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Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

Posted on: August 3, 2009 6:38 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2009 10:53 am

The Orlando Sentinel recently began a series on tough economic times in college athletics this way:

The signs are there, as plain as a Penn State helmet. Athletic departments are bleeding money. Budgets are being slashed. Coaches are going on furlough. Sports are being eliminated.

After decades of excess, is the financial meltdown about to bring nuclear winter to college sports?

Not at Florida, not in the SEC. You might have heard that Urban Meyer received a raise to $4 million per year. You also probably noticed that no one blinked.

1) Nick Saban is already there. Bob Stoops is set to make $5 million (with bonuses) in 2011.

2) Meyer is kicking back $1 million to the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.

3) Florida isn't on the hook for one dime of the deal. The University Athletic Association is a separate entity that funds UF athletics.

4) If anything, Meyer is underpaid. I mean, two national championships in four seasons?

So we're supposed to be outraged that the state's highest paid employee is the football coach. The only outrage should be at Florida State and Miami (Ok, it's a private school) that those schools aren't earning it.

You knew the raise was coming, but it is the first sign that the SEC is going to further monopolize the sport. It has the best coaches, it will continue to sign the best players. Get used to the SEC winning three national championships in a row and four out of six.

Don't forget league teams have yet to get paid from the monster $3 billion contract with CBS, ESPN et al over the next 15 years. When it does, each of the 12 schools will receive a $17 million check each season. So can Florida afford Urban Meyer? Yes. Should we be outraged. No.

Florida couldn't even win the buyout battle. Meyer owes the school only $500,000 if he jumps. That's tip money for the highest paid coach in the SEC.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Florida

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 1:27 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

I'm a Gator and SEC fan thru and thru; however, no one can discount the Big 12 South over the last several years. Ok's defense was underrated last year and the mind boggling offensive production from the Big 12 South was impressive even if defenses as a whole conference could have been better.

Consider this though, UF, OK, and Texas all lose some of the best QBs to play the game after this year. Could there be a shift in the powers in the near future? Probably not but it should be interesting:)

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 7:28 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

bish09 your an idiot. Did florida not beat you less than year ago. The Sec is already the hardest conference almost every year, Their SOS will always be better than Choklahomo, Texas tech and mizzou are good once every blue moon,

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 2:10 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

How will you feel if you lose. Will you still think SEC is the greatest or now would it be the Big 12

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2009 10:49 am

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

i think you mean before spurrier, some of that so called crap was Big Game Bob. He was defensive coordinator for thier title run in the 90's. So your right I guess he is crap. How many bcs games has he won? I forget.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 10:03 am

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

Hook'em? Come on really....It's more like "Got milk". 

You guys got pot boy Ricky Williams and Mack Brown to hand your hat on....Good luck with that.

Oh yeah, thanks for another College Baseball National Championship this year.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 9:59 am

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

Oh how I would LOVE to play OU again in another National Championship game......

-From LSU and Florida Fans

I think USC is the only other team that has the speed and players (and a defense) to compete and maybe win another National Championship other than LSU or Florida.  I think Alabama could get there on Saban's defense and a clock management QB (but this would mean Bama would have to find a QB that could read and tell timeSurprised).

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 9:35 am


I'm not discounting what Florida and Lsu along with the SEC have done over the last 6 years. But in reality you have to add both schools together to get the same number of championships that OU already has. So they are trying to catch up, but lets not forget who we have been watching over the years of football. It hasn't been Florida and LSU winning National championships. Thank goodness Alabama was there for the SEC or it may not exist today. So the SEC will ride this bandwagon now. But we know it that OU wont lay down. They still win there conference almost every year and play in the national championship game almost every year. This will be the year OU wont have to play the home team  ie Florida in Florida, Lsu in Louisiana, and USC in California.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 8:30 am

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

You're funny.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2009 5:11 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

I saw the list of the top paid college football coaches and it was funny seeing Charlie Weis at number two. Four years at Notre Dame and his one claim to fame is he almost beat USC once! The next three years the Trojans dragged the Irish from one end of the field to the other. In 2008 they didn't gain a first down until the last play of the third quarter. He was also able to lose to Navy for the first time in 44 years. Schematic advantage my ass!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:22 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

even with our pathetic sched and your tough sched , florida;s sos will be better, thats just how it is. And yes ou may have 7 titles, but you dont have last years nor the up and coming , peace

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