01.24.08

Florida Columnist Scolds Meyer, Terrifies Readers With A Graphic Mental Image Of Tony Siragusa

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“Now we know why Urban Meyer is such a great recruiter,” sneers the South Florida Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi. ” Because he doesn’t just offer scholarships to players. He apparently offers scholarships to their girlfriends, too.”  I guess this is Bianchi’s way of saying he doesn’t believe in romance.

There are reports that junior college WR Carl Moore likely wasn’t going to attend UF unless Maranda Smith (above) — a gymnast who had competed for UCLA in 2006 but quit because of an injury — came to Gainesville, too.

Can you guess what happened next? That’s right, Meyer reportedly contacted the girlfriend, he contacted UF gymnastics Coach Rhonda Faehn and — voila! — Moore and Smith are both on scholarship and already enrolled at UF.

In fairness, Smith was one of the top high school gymnasts in the country and could have signed with other collegiate gymnastics teams. She even competed in a meet this past weekend when the No. 1-ranked Gators met No. 2-ranked Georgia. But let’s be honest, shall we? This is college football recruiting we’re talking about. Smith could have been Tony Siragusa in drag and probably would have been given a scholarship to UF.

Moore, after all, is considered the No. 1 junior-college prospect in the country. He’s a 6-foot-4, 220-pound wide receiver who runs a 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. “A freak,” according to Jamie Newberg, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com.

It’s no wonder Meyer recruited Moore to be a UF football player. But the question everyone wants to know is: What business did Meyer have recruiting Moore’s girlfriend to be a UF gymnast?

Obviously, it wasn’t because he was impressed with her back handspring. In fact, I’d love to hear Meyer’s recruiting pitch to Smith. I’m betting it went something like this:

Meyer: “Can you do a cartwheel?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Meyer: “Say no more — full ride!”

One of the things that make Meyer such a phenomenal recruiter is that he works every angle. If it meant getting a star recruit, he’d promise the kid’s father a spot on the UF golf team. If a stud recruit were really close to his grandmother, Meyer would offer granny a knitting scholarship (“What, no knitting team? We’ll start one if your grandson becomes a Gator.”)

Meyer’s zeal for recruiting is all well and good — as long as it’s being done within the rules. If it’s not then somebody needs to have the guts to give UF’s coaching prodigy a reprimand and a firm slap on the wrist.

5 Responses to “Florida Columnist Scolds Meyer, Terrifies Readers With A Graphic Mental Image Of Tony Siragusa”

  1. hot shit college student says:

    What a fucking hack. There’s nothing wrong with having an ‘in’ at a school, or anywhere. With so many top high school athletes in Florida, it’s really surprising that this is new to Bianchi, or considered highly aggressive recruiting by Meyer.

  2. WeWanttheFunk says:

    Meyer’s zeal for recruiting is all well and good — as long as it’s being done within the rules. If it’s not then somebody needs to have the guts to give UF’s coaching prodigy a reprimand and a firm slap on the wrist.

    I don’t suppose any amount of research could have figured out, you know, what the rules are?

  3. David Roth says:

    Yeah, I don’t mean to get all Gus Haynes on this one, but…where’s the story? Here’s a legal thing that Meyer did that is indeed within the rules — love the implication that it’s not, although Biachi doesn’t say if it actually was — and the writer is frantically casting shadows all over it to make it look dodgier than it was. Sometimes there just isn’t a story, dude.

  4. Mark Swiderski says:

    Coach Meyer pulls this kind of stuff all the time. Percy Harvin is only in Gainesville because Urban agreed to be a reference on Harvin’s girlfriend’s application to be a hostess at the Virginia Beach Bennigan’s.

  5. Rog says:

    And, anyway, this bozo didn’t mention the factoid that there is an NCAA investigation but not because Meyer got her onto the gymnastics squad. Actual rules may’ve been broken, but let’s talk about some other stuff that didn’t happen that’s not against the rules. OK.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=341703

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