Urban Meyer, You Need to Calm Down

Jim FolsomContributorMarch 25, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators stands on the field before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Oh Urban Meyer. What's with the tough guy routine?

Newsflash, Urban. You're a FOOTBALL COACH! That's all.

You may have the love and admiration of millions of Gator fans including me, but here's something you need to get: It's not all about you. It's about the Gators.

You wanna lose all that love? Start losing. Or better yet, get up one morning, like the day after Christmas, and quit. That'll do it.

So when a reporter quotes one of your players—not misquotes, but a direct quote—and it's not really flattering, you go all "let's go" on him? Really?

Here's another newsflash for you, Urbs. That guy is there to do a job. His job is to keep us, the people who buy the tickets and watch the games on TV, the people who donate the money to the UAA, that are the reason you have that fancy house on the beach, informed.

What? You don't like what I'm writing? You wanna take a swing at me? Let's go, old man. Because I got something for you.

You know why? Because when you take your act to the scrap heap or the NFL or wherever, I'll still be here.

I was here when you were in Bowling Green. I was here when you were in Utah. I'll be here when you're gone.

We were here for Doug Dickey. We were here for Ron Zook. We were here when Steve Spurrier left without any warning. And we were here the day after Christmas for your little surprise. And if you had left, we'd still be here.

That Gator Nation you always say you love so much? That's me. And millions like me. You want all of us piling into your office after football practice? I don't think so.

That's why we send people like Jeremy Fowler. They tell us what's going on. Why? Because we're interested.

You know what interested people do? They watch games. They buy tickets. They buy blue t-shirts and orange hats. They put money in YOUR pocket.

I understand there are reporters out there who are (substitute any slang term for male sex organ here). If I ever meet Paul Finebaum, I'm going to lay him out. If you want, I will gladly tell him half of that knuckle sandwich was from you.

That's not what's happening here. Fowler is doing his job. Here's an idea. Teach your players to watch what they say. If they don't want it printed, then don't say it.

Nobody here thinks any less of Deonte Thompson for what he said. Lord knows we ALL saw him wide open on many plays last year. Many of those plays went for minimal or negative yardage.

If he's excited at the prospect of a new QB who might throw him the ball more often, then good for him. If he doesn't feel like Tim Tebow got him the ball enough, he's not alone.

But to threaten a reporter with physical violence for reporting this? C'mon, Urban. Act your age.

You know, they have a legal term for what you did. It's called assault.

If Jeremy truly is a bad guy, he's on the phone with his attorney right now. And since what you did is all over the Internet, if that's the case, you better just get your checkbook out right now.

My guess is he's not a bad guy. My guess is he's a good reporter. My guess is you owe him an apology. My guess is he better not hold his breath waiting for it.