A CBSSports.com interview with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer paints a picture of a man with a long memory.
Meyer doesn’t like newcomer head coaches blaming the previous staff for their own failures.
For instance, Meyer says Will Muschamp “blamed us for Florida” after the latter took over for the former at the school.
While Meyer didn’t elaborate on what Muschamp supposedly said, it can be inferred that he was highlighting some sort of mess behind the scenes when it came to the team and that he, in turn, should be credited with righting the ship from a discipline, character and academics standpoint if not wins and losses.
I spent the entirety of Muschamp’s tenure in Gainesville living in Jacksonville, Florida, observing the program closely. It was a commonly held belief around the program and media, directly and indirectly suggested by Muschamp himself, that Meyer bailed on Florida while the getting was still good, leaving behind him a talented roster, but a roster full of selfish, low-character and entitled players who had created an ugly locker room and mood around the team. It is also widely accepted that while Muschamp failed as a coach, he succeeded in righting the Gators’ culture away from the mercenary style in which Meyer ran it.
I find myself agreeing on all parts simultaneously as they relate to Meyer, Muschamp and Florida.
Meyer was a great coach who increasingly ran a nasty program at Florida. I think he did quit because he looked around the locker room and culture he created, where it was going and wanted to cover his backside from having to answer for it – or repair it. I think Muschamp, now South Carolina’s coach, should be credited for correcting the culture Meyer allowed to take over, though I also think he failed as a coach because he ultimately didn’t win enough games.
Meyer broached the topic in light of Texas coach Tom Herman stating after his team’s season-opening loss to Maryland that to expect him to have been able to turn a team around in nine months was unrealistic.
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