Urban Meyer reportedly turned in Florida coach over minor violation
Urban Meyer spent six great seasons as the head coach at Florida and won two national championships with the Gators, but business is business. Meyer is the man in charge at Ohio State now, and if he sees someone cheating he’s not going to hesitate to point a finger — even if it’s his former team.
According to Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis (via FOXSports.com), Meyer recently turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White after he allegedly committed an improper “bump” violation while recruiting Erasmus Hall (NY) High School running back Curtis Samuel. Investigations revealed no wrongdoing on the part of Florida. Samuel later revealed that Florida is no longer one of his top choices, but OSU remains on the list.
A “bump” violation is a secondary NCAA offense that basically means a coach or representative from a program contacted a recruit when they shouldn’t have. Meyer actually hired White while he was at Florida, which makes the report about him blowing the whistle even more surprising.
Samuel ran an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at Nike’s The Opening on Monday. He received a scholarship offer from Florida on April 17 and seemed excited at the time.
“I’m interested in Florida and what they have to offer,” he told Gator Country in April. “I have watched them play since I was young and I was excited to have a coach from Florida come all the way to New York just to see me and offer me. I want to visit Florida so I’m going to try my best to set something up maybe for this summer.”
Meyer loves to win, but does turning in a former coach cross the line? If he thought it would help him land a recruit, I guess that’s all that matters.
UPDATE: Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch that the report about him turning in a former assistant is “absolutely not true.”