This has turned into quite the soap opera.
Today, Urban Meyer, the head coach of the Florida Gators was forced to make an outright denial of claims that he is the man behind the leaked academic cheating information that has been alleged against Cam Newton.
Said Meyer, “For anyone to think that I or anyone on our staff may have leaked information about private student records to the media doesn’t know us very well. It’s a ridiculous claim and simply not true.”
(forgive us, Urban, but when you play miscreants like Chris Rainey, people are bound to question your ethics at some point—just putting that out there).
The reason for the big hub bub, a FoxSports.com article written by the, oft-wrong, Thayer Evans who states that an unnamed source relayed a story that makes Cam Newton look like a less than honorable character. Making matters worse Newton’s own father won’t even vouch for him on the claim, saying only “I wasn’t there…I cannot confirm or deny. At a time like this, I’m taking a defensive posture.”
Well, isn’t that just peachy?
Then came this tweet from Bill “Bubba” Bussey of the, Alabama-based, Rick and Bubba Show, tweet:
He later would recant the tweet saying that it “did not come from the source I thought it did” and asking that people just dismiss it as “rumor”. Well, that’s all fine and good, but, why bother stating something like that if you don’t have it properly sourced?
In other news, Gregg Doyel is no longer welcome at any Gator tailgate parties after writing this inflammatory piece that all but outright accuses the University of Florida for being the catalyst behind all of Cam Newton’s recent problems.
“…this smear job now has escalated to the point where Florida isn’t even pretending to stay out of it. It’s no coincidence that Bond’s “information”—which he shared almost 10 months ago with Mississippi State—is coming out now that Florida has fallen by the wayside while Auburn has surged to No. 2 in the BCS. Even before the latest academic allegations came out, Meyer was said to be in the middle of the Bond-Newton saga.”
Ouch…guess Doyel isn’t worried about what Meyer can do to him—he should have a chat with Jeremy Fowler.
Either way, this whole thing gets funnier by the minute—at least for those who could give a flip about Florida or Urban Meyer. It’s like watching a train wreck…in slow motion…and HD.
Wonder if any one will come through the wreckage with their reputations intact?
As for Meyer, well, aside from denying culpability, he’s getting his team ready to play the Gamecocks this Saturday. A team that, should they beat them, will grant them an easy trip to play Cam Newton and Auburn in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
Hey, wait a minute…ya think…nah, never mind.