As if Florida fans did not hate former coach Urban Meyer enough. A report has surfaced that the two-time national championship-winning head man with the Gators, now with Ohio State, actually went so far as to turn in a former assistant of his at Gainesville for an alleged recruiting violation.
According to Fox Sports/Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis, Meyer reported Florida tight ends and full backs coach Brian White for allegedly “bumping” recruit Curtis Samuel, a New York running back/defensive back. It is a secondary violation that occurs when a coach deliberately “bumps into” a recruit during a period when coaches are not allowed to speak to high schoolers.
Meyer’s willingness to turn in a former coach — one he hired — as well as the program he led for six seasons is unheard of in college athletics. Indeed, no one Outkick the Coverage talked with could recall a former coach turning in his former program and a former assistant coach. […] While no wrongdoing was uncovered based on White’s alleged violation, the top recruit that both Ohio State and Florida were pursuing recently announced his final five choices: Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami, Rutgers and Ohio State. No Florida.
Wow. Just wow.
Let’s recap: Urban Meyer hired Brian White to be one of his assistant coaches at Florida. Meyer then bolted on Florida “to spend more time with his family” before returning to the game a year later with Ohio State. He then turned around and reported recruiting violations against his former program, and against a coach, who now is coaching the Gator’s running backs. A guy he obviously new very well.
All of this begs the question: How much “bumping” was going on while Meyer was heading up Florida, that he was able to report it?
[H/T: College Spun]