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Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

Posted on: December 27, 2009 10:02 am
 
And I don't mean he got lucky to recruit Tim Tebow. I don't mean that at all.

I mean, my first thought when I read Urban Meyer's quotes that he was resigning because he had to look out for his health and future, was this:

Who was looking out for Tim Tebow's health and future when he was allowed to play in the Gators' very next game after suffering that horrific concussion against Kentucky?

If you're thinking I'll never let that story go, you're probably right: I'll never let it go. Urban Meyer gambled something that wasn't his to gamble. He gambled that the doctors, who were guessing, and that Tebow himself, who was hoping, were right. He gambled that Tebow would be OK if he played against LSU.

The gamble worked, obviously. Tebow didn't suffer another concussion Oct. 10 against LSU. But what if he had? We'll never know what would have happened next. But I know this: That day against LSU, Urban Meyer gambled something that wasn't his to risk.

That said, good for Meyer for resigning at the height of his coaching powers, putting his family and his future ahead of his personal ambition.

But shame on him for not doing the same for Tim Tebow on Oct. 10.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Urban Meyer
 
Comments

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

DEAR MR.( SHORT-SIGHTED AND INSULTING) DOYEL,

SINCE YOU WRITE SO ARROGANTLY, YOU MUST FEEL AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD. SADLY, THERE WILL COME A TIME IN YOUR LIFE, AS IT DOES FOR ALL OF US,  WHEN ALL YOUR SELF DELUSIONS: PRIDE, ARROGANCE, SELF-ASSURANCE, AND THE POWER TO INFLUENCE COUNTLESS BEER-GUZZLING JUVENILES WILL BE WIPED OUT.

AT THAT POINT, YOU WILL EITHER ENTER THE LIVING DEAD, OR ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF. GOD, IN LOVE, WILL HEAR YOU AND SAY " MEET MY SON". IT WILL BE THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE. THEN YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TIM TEBOW ALREADY KNOWS.

PBRUTTER



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 4:40 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

Certainly one could see it that way, another could be that Tebow came back as soon as he was able to, the play calling was vanilla and didn't expose Tebow to blunt force and tackle trauma like he suffered. Tebow's a football player, he used one of his nine lives on the concussion. Youngsters bounce back, football players play thru injury and Tebow is going to the NFL where that is commonplace. Maybe Tebow should withdraw from the NFL combine and draft ? If the long term effects of concussions are that health concern and issue, the whole system of cfb and NFL needs to be shut down ? With Meyer, he's mid 40's, with the heart problems and cyst, too much going on inside him to ignore finally. With Tebow, he has his whole career ahead of him, maybe there's a day when Tebow makes a similar announcement, maybe a day when the NFL doesn't have a spot on the roster anywhere and that it's a forced retirement, the process of being cut, waived and so on ?



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:54 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

What if Columbus hadn't set sail for the Americas?  (But he did)  What if the allied forces hadn't defeated Nazi Germany?  (But they did)  What if Eve hadn't taken a bite out of that apple?  (But she did)  What if Alexander Graham Bell hadn't invented the telephone?  (But he did)  What if Fleming hadn't discovered penicillin?  (But he did)  What if Al Gore hadn't invented the Internet?  (I wish he hadn't, so I wouldn't feel the need to respond to this pointless drivel)  At the end of the day, Urban Meyer made an informed decision to play Tebow against LSU, and all's well that ends well.  Move on, loser.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

This recycled attempt by Doyel is likely just to meet a quote.  Apparently, he either gets paid by the post or has a minimum threshold (e.g. one per week minimum) and instead of providing any depth to his opinion/example he just lobs it out there and goes back to the egg nog.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

Doyel is right that no one should ever gamble on the health of a player like that.  If it's a knee or a leg, sure.  A head?  Sit them down.  That said, let it go, man.



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:28 pm
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

I could not agree more with your comments about Meyer.  I would add that he is also bailing out just when the situation at Florida is looking its worst since he arrived.  He's already losing half his offense in Tebow plus defensive leader Brandon Spikes, leading receiver Riley Cooper and a number of other early departures for the draft.  Furthermore, Meyer's defensive coordinator, Charlie Strong, has left for Louisville and the offense was clearly lacking this year under Dan Mullen's successor, Steve Addazio who ran a boring offense to say the least.  The so called "Dynasty" at Florida was facing it's toughest challenge and what does Meyer do, quit when the going gets tough!



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 11:50 am
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

A little harsh, but right on target. Meyer was not infallible. And at times he wasn't even right.

What is interesting to me, though, is that his walking away is being heralded as heroic. There has not been a hint of suggesting that his inability to cope with the pressures of a head coaching job is anything other than a sign of bravery. Do you think Charlie Weiss felt pressure (And he's got an extra hundred pounds working his heart)? Or Rich Rodriguez? Or Bowden or Carroll or, hell, name one. All coaches feel pressure. The pressure in Gainesville is no worse than the pressure in Knoxville or Ann Arbor or South Bend. The job of being the UF football coach is no more stressful than being the head coach at texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska or Ohio State -- any other big name program. Or the pressure of being a defense attorney with a client on death row. Or a surgeon. Or an air traffic controller, or pilot, or a soldier in Iraq walking the streets of Bagdad. 

Men step up. I have no doubt this is what Meyer has been preaching to his various teams. Men step up. They do their jobs. And they deal with what comes along with that.  

If Meyer loves coaching football but lacks the ability to change his lifestyle to accomodate both coaching and living, what exactly does it say about him? And what does it say about what he has been teaching UF players for the last five years? They, in their lives -- and certainly right now -- may not have the option of just walking away when things get too hard. Or when they lose a game (or a case or a patient or a child or a buddy) they really wanted to win.

I look at Meyer like a lottery winner right now. He got his big money, and now he wants to go hang out on the beach. Can't blame him. But to cannonize him -- to pretend this was anything more than the actions of a man who has decided to run away -- does a disservice to all those who keep fighting, who find a way to make their work be a part of them, not all of them. 

Thanks for the article. I'm a Florida grad who, admittedly, remembers another head coach leaving. He said he was tired of the job, maybe wanted to do something different. And to this day, many Florida fans call him a quitter. What will they say of Meyer? Probably nothing. See, he quit because of his health.   



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 11:36 am
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

Usually like Doyel, does a good job getting a rise out of people, but this post is just dumb. Shame on him for following doctor's advice in both cases? There is some guessing in most medical opinions, it's why they call them opinions, not facts.  I personally thought Tebow should have sat that game too, but if doctors and player both give a thumbs up why should medical laymen like Meyer, Doyel, etc think they supercede those opinions? Doyel was wrong to so adamently criticize Meyer then, and still is now, but since it's opinion (and therefore a guess), I will drop it. Let's see if Doyel can do the same. Good luck to Meyer.



Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 11:05 am
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

One big difference, doctors proclaimed Tebow fine.  Doctors also told Meyer to quit.

Doctor's medical opinion or Doyel's medical opinion?  You decide...



Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 10:34 am
 

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

Enjoy your stuff. But the Tebow concussion thing is silly to keep harping on. You make it sound like the games were back to back. Which if you recall, there was a bye week in between the hit and the next game he played. If there was even a hint of a medical issue after all of the exhaustive testing that was performed on Tebow. I firmly believe that Meyer would not put him or any player in harm's way.

I know being antagonistic is what pays the bills for you. But please, enough with something you were clearly wrong and ill-informed about.


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