Although he never mentions former University of Florida quarterback Shane Matthews by name, it sure sounds like UF football coach Urban Meyer is trying to blackball the ex-Gator great from the program.
The message boards lit up Saturday when Meyer had this to say at the a booster gathering at the Central Florida Gator Club: “There’s going to be a time when you don’t win every game you play. There’s going to be a time when someone makes a mistake. If you’re a person who’s going to criticize, we don’t need you around.
“I’m also going to talk about loyalty with our former athletes. Some are welcome, some aren’t. …We want former Gators to come back, but loyalty’s a two-way street. If you want to be critical of a player on our team or a coach on our team you can buy a ticket for seat 37F, you’re not welcome back in the football office. You’re either a Gator or you’re not a Gator. It’s real simple. For those who are not Gators keep buying tickets, critique, but if you’re a real Gator, get to know our players. Let’s enjoy the greatest era not just football of Gator athletics.”