Make us your home page

Sunshine State Report

The latest on college sports in Florida

Urban Meyer issues stern warning to players



As Florida nears the conclusion of spring football practice this week, Florida coach Urban Meyer has sent a stern warning to his players about staying out of trouble and on the right side of the law.

Following Wednesday's practice, Meyer stood center stage in a makeshift huddle off players and gave an impassioned speech about living right and staying out of trouble.

He warned that players who can't stay out of trouble will face "termination''.

Gators' LB Jon Bostic said Meyer's message wasn't based on any particular incident, and is one he often preaches.

"He wanted to reiterate everything he says every day,'' Bostic said. "He tells it in a different way, but he just wants to keep telling us, keep telling us, keep telling us because sometimes it may take awhile to get through. And that's a good thing.''

First-year Gator receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who worked with Meyer at Bowling Green, said Wednesday's speech was reminiscent of days gone by.

"Those days seem like a long time ago, but yes those were about three times a day back in 2000,'' Azzanni said. "Actually it kind of fires me up. That's the coach Meyer I remember.''

Florida has had its share of national headlines during Meyer's tenure because of arrests and off the field incidents, but Bostic said Wednesday's speech wasn't a scare tactic by Meyer, but a display of how he feels about his players.

"It shows he cares,'' Bostic said. "It shows he cares about us and he doesn't want us to get into any trouble.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:48pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours