Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer took a hit in a Sporting News article published Monday about his actions while at Florida. Former Gators safety, Bryan Thomas, was the source of the information about Meyer’s treatment of the players at UF. Meyer is unsure why he had negative comments about some great Gators players.
The story by Matt Hayes says Meyer had a “circle of trust” for his star players and allowed them to get away with serious offenses. Some of the actions include failed drug tests, disobedience, and attacking a coach. Meyer denied most of the claims in the story, especially the “circle of trust” accusation.
Hayes writes that former Gators star Percy Harvin was among the most favored players and that he once grabbed wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and threw him to the ground. The story also says drug use was very prevalent at Florida. Although Meyer disagrees with most of the statements in the story, he doesn’t deny that he showed favoritism to certain players at Florida.
For some, what Meyer did at Florida is in the past, but to others, looking at a coach’s past can sometimes give a sneak peak as to what the future holds.