"Players were not made available after practice. Instead, coach Urban Meyer expressed his concerns -- very publicly, I might add -- with a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel about a blog post that was written about UF receiver Deonte Thompson.
"If that was my son, we'd be going rounds right now," Meyer said.
The blog post apparently suggested that Thompson didn't like Tim Tebow's quarterbacking style. Meyer later called the reporter "a bad guy."
Meyer was attempting to protect his player from media scrutiny. At least that's how I interpreted the incident, which was very awkward. Meyer isn't known for showing much emotion, so he must have been pretty mad. It was only the second time this spring that Meyer has spoken with reporters.
Meyer told the reporter if he painted a Florida player in a bad light again that the Orlando Sentinel would be "banned from the University of Florida."
"Be very careful," Meyer said.
THis isn't the first time that Meyer has threatened reporters/journalists/talking types with taking away their access to the University of Florida. Remember when Jesse Palmer question play selection in the 2008 loss to Ole Miss, Coach Meyer went of the "with us or against us" rant and suggested that some people should not be allowed to have tickets if they are critical of the team. I'm all for supporting your boyz, but really, "if that's my son, we would be going rounds"?
Looks like somebody's leave of absence really helped out with the stress levels. There are good ways to react to criticism of a player, but pretending like you want to fight a reporter isn't one of them.
This is the link for the article that caused the threatening:
Edit: I was wrong about the article that caused the threatening: This is actually a post from the reporter in question, but not his original article-
"So, after today’s practice, Meyer wasn’t walking over to tell the media that players were not available today, which they weren’t. Part of the consequence for Thompson’s quote.
He was coming to play better defense than he can coach in honor of Thompson.
He was coming to tell me I’m a “bad guy.”
“You’ll be out of practice — you understand that? — if you do that again,” Meyer said. “I told you five years ago: Don’t mess with our players. Don’t do it. You did it. You do it one more time and the Orlando Sentinel’s not welcome here ever again. Is that clear? It’s yes or no.” (finger pointing toward the face)
“Urban, come on. Don’t make any threats,” I said. “That’s fine. I’ll play by rules. But all I was doing is quoting the guy. I don’t think I was the only one.”
“You’re a bad guy, man,” Meyer said. “You’re a bad guy.”
After Meyer then made the comment about what he would do if Thompson was his son, he embraced his daughter, Nicki, from about 20 yards away before they both turned in our direction and Meyer pointed toward the media.
This story is already out there, so I just figured I’d present my side. Coaches get mad, so they approach reporters about it. I get that. A reporter’s probably not doing his or her job without getting blasted once in awhile.
But maybe Meyer felt like making a statement, a chest-beating moment. Considering a guy who is trying to suppress his stress level, his doctors probably would have frowned on today’s incident.
Meyer has not addressed the media for interviews since last Wednesday. Players and coaches are currently off limits until further notice."