Meyer 'real upset' with arrests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Urban Meyer is fed up with the run of arrests in his program.

When receiver Chris Rainey was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking last week it marked the 30th arrest — involving 27 players — in Meyer’s tenure.

“I try to evaluate everything about our program,” Meyer said Thursday. “I’m real upset about that. After a while, enough is enough. If there’s something we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation stinks, then we’ve got to improve that. If there are other issues in a program that’s our job to get it better. People making stupid mistakes, that’s something we’ve got to correct.”

Meyer, who has won two national championships in his six seasons at Florida, bristled at the thought he’s running a “dirty program.”

“I don’t care,” he said, when asked if he was concerned the program was being perceived that way. “We do our best to win games. Dirty program? It’s not a dirty program. We follow the rules and some guys make mistakes and we’ve got to correct those mistakes. We follow the rules. We do it the right way at Florida and we have to do a better job with correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

Rainey, indefinitely suspended from the team, faces a third-degree felony charge for allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message.

“He’s angry and disappointed that the whole thing happened,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to move on.”

Asked what Rainey has to do to get back on the squad, Meyer responded: “I don’t know.”

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volpreacher writes:

I really dislike the Gators but I don't think they run a dirty program either. Look at all the schools including UT who have had kids being arrested and doing things they shouldn't do. It is a product of society. And that is sad. We the people who are in charge of society are the only ones who can change things.

volpreacher writes:

I meant to add. We must be held accountable for our actions too and stop blaming others for our mistakes.

NoSirRee writes:

I'm "real upset" about them too...

NoogaVol55 writes:

UF isn't dirty....stupidity is alive an well at all colleges. Unfortunately, UT is the one looking like they need to get their act together.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

"Asked what Rainey has to do to get back on the squad, Meyer responded: Let us be down at the half in Knoxville and the Sob will be playing in the third quarter." Typical. GO VOLS!

OrangePride writes:

It may not be a "dirty program" but it certainly points to some real character issues and leads to questions about the type athelete they are willing to accept. Tennessee has had it's share of that same question, so I am not going to throw any stones here......BOTH programs need to look at that. I believe Tennessee and Dooley are already attempting to remedy character issues among recruits, not so sure about Urban.

volbike writes:

They now call him Urban Blight or Urban Decay!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

I really don't think a measly 30 arrests should be any cause for concern.

Or another breakdown.

SummittsCourt writes:

They don't make "mistakes" they commit crimes. Big difference.

ZTaylor writes:

When it acts like a thug, walks like a thug, and talks like a thug, give em a football scholarship!

Continues into adulthood. Look at the NFL.
It will never change.

nocleats writes:

Stupid stuff, gangsta life, it is everywhere. If a major college program isnt publically dealing with these issues, its because the local law is turning heads the other way long enough for the violater to get back home and to bed, or they are turning the player over to the coaches and not to the booking room and the judges.

nocleats writes:

This says it all, no, it screams it screams it ! “I don’t care,” he said, when asked if he was concerned the program was being perceived that way. “We do our best to win games.

thereturnoftriumph writes:

interesting comments on here. i appreciate the Vol fans who realize it is an issue everywhere in college football.
you have 85+ players on a team. there is a good chance
some of them are going to be bad apples. plus it should be up to the players to police themselves.
i know for a fact Florida did not offer scholarships
to some high school players because of character issues.
as for any fan/booster who would have sent death threats to Rainey's girl friend, they are in the same
class with the so called Vol fans who sent death threats to Johnathan Crompton. Complete and total idiots.
would Rainey did was despicable. but what about the people who are going to profit off it with t shirts?

Bigger_Al writes:

If Meyer needs Rainey to win a game, he will be back on the team. Same stance he has always taken.

10volunteers98 writes:

Tazzzzzeeeerrrr them Gay-tors,corch!GO,VOLS!!!

rootin4volz writes:

"We follow the rules. We do it the right way at Florida and we have to do a better job with correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

Oh, man...I sure hope those words come back to bite good ol' Urbane in the AZZ!

fronix5000 writes:

in response to volpreacher:

I meant to add. We must be held accountable for our actions too and stop blaming others for our mistakes.

agree. It is all over society...from Politics to football and all between...this generation hopefully will wake up and realize some things. Sometimes you got to put your man pants on and face the jury of life. Some (SOME) of the media these days encourage this type of activity. The best way to stop that is to educate these guys on life, stop letting negative influences sink in. I did like how Janzen 'took off' when the brawl took place in Knox. Guess he learned real quick-maybe he will lead others to do the same.

lahvolman2 writes:

No one really has the nads to say what the real problem is... you only have to look at the make up of all college and pro sports today to see it... about 98% of all sports are comprised of African American athletes who have come from urban or small town backgrounds where they were considered heros or superstars and are never able to adjust to the limelight or big city atmosphere and feel they can get away with anything because they are in a big time program now....some of them will adjust and make it .. but it is inevitable that a lot of them won't... sad to say but Alabama is the only SEC program that has brought in outside help to address the issue and they are making big strides in this area...sad also is that it is only going to get worse before it gets better... Mike Hamilton is making Mal Moore at Alabama look like a genius...it's time for Tennessee to start house cleaning starting with Fudsy Hamilton and Pearl and get this storied program back on track....just sayin'

CrankE writes:

I was kind of expecting Urban to go and confront the lady, threaten to beat her up or something-same as he did for Jeremy Foley, the reporter from Orlando Sentinel. Maybe he's gone flaccid in his retirement.

"I don't care."
That says it all to me.

Most leaders actually care about the image of their program. Not Meyer. He makes no pretense of caring. Meyer tolerates this behavior and not surprisingly, there's a lot of it. Worse, there's no Tim Tebow to deify and draw all attention to himself ("Pay no attention to the police blotter, just keep watching #15"). Watch for this to get worse at UF.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to back2z1:

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...coming from the d0uchebag who spends most of his days trolling a UT forum. How ironic!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

While this is certainly a problem all programs face (particularly in the SEC these days), two quotes really stand out that bother me:

“if there’s something we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that.”

After 30 arrests you obviously haven’t spent enough time looking into this. That statement reeks of insincerity. Ranks right up there with the typical statement of “we’re in the process of gathering all the facts” after a player gets busted doing something illegal. It’s just a way to make fans believe something is being done, when in reality they’re just waiting for it to blow over so they can move on. Fulmer was notorious for that comment and it’s always bothered me. I’m glad Dooley is trying to be proactive about issues like these and is not afraid to take immediate action.

“We do our best to win games.”

Urbie – does that mean you don’t care about your players, what they do, or who you recruit as long as you’re getting a ‘W’ each week?!? That’s pretty sad if you ask me.

RollAFatty writes:

Why are 30 text messages to a potential recruit a concern to the NCAA while 30 arrests are not? The institutional controll problem is not at the individual college level. It is at the national association level.

abnermc writes:

in response to SirSpanky:

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Yeah, Spurrier is really tough.. Garcia is still playing w/ 3 arrests?

Troll_Here writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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That's a 20 year long hiccup at UF. We've lost a total of 10 games to SEC east teams in the last 20 years! (6 to UF, 3 to UGA, and 1 to USC) If that is a hiccup, then no one in the east seems to have the cure.

Troll_Here writes:

Meant to type 6 loses to UT in the last 20 years.

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