Tell us how you really feel Omar. According to an article published by Yahoo! Sports, Florida Gators defensive tackle Omar Hunter is not very fond of former head coach Urban Meyer.
Hunter, now in his fifth year with the Gators, was one of Meyer’s prized recruits who didn’t quite seem to pan out. That is, until new head coach Will Muschamp stepped on campus and turned around the mentality of the football program.
Hunter had the following to say regarding Meyer and the way he ran the football program:
“Toward the end of Coach Meyer’s time here, a lot of guys were out for themselves – not buying into the team concept,” explains defensive lineman Omar Hunter. “He was out for himself, so they thought the same thing.
“A lot of things were sliding,” he contiues, explaining how their coach’s sudden departure, return and re-departure impacted the team. “Guys were showing up late to practice and workouts. Guys were supposed to be back on Sunday and didn’t get back until Monday. There was no discipline.”
It was no secret that the Gators program was falling apart, and Meyer was the catalyst behind it. Players were doing what players wanted to do. A rockstar mentality had set in and it wasn’t going away without a significant change; especially while Meyer was playing with the emotions of an entire university and fan base like it was his sixth grade girlfriend.
The change that was needed came in the form of Coach Boom, a “no bull” type of personality, who in just two years has completely reversed the mentality of Florida football.
“I loved it,” says Hunter. “He’s hard-nosed, not going to let anything slide. Not tell you any lies.”
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports has written a fantastic article titled “Gators going boom under anti-Spurrier.” Give it a read Gator Nation.
Do you think Meyer was “out for himself”? Let us know in the comments below!
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