According to ESPN, Coach Urban Meyer is not happy about a comment former Gator Shane Matthews had to say about his play calling during a game last season versus Mississippi. The Florida Gators lost the game 31-30. Shane just stated that Meyers should have thrown the ball more because Mississippi was playing man on man coverage.
Should an alumni voice concern about a coaches player calling at their former school? It’s a question that can only be voiced on opinions of people and who is involved. However, supporting your team doesn’t mean you can’t talk about or criticize how the team is performing or what’s happening within the program. Being a diehard Gator fan you should be able to make comments about play calling or whatever the issue is about the program if you personally don’t feel like something is going right.
Urban Meyer has an issue about former players talking about his play calling and has the audacity to tell them to stay away if they don’t like how he’s running the team. A coach doesn’t make the tradition of the Florida Gators, it’s the players that have performed and achieved that brings a tradition to a program. Coaches only contribute so much to traditions. Fan and the players are the face of the university.
If coaches can’t deal with negative comments about their play calling then they shouldn’t be coaching a major college football team. Everyone has opinions just as the coaches have their opinions about how to prepare for a game.
Don’t get me wrong Urban Meyer is a great coach and brings a lot of passion to the team. However, he shouldn’t make ridiculous comments about loyalty to a college football program. Remember, Universities are only loyal for when you produce and win; of course, they’ll support you a few years if you’re having a down season. If that down season turns into a common theme every year then you’ll be on your way out the door looking for another job.
Of course the whole he said she said thing is publicized more than what it’s worth thinks to the every loving media outlets that feel that this is breaking news. Coach Urban Meyer and Shane Matthews will have their differences, but one common bond holds them together and that’s having the Gators win a football game. If you’re an alumni go ahead and voice your concerns so everyone can hear them and coaches listen to the comments and don’t take them personal. Remember, your leading the player’s university not coaches university. You’re only as good as your team and that reflection is one worth a thousand displeased alumni supporters.