Urban Meyer Melts Down Again: Florida Gators Fans Should Be Concerned

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IMarch 26, 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)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

So let me get this straight:

The guy gets drilled in the SEC Championship game and ends up in the hospital. Less than 30 days later, he quits. Twelve hours after that, he comes back—albeit with the promise of an indefinite leave of absence, which lasted all of two months.

Now, as his first 14 days back on the job comes to an end, Urban Meyer goes ballistic on a beat writer over an article in which everything the writer wrote was true.

Interesting, to say the least.

I realize that Urban Meyer is no ordinary coach. He was arguably the best head coach in the country during the past five years. He recruited, signed, and coached one of the most storied, successful quarterbacks of the past decade.

He has developed a mostly unstoppable offense. He oversaw one of the best four-year stretches the SEC has seen in quite some time.

Now it appears that Urban Meyer has flipped his lid.

Whether it was the initial meltdown after the SEC title game loss, the flip-flop job shortly before the Sugar Bowl, or this week's inexcusable dressing down and threatening of a writer, it cannot be good news for Florida Gators fans.

Urban Meyer is clearly in need of way more than two months of leave.

Whether you agree or disagree with me, the most successful head coach in the country simply cannot publicly threaten violence to a reporter—especially in the presence of video cameras and tape recorders.

How can one of the most successful, richest coaches in America think he would get away with something like that?

Some believe Meyer was taking the "Lane Kiffin approach to publicity" by taking up for a player with all eyes and ears watching and listening—as if that would somehow encourage parents to send their kids to Florida en masse. (As if that's not already happening, anyway.)

I say that might have been the case had Meyer stopped short of saying, "You're a bad guy, man. You're a bad guy," and, "If that was my son, we'd be going at it right now."

Simply put, there was absolutely no excuse for any of Meyer's tirade. But the threats are what should make Florida fans nervous.

Urban Meyer is not well. This is not the same Urban Meyer who stood on the sideline with that smirk that says, "I've got you right where I want you."

This is not the same guy who has won two SEC titles and two national titles since 2005.

Perhaps most importantly, this is not the same Urban Meyer who recruited Tim Tebow.

Meyer needs to sit out this year and then decide whether he is well enough to return to Florida.

His health and the health of Florida football demands it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/xgqQshESm8s&hl=en_US&fs=1&border=1"> name="allowFullScreen" value="true">http://www.youtube.com/v/xgqQshESm8s&hl=en_US&fs=1&border=1 " type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="660" height="405">


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.