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Family name proves to be heavy burden for Jordan Haden



When Florida coach Urban Meyer was recruiting Jordan Haden, he was concerned about the pressure the young athlete would be under if he chose to come to Florida.

It's the place where his older brother Joe became an All-American and went on to become a No. 1 draft choice.

So Jordan Haden's decision to leave the team this week and begin the process of transferring wasn't a total shock to Meyer, and was no reflection of how the coaching staff feels about Haden, Meyer said.

"Jordan is a great young man, I'm very close to his family,'' Meyer said. "When you have that name on the back of your jersey that's darn near (Tim) Tebowish, it's (Maurkice) Pounceyish. When you start talking about the name, there's an expectation level that is sometimes unfair. Every kid has got their own different little deal.''

Meyer granted Haden's release from his scholarship without any restrictions on where he can transfer. He said the staff will assist Haden in any way they can.

"He'll be fine, we're going to help him all we can,'' Meyer said. "Our family relationships are just tremendous. He'll be fine. I was worried about that when we first started recruiting him because those are tough shoes to fill right there.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:15am]


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