Over at Dr. Saturday, Holly, aka, “The Girl Who Blogs About College Football (OGMAGIRL!),” points out that Florida has begun work on damage control against the 24 arrests of Gator football players during Urban Meyer’s tenure.
Here’s the spin or “positive light” (my comments in italics)…
- Only three arrests from the last three recruiting classes (including 2009) – Ok…
- At least 14 of the charges were dropped in the 24 cases – Ah, to have a cooperative prosecutor’s office…
- 14 of the 24 player arrests have been from players he did not
recruit or were in his first recruiting class – So the claim is he was learning how to judge character in the first year of his 3rd HC gig?
- The 24 arrests represents 19 different players – So best case scenario, there are 5 repeat offenders on the team, and the worst case (?) is there’s a guy on the team with 5 separate arrests?
- Six of the arrests are among players Meyer did not recruit
- Eight of the arrests are among players in Meyer’s first class
- Seven of the arrests are among players in Meyer’s second class
- Two of the arrests are among players in Meyer’s third class
- One of the arrests are among players in Meyer’s fourth class – Hey, don’t worry guys, I’m sure if you just give them enough time in the program…
- None of the arrests are among players in Meyer’s fifth class – Jeebus, this is supposed to be a small victory for them? How many of these guys are even on campus?
Urban Meyer also released a statement (cough – hoping to preserve a chance at one day coaching at ND – cough). The statement is such an easy target that we trust the kids at Bleacher Report can handle it, so we’ll just go ahead and paste it here for your enjoyment and then add a picture we did quite a while back to the bottom because this joint is lacking in visual embellishment lately.
“This group of players we have now are by and large a pretty good group. They are 18-to-22 years old and, like most young people, they are trying to find their way.
“It is a continual part of our program to mentor and guide our players and it is not an exact process. Although we have been very successful with most, we are by no means perfect. We are disappointed when we encounter some issues along the way, but we are going to continue to educate and teach our players.”