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Urban Meyer on Gator arrests:: 'Enough is enough'

Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida head coach Urban Meyer is, as you could probably guess, not terribly thrilled with the latest news about Chris Rainey's arrest. Here's what he had to say to the Palm Beach Post:

“I’m real upset about that,” he said about the arrest total. “After a while, enough’s enough. If there’s something we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation rate stinks, then we’ve got to improve that. If there’s other issues in the program, that’s our job to get it better. People making stupid mistakes – that’s something we’ve got to correct.

“We follow the rules and some guys make some mistakes and we’ve got to correct those mistakes, but we follow the rules, we do it the right way at Florida. We have to do a better job of correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

That's strong rhetoric, and not really out of character for the strong-willed Meyer. Unfortunately, equivocation isn't out of character either, to the point where we've been conditioned to expect wiggle room out of what should be an airtight statements like Steve Addazio's "He's no longer a part of the team" and Meyer's "He's not with us." Sure enough, Rainey's suspension is merely indefinite, and even if he's kicked off, is what Rainey did all that worse than, oh, letting off an AK-47? And since it's not, would Rainey or anybody else even believe his dismissal is permanent?

In other words--if Urban Meyer really wants his players to play by the rules, he'd probably be wise to make them fear breaking the rules first.

Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Urban Meyer on Gator arrests:: 'Enough is enough'

I agree with your last line 100%. Meyer can talk till the cows come home. But do his players fear him? No way. If you win you get the keys to the jail. Meyer will never step up and take the keys away from the inmates, unless his boss tells him he has to. When and if he ever cracks down on the thugs and starts to run a clean and tight ship, then he will lose recuits because they cant have the keys to the jail anymore. Sure every school including UGA has arrest. But no program has had the type of arrest that Meyer has. From using a dead girls credit cards before she was even in the ground to sending this its time to die text. Other program have players that are arrested for under age drinking or dui. Meyer has thugs, but gator nation says its ok because they win. Meyer will never take the keys away from the inmates.


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