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Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Posted on: November 4, 2009 11:33 am
Edited on: November 6, 2009 9:23 am
In what might be the first test of the SEC's new edict against critical coaches, Florida's Urban Meyer criticized what he perceived as a missed call Saturday vs. Georgia.

Georgia's Nick Williams seems to hit quarterback Tim Tebow late on this play. During the SEC conference call Wednesday morning, Meyer said, "That should have been a penalty in my opinion."

That seems to put Meyer in danger of being suspended or fined per the law laid down Friday by Mike Slive. When I talked to the SEC commissioner on Saturday, he was adamant about coming down hard on any further criticism of officials or calls. Slive is the sole arbiter of the penalties and will apply them with discretion.

Does Meyer's comment qualify?

Spikes was suspended for the first half of this week's Vanderbilt game. Later, Spikes suspended himself for the entire game.

It's now Friday and there are critics in the media asking when and if the SEC is going to do something. It's obvious Meyer is going to coach this week, but will Meyer be around for next week's South Carolina game. What the SEC office cannot do is stay silent. Slive created this situation, he is going to have to rule on each one individually. We clearly seem to have a violation here, but how severe?

C'mon Mike.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Florida, Georgia

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2009 8:59 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Wait until Tennessee loses a few more of its thug recruits to legal troubles.  Also, you will see that Lane Kiffin is NOTHING SPECIAL when his father Monte retires.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2009 4:28 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2009 8:13 am

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

" It was a missed call plain and simple and nothing should be done to Meyer."

Nope.  It is not really that simple at all. 

Alabama and LSU both won games they should have lost because of officiating.  Some say UF may not have won without a bad call too.   The gag order was intended to keep coaches from bringing media attention to undeserved wins and thereby hurting the SEC's reputation (aka bowl revenue).  Well, either that or the games were fixed and it's a cover-up.  If the SEC does nothing then it's pretty clear the gag order is intended to protect favored teams.  Which is a little bigger than a simple missed call.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2009 12:09 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Let me guess, one of your names is Julio and you never actually went to college.  Canes suck!

Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2009 10:13 am

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

So, according to the Gator Nation, Spike's attempted eye gouge is a part of football and roughing the passer is call for outrage.


(my head just exploded)

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2009 1:03 am

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Henry you should really settle down.  You are getting your blood pressure all worked up.
You really have a lot of Gator hate inside you.  I wrote something earlier on another board (look it up in my profile if you care) about why so many out there dislike UF.  I get it...I really do.  People get upset and take cheap shots on these boards.  They like to take the successful, rip em up and bring em back down to their level.  I really feel sorry for those types.

Try writing something positive about a team that you follow...might make you feel better.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:48 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

First off I agree with you 100% that with not even good zebras but with normal officiating, UF is 6-2.

Second, I understand that a president of a league does not want every coach in the league after every loss to say, "The officials blew it!"  However, from what I have seen, the criticism of the SEC referees was NOT a broad stroke "officials suck" comment.  Most of the postgame interviews that I have seen(and I dont claim to be an expert in this by any stretch of the imagination), have been specific comments about a specific play or call.  I think Slive has taken this to the next level, there is pointing out mistakes which SHOULD ABSOLUTELY be done and there is criticism or blaming officials for losses.  Issuing a "gag order" further infuriates the fans and gives the impression of cover up.

Third and most important, any given Saturday, there are four elements generally that make up a football game......Players, Coaches, Referees and Fans!
One of these PAYS to be there
One of these is NOT compensated
and TWO are compensated, yet only one of these two groups that are compensated recieve fines!!!!  Interesting
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Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:46 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Laughable to see all these Gator hypocrites trying to defend Meyer because "he's right."

The other SEC coaches who drew reprimands from Slive were right , too--about laughably ridiculous calls that were made solely to keep Florida and Alabama in the national championship hunt, calls that no college football official at that level could get wrong unless they were trying to get them wrong.  What does being "right" have to do with not publicly criticizing the officials?  That is the stupidest defense I've ever heard.

No, if Meyer is not suspended, the entire country will know what most us who follow the SEC already know--there is a different set of rules for Florida and Urban Meyer; or, alternate title, Jeremy Foley Has a Big Checkbook !

Beyond that ludicrous non-defense, the other funny thing about this story is Urban Meyer--yes, Urban Meyer --complaining about a cheap shot!  The man who originally suspended his sociopathic goon Spikes for ONE ENTIRE HALF after Spikes deliberately tried to blind an opposing player . . . the man who is running a halfway house for felons down there in Gainesville . . .  is whining in public about a borderline late hit???  Really?  What's the arrest count down there now, Gator Fans?  Or have they lost count??  What a sleazebag . . . what a repository of filthy hypocrisy UF football is.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:15 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

"For the foreseeable future there will be no reprimands," Slive added. "We will go right to suspensions and fines."

If Slive doesn't want to be seen as playing favorites, Herban gets suspended per Slive's edict.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 7:51 pm

Meyer first to test SEC suspension or fine?

Kiffen said he was probably going to get the same letter that Petrino received that means nothing. He was goading the SEC into doing something to him. Meyer wasn't trying to rile up the SEC officials. He said he sent the video to the league and that he felt the official on the spot missed the play. Probably because, like Tebow, he was watching the ball.

We are only hearing about it now because a reporter asked him at the weekly SEC conference call about the play. Of course Dodd doesn't mention how it came about. Just that Meyer was challenging the mighty SEC.

Spikes takes a cheap shot and he gets villified justly. Williams takes a cheap shot and Urban Meyer gets villified. How does this work? I don't like him all that much. He's a hell of a mercernary. Any team would be lucky to have him for the right price. But Urban Meyer is in the right here regardless of missed calls in his favor in prior weeks. But everyone just keep running the same lines about Florida being bailed out. None of the blown calls ended the game.

Arkansas: The personal foul put Florida on the 10. Arkansas had forced 2 turnovers inside the 10 already. The score tied the game. Arkansas didn't score and Florida did. The penalties didn't cost the Hogs the game. Their kicker and poorly thrown passes did. By the way, the same poor officials missed a blatant hold against Jermaine Cunningham on the TD that gave Arkansas the lead. But we don't care because it's mean old Florida and the poor little underdog.

LSU and Miss State had no chance of winning either game. Florida's defense dominated both. Neither showed any ability to be able to score enought to beat Florida. 9 points between them.

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