Urban Liar hits new low by ratting out Gators

Running off at the typewriter. …

How low can Urban Meyer go?

So low that he would turn in the Florida Gators – his former team and the program he still claims to love – for a ticky-tack secondary recruiting violation that never even occurred.

And so low that he would then transform into his alter ego -- Urban Liar -- and then deny it.

According to sources at UF, Meyer tattled to the Big Ten and the NCAA, claiming UF assistant coach Brian White committed a secondary "bump" violation (making accidental contact with a recruit during a non-contact period) regarding Curtis Samuel -- a stud running back from Erasmus Hall High in New York City. Samuel, who was also being recruited at Ohio State, then dropped UF from consideration.

Turns out the NCAA looked into the allegation, and it turned out to be unfounded. Meyer, in full damage control, then told Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun that it was "absolutely untrue" that he turned in Florida. An Ohio State spokesperson then told the Columbus Dispatch that it wasn't Meyer, but someone else in the OSU athletic department who turned in the Gators.

Whatever.

Does Meyer take us all for a bunch of fools?

According to UF insiders, this is the second time Meyer has tattled on the Gators, and both times the nit-picking allegations turned out to be untrue. Seriously, does Meyer really expect us to believe that someone in the Ohio State athletic department would turn in Meyer's former school without Meyer's knowledge and permission? Does he really expect us to believe that an OSU underling would turn in White – an assistant coach Meyer hired at UF -- without Meyer's endorsement?

Puh-leeze.

The saddest part of all is that UF athletic director Jeremy Foley – a purported friend of Meyer's – gave Meyer a $1 million going-away bonus when Meyer resigned from UF to supposedly spend more time with his family. Little did Foley know that Meyer would be coaching at Ohio State a few months later.

Now, Meyer doesn't even have the common courtesy to call Foley or Gator coach Will Muschamp when he thinks one of UF's assistant coaches might be committing a some ticky-tack violation.

Then again, why should we be surprised?

Urban Meyer, after all, is the most disingenuous coach in all of college football.

He claims he still loves the University of Florida and will always be a Gator, but he sure does have a strange way of showing it.

Short stuff: Kyle Petty says he doesn't think Danica Patrick will "ever be a race-car driver." Hey, if anybody should know what it takes not to be a race car driver, it's Kyle Petty, who went his last 13 years on the Sprint Cup circuit without a victory. This guy is an expert on not being a race-car driver. … Three predictions for tonight's Coke Zero 400: (3) Rain at some point. (2) At least two sightings of pickup trucks in the infield adorned with naked-lady mudflaps. (1) Danica wins and overshadows Dwight leaving the Lakers. … Did you see the story earlier this week where Tim Tebow broke up a bar fight involving Aaron Hernandez when both were players for the Gators? My first thought: Tebow was obviously in the bar as Hernandez's designated driver. ... Which brings us to the top three answers regarding my Twitter dispatch asking fellow tweeters to complete this sentence: "So Tim Tebow and Aaron Hernandez walk into a bar …" (1) And the bartender picks off three of Tebow's passes. (2) And Urban Meyer leaves to spend more time with his family. (3) And all the Seminoles in the place cower in the fetal position." … Speaking of the Seminoles, isn't it good to see Bobby Bowden back at Florida State where he belongs. The university will pay him $250,000 a year to raise money for Seminole boosters. That's a bargain considering he'll probably raise 10 times that much. … Did you see where Gators quarterback and Hagerty High product Jeff Driskel signed a baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox? Question: Which will happen first -- Driskel hitting a home run over the Green Monster or Driskel turning the Gators into green monsters?" … Last word: I interviewed Leigh Anne Tuohy -- the real-life mother and inspiration of the iconic movie "The Blind Side"" – on our Open Mike radio show earlier this week and asked her which college football coach was the most genuine in the recruiting process. Her response: "None of them."

Open Mike:

Don't forget, you can click on OrlandoSentinel.com and read the wildly popular Open Mike blog and interactive extravaganza to get my freshest takes on what's happening in the world of sports. Here's a blog about how pitiful the Lakers look in trying to placate Dwight Howard:

Remember when Orlando Magic fans were begging and pleading for Dwight Howard to stay in Central Florida?

Now, pathetically, the proud and storied Los Angeles Lakers have done the same.

 
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