Meyer Unchecked Ego Is No Surprise

Bobby Curran
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Friday - May 27, 2009
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The University of Hawaii will play a four-game home and home series against Army, beginning with a road game in 2010. Army is coached by former UH defensive co-ordinator Rich Ellerson, who actually began his college days at Navy. It makes for an interesting start to next season. After a home opener against USC, the Warriors will play back-to-back road games at Army and Colorado. UH could now schedule its entire non-conference schedule against schools led by former Hawaii coaches. In addition to Army, the Warriors will play Navy (Ken Niumatalolo) and could then book Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson) and SMU (June Jones).

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It doesn’t look like Kentucky basketball will be down for long. New coach John Calipari has lived up to his billing as a master recruiter with four nationally-heralded recruits, including the nation’s No. 1 center prospect in DeMarcus Cousins, and most recently the best point guard in John Wall.


 

Both players had verbally committed to Memphis while Calipari was there, and Wall flirted with Miami and Duke before heading to bluegrass country. The fact that Wall was arrested April 27 for breaking and entering in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., with two other teens did nothing to slow the recruiting rush, and was barely mentioned when he announced that he’d play at Kentucky. There was a time when pending legal problems would give a school pause, but as one pundit pointed out, this in not merely a good player, but a great one.

Kentucky fans are happy to overlook a misdemeanor if it means a return to the Final Four. And you heard it here first. Kentucky will run away with the SEC next year.

 

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Florida head football coach Urban Meyer, apparently miffed that former Gator QB and current TV analyst Shane Matthews was critical of the offensive coaching in Florida’s loss to

Ole Miss last year, told the Gator Club that any former player who criticizes a coach or player fails the loyalty test and will no longer be welcome at the football complex. Meyer has won two national championships in four years at Florida, but had no previous connection with the university. It’s a bit sanctimonious for a mercenary coach who bleeds orange and blue until something better comes along, which it did when he was at Bowling Green and again at Utah. Like many other coaches, Meyer believes he is the program at Florida, when in reality he is merely its caretaker. But a winning football coach is nearly a law unto himself in the Deep South.


One former UH coach who works in Dixie said this about the relationship with the media: “Down here it’s a little different. After practice you crack a couple of jokes and then tell them what to write.”

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