Posted by Tom Fornelli
Ever since the news broke about Cam Newton and the NCAA's investigation into his recruitment, rumors have surfaced that Newton's former head coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, was the whistleblower on the case. While there hasn't been any proof, rumors don't need facts, they just need people to start them and watch them spread. Plus, when you consider that former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is guilty of doing the same thing in the past, in a lot of minds, that only adds credence to the rumor.
Well, Urban Meyer wants you to know that the rumors aren't true. Meyer told The Gainesville Sun that the rumors of his involvement in the Newton investigation are "ridiculous."
"Obviously, it's a joke," Meyer told the paper on Tuesday. "I don't know anything about anything. I heard they've got me meeting with the agent and all that. I never met with anybody. It's ridiculous.
"... we had a great relationship right up until the time he left. Cam and I and his family always had a great relationship. I don't know where this is all coming from. But it didn't come from me. I know nothing about nothing."
For some reason reading that last quote, I envision Meyer as Edward G. Robinson in some old gangster movie talking to the cops. "I don't know nothing about nothing, see. You'll never catch me, copper."
Meyer can deny the rumors all he wants, and whether he's telling the truth or not, most minds have already been made up on the situation. Personally, I'm not entirely sure what's truth and what's fiction. I had severe doubts that Meyer was involved until I heard The New York Times' Pete Thamel on Paul Finebaum's radio show on Monday afternoon.
Finebaum asked Thamel straight up about whether or not Meyer was one of his sources for the story, and the way Thamel dodged the question was somewhat suspicious in my opinion. To me, if Meyer wasn't involved, all Thamel would have had to say was that Urban had nothing to do with it. The fact he didn't do that, well, it makes me somewhat suspicious.