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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: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:19 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

ALso lets compare out of conference schedules.

florida plays florida intl, troy and charleston southern.  thats pathetic.  even for an sec team.  The toughest teams you play are barely ene d1.  they are in the sunbelt.  the worst d1 conference.

ou plays tulsa, BYU at a neutral site and goes to miami.  Thats risky.  Ou doesnt have to do that.  See we like a challenge.  We dont need a preseason out of conference schedule to prepare for the season.  We also dont close out the season against crap like centenary and fiu.

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:06 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

for all the florida fans i have one question.   Got 7?  thats 7 national titles.  i didnt think so.  A couple good years doesnt erase the crap you guys put up before urban meyer. 

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:04 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

I dont remember you guys running free on ou's d.  It was a close game.  We made some mistakes in the redzone.  If not we could have won.  The reason we give up point is because we rest our starters in the 4th quarter.  We dont pad stats.  Also with the current bcs system the sec is screwed.  The sec has a tougher conference.  So you guys cant go undefeated as easily.  See if OU goes undefeated and USC does and florida loses one game they are the odd man out.  Thats why we need a playoff.  Its too tough to go undefeated thru the sec.  you guys couldnt do it either of the last 2 years. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:03 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

florida has 91 000 and 3 million year waiting list   lol

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:00 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

Ok I give the sec credit for beating my sooners, but how are you guys taking away the spotlight from us?  Stoops already makes that much.  We have won more games since world war 2 than any team in college football.  Oh yeah we have 7 national titles.   We also had the heisman trophy winner, not tebow for 2008.  The sec was down last year.  The big 12 was up.  There was so much distractions for the title game that we lost focus.  Not making excuses just being honest.  ALso every ou game is either on a national or regional broadcast idiot.  You forget we sell out 85000 seats and have 10 year waiting lists.  WHen dallas wanted to open up jerry world he called 1800sooners.  The problem people have with cbs is that they prop up the sec because they have an sec contract.  It would be like nbc stating notre dame was going undefeated.  we all know they wont but it gets more viewers because of that.  Sports journalism should be about facts not biased.  Thats the problem we have with cbs. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 3:49 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

oh and texas that was a great showing against OU

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 3:08 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

Please tell me who the other good team was last year in the SEC after Florida, who by the way lost on their HOME field to an UNRANKED SEC TEAM in Ole Miss who finished with 4 losses.

Please don't try to sell me on Georgia or Alabama who finished the year with 2 consecutive losses.


Hook 'em!

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2009 12:54 pm

Urban the latest Four Million Dollar Man

You may come scrub my floors when the Pac-10 and BIG 12 get more titles in the next 4 years than the SEC.Note to Big 12.....defense is more than a term describing a legal battle. Many football team employ a defense so that they aren't forced to score 60 points to beat the other team.

Note to PAC 10....please have at least one other team that represents a legitimate National Title contender. USC is great, but is there any other conference in which the top team loses 9 defensive starters and its QB and is picked by most to win their conference? The cream rises to the top, but when the cup is half full, it just doesn't look as tempting:)

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 8:29 am

Urban the latest $4 Million Dollar Man

Urban Meyer wasn't going anywhere anyhow.  His current offensive system would not make it in the NFL.  What's nice about this contract is that he is paying $1M per year to the scholarship program.  The program will help those who cannot afford to go to college otherwise.  Admirable.  He'll stand to make lots more from Nike and other sponsors who will fork over lots of cash to have the Pride of the Sunshine state adorn its products (wait till Tebow graduates and then watch those endorsement roll in).  I truly don't see Urban running off anywhere anytime soon.  IN the offseason he's already quenched the rumors he's headed to Notre Dame.  He's already said once that Florida was his dream job.  How could he give up the dream?

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:21 pm

Urban the latest $4 Million Dollar Man

How do you spell wanna-be? That would be B -i - g   S - m - o - o - v.

When the Big 12 or the Pac 10 wins 4 of the next 6 championships, the networks will come knocking. Oh, what's that? Oh, nothing. Nope. Thought I heard the networks knocking on the doors of the Big 12 and Pac 10. Sorry.

Until then, looks like you and everyone else will be at the mercy of the SEC and the networks. Yes, everyone will rave as the USC's and OU's and Texas's of the world beat the nobody's by 40 every game. But until you win not 1 but 4 of the last 6 BCS championships, you will be considered being "mopped up'. Hope you like all the Tebow commercials this fall.

Look, I didn't make the rules of the game, just explained them to you as simply as I could.

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