News Roundup - Meyer vs. Matthews 5/14
Florida head coach Urban Meyer
Florida head coach Urban Meyer
Posted May 14, 2009

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* After Lane Kiffin jumped out to a huge lead in the SEC Head Coach Controversy Sweepstakes, Urban Meyer has made a formidable comeback. His latest foray is a dust-up with former Florida QB Shane Matthews. Matthews, who has pulled no punches on his radio show, drew the ire of The General: ""If you want to be critical of a player on our team or a coach on our team you can buy a ticket for seat 37F, you're not welcome back in the football office. You're either a Gator or you're not a Gator." Incidentally, Matthews IS a Gator, while Meyer is a Cincinnati Bearcat. You know, if you want to get technical.

* If you've ever wondered just how much influence prominent boosters have in the world of college football, here's your answer: the  Orlando Sentinel published an email sent from Andy Miller - president of Seminole Boosters Inc. - to Florida State Athletic Director Randy Spetman that read in part, "Please do what you can to realign the conference... Put Georgia Tech in (the Atlantic) Division. Give them Maryland." Pretty chilling to hear the conference alignments of major academic institutions being potentially traded away like the apple in the fat kid's lunch at school.

* Rhett Bomar has gone from trouble at Oklahoma to fighting for playing time at the New York Giants' rookie camp. And if that doesn't work out, he always has his car-dealing career to fall back on.

* Speaking of fallback plans, Ty Willingham has resurfaced. He has reportedly been hired as a special teams and running backs coach for the San Francisco franchise of the new United Football League. Considering his last successful coaching stop was in the Bay Area, this was probably a good move. He should win at least as many games there as he did during his last season at UW.

108 days and counting...

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