College football and basketball presents many opportunities for those associated with the games to speak with the media. Usually “They said it” brings you the absurd words they use. Today we bring you both the good and the bad.
We start in the SEC and with Florida coach Urban Meyer, you know, the “fresh from a vacation to bring balance back to life Meyer.”
“You’ll be out of practice —you understand that? —if you do that again. I told you five years ago: Don’t mess with our players. Don’t do it. You did it. You do it one more time and the Orlando Sentinel’s not welcome here ever again. Is that clear? It’s yes or no.”
This is a portion of what Meyer said as he dressed down Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler. What was the offense Fowler committed? He actually quoted what Gator receiver Deonte Thompson said about the excitement he has about working with a real quarterback this year.
The quote from Thompson came in the middle of a story about his desire to have a breakout season with a quarterback that was going to stay in the pocket as opposed to being a scrambler like Tim Tebow. Nothing good or bad about Tebow.
Meyer was flat out wrong and should speak with his players about how to talk with the media. Florida officials should discipline the out of control coach and apologize for his behavior. It would also be good to see Meyer extend an apology for his absurd behavior.
The man is a great coach, but he sure does seem to lack much in the way of class.
Next is Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson as he discussed his contract extension at Northern Iowa:
“We really feel like that right now this continues to be a great fit for what we're doing as a family and for the relationships that we have on campus and in our community, We feel great about it personally, And professionally, you know, it's about the fit. We've got tremendous support from our president and from our administration. This basketball program has moved forward light years in the nine years that I've been on campus, because of the support, because of the things that we've had happen from a support standpoint.”
We cheer Jacobson for displaying a rare commodity in coaching: loyalty. We also respect the consideration of his family in reaching a decision. Hmmm, that makes me think about Urban Meyer again, but we have already covered his choice of football over his daughter in an earlier “they said it.”
Coach, we applaud you, but hope you thought about the long term consequences of your decision. The light will not always shine this bright on Northern Iowa and opportunities won’t always be so readily available.
If you do decide to go at some point, well, we hope there is an opportunity available that is worthy of your effort.
Now, back to the less than desirable part of college football. Lawyers and lawsuits. Here is what an attorney for Mike Leach said regarding a situation in their litigation with Texas Tech:
“I’ve never seen a non-party ask for costs in this manner. They were contacted before Mike was fired, or they weren’t. That’s all we want to know.”
This is what Mike Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, said when a local school district requested reimbursement for almost $10,000. to provide subpoenaed documents regarding Tommy Tuberville and his children.
It seems Leach’s legal team is looking to discover if there is any indication of contact with the former Auburn coach prior to Texas Tech dismissing their client.
How can this guy be surprised at the cost of the search? If you have ever seen a subpoena then you know they tend to be very broad and sweeping during the discovery process. How many emails in the Frenship school district’s email files or other records make mention of Texas Tech? Quite a few I bet.
How does a lawyer ever get off talking about something being expensive? This complaint is coming from a guy that probably bills $300 or more per hour for his time. Mr. Liggett, there is also a cost value attached to the staff at the school to.
Pay the bill and stop whining.
Before leaving on a sour note, here is one more example of some guys saying the right things out there:
“It was two teams who didn’t want the season to end. Every time we thought the game was over, you could see it in their eyes. They didn’t want their season to end either.”
Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen
“I felt like tonight was eerily similar to Ali and Foreman, and they landed the last punch, unfortunately, it was as good of a game as I’ve been part of.”
Xavier head coach Chris Mack
After the epic game between Xavier and Kansas State there was not a classless word to be heard. There were excited players on one side and disappointed young men on the other. On both sides class was demonstrated by players and coaches. Thanks guys.
Oh, Kansas State won the game in double overtime. The final score was 101-96.