Thursday, April 19, 2018
Colleges

Some Gators enjoy Urban Meyer's loss

After Michigan State upset Ohio State in the Big Ten title game Saturday night, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was sad and several Gators were smarmy about their ex-coach.

"You know, it's going to haunt all of us I imagine for a little while," Meyer said after Ohio State's route to the BCS title game was derailed.

There was some happiness in Gainesville, where Meyer's decision to leave Florida because of health concerns then take the Ohio State job a year later still has players and fans resentful.

"Lol lets see if Urban Meyer play sick again #UnLoyal," UF receiver Quinton Dunbar tweeted after the game.

UF kicker Brad Phillips tweeted "Justice" and guard Jon Halapio tweeted "HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA," though later the former St. Petersburg Catholic standout said his post was not in relation to the outcome of Meyer's game.

Former UF linebacker and current Dolphins player Jelani Jenkins posted on @jelanijenkins3: "Ahhh I can rest easy now," and tight end Kent Taylor, from Land O'Lakes, posted via @kenttaylor18: "Michigan state!!!!"

Michigan State trustee Brian Mosallam, who was a Spartans offensive lineman under George Perles and Nick Saban from 1992-96, understands the difficulty of what coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have achieved.

"They've moved the Titanic," Mosallam said. "And this group of kids — it's the most resilient group I've ever seen."

In East Lansing, thousands of Michigan State students and fans celebrated Saturday night with large, rowdy bonfires. No injuries were reported in what East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy called "a large civil disturbance."

University president Lou Anna Simon expressed pride at the victory and anger at the disorder, vowing punishment for any students involved. Arrest figures could be released this morning.

Notre Dame: Nose guard Louis Nix III signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he is projected to be a first-round pick. Defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, a junior, submitted paperwork for a draft evaluation. He is a possible first-round pick.

Rutgers: Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski were fired. They will not coach in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 28.

Late Saturday: Fresno wins Mountain West

FRESNO, Calif. — Derek Carr threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns, and Fresno State's maligned defense helped the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural Mountain West title game.

Carr was far from his best against the stingy defense of Utah State (8-5, 7-2), matching his career worst with two interceptions. But the Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1) took their first outright conference title since winning the Big West in 1989.

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