement comparing Urban Meyer to Tiger Woods. I felt that the host of the show dressed him down properly and came to me with an unrelated question. I wasn’t in the mood to get into a shouting match on national TV with a known Gator hater. In fact, when I found out Finebaum was on the segment I cautioned myself not to get into it with him.
In retrospect, I should have said something, but I’m hardly a TV guy. I was a bit nervous and exhausted from these trying four days. But I should have said something. Obviously, I’m not cut out for TV. The face should be enough of a reason.
This wasn’t a case of me not wanting to look like a homer. I was a little stunned by his statement and didn’t react properly to it.
I think all of you out there know how I feel about Urban and his family. We have an excellent relationship, which is why I should have come to his defense. It was just one of those things where hindsight is 20-20.
If you don’t like the fact that I said Florida is taking a big risk with this move or that it could hurt recruiting, well, that’s my opinion. It could also work out very well for UF. I hope it does. More than anything, I hope Urban finds some peace with whatever decision he makes.