Posted by KilgoreTroutIII
Need any more reasons to not like Urban Meyer? Or obsessed football coaches in general? Meyer is straightforward in stating that his job and career are more important than the health and safety of his players and coaches.
In a New York Times article about Tim Tebow going to the hospital in an ambulance after a hard hit to the head during the game yesterday, his flulike symptoms during the week, and as many as 35 players being ill recently, here’s how concerned Meyer was. Not.
Florida has been battling illnesses for the last three weeks, and Meyer estimated that more than 35 players have been sick during that stretch.
Running back Jeff Demps, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, linebacker A.J. Jones and tight end Aaron Hernandez — all starters — were among the players isolated in the last 10 days because of flulike symptoms.
Haden and Wright missed practice Thursday, but Meyer said he expected both to play against the Wildcats. The person familiar with Florida’s travel plans said the health of all three has improved since arriving in Lexington.
The person said everyone on the team’s expected travel roster made the trip, including receivers coach Billy Gonzales. He was sent home early in the week, but he returned and wore gloves and a mask at practice.
Meyer said earlier in the week there was no chance he would rest sick players.
“That’d be one of the major errors in coaching history to go do that, because you’d go lose,” he said. “No. Absolutely not. We’re going to bring everything and go as hard as we can. That gets you out of the profession, those kind of thoughts. You go as hard as you can.
“The good thing is I’ve got a mature group. Not a whole lot of cheerleading going on this week. Got to get better and go play.”
The Gators beat Tennessee 23-13 last Saturday, a disappointing victory for the heavily favored Gators. Meyer partially blamed the conservative game plan on the illnesses. Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin indicated that Meyer was using the illnesses as an excuse to justify a less-than-dominating performance.
So, there you have it. Urban says in essence, Don’t jeopardize my multi-million-dollar job by getting sick or injured, because I’ll expect you to play anyway. You’re not even getting paid so why should I care about you? And I don’t even care about whether protecting your health will be better for the team in future weeks. All I care about is winning today. And you know how dangerous Kentucky is. I’ve got more than 100 players on scholarship so there’s always someone to replace you when I ruin your health.