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Urban on IG rooting for UF

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by BenTrillGriffin, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. gatorranger7

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    I recall it a little differently. He never ran us down, of course, was always classy. But he was a coach for the University of South Carolina and Florida was put in a closet for a while. When he was at USC, he was all-in Gamecock. Steve is a loyalty guy, if you listen to the stories about him over the years, with a LOOOOONG memory. If USC was paying him, he was going to be the biggest Gamecock around. He only wore garnet & black, wouldn't sign Gator stuff, and represented his employer with passion. Jeri was a little less "all-in" then Steve but she was true to him and kept her Gator-ness on the down-low.

    One story:

    My daughter was being recruited by USC. We were waiting in the athletic offices at the stadium. The HBC came out of an elevator and said "Hey, folks!" He then asked my daughter if she was being recruited, and for what, etc. etc. He stood there and SOLD USC to her like she was a key part of HIS class! She said something during the conversation, about being raised a Gator in Knoxville, TN. The HBC then, for the first time, engaged me and my wife, who had been standing to the side. I reminded him of some prior occasions when we had met, at Gator-related events and he said "Oh, yea." (Do your best SOS impersonation voice and imagine the most half-bored 'Whatever" tone possible.) Then went right back to selling USC to my daughter.

    This is one of a few SOS stories I have and cherish. I was never happier than when things went right and he and Jeri got to return to the school, the program and the stadium he did so much for. There will never, ever, be another like him at the University of Florida. A genuine, once-in-a-lifetime man.
     
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  2. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 GC Hall of Fame

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    This... all day long. And some of the people here and in Gator nation need to get over it already.
     
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  3. GCNumber7

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    I’m gonna call BS on that one.
     
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  4. volungator

    volungator Freshman

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    I so wish I could disclose the source but I can't. I probably shouldn't share the information. I completely understand why anyone might believe it to be BS. It is what it is.
     
  5. volungator

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    My daughter (at age 13 she's 36 now) wrote to SOS to express how much of fan her dad was. Our dog was named Spurrier. He sent a photo signed "To a great Gator in Tennessee." I need to dig up and post a photo of it.
     
  6. mcogator

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    You and I are one.
     
  7. FusionGator

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    That cracks me up every time I see it.
     
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  8. FusionGator

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    Don't leave us hanging? What sport? Did she get the USC offer? Did she accept? Did she go elsewhere?
     
  9. twodaparty

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    That’s the Atlanta Gator Club Braves night hat we sent him he’s repping!
     
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  10. INGATORSWETRUST

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    At least 4 of Urban’s Utah and original Gator coaches are here at UF currently. He won 2 championships here to 1 at Ohio State. I think he still supports Bowling Green, Utah, UF and OSU.
     
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  11. gatorlaxn

    gatorlaxn GC Legend

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    Free Urban Meyers!!!!
     
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  12. Matthanuf06

    Matthanuf06 GC Hall of Fame

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    Meyer has zero issues recruiting. Wasn’t his last class rated the greatest ever?

    Even if he did want out, so what? He came in and gave us his best, and the best run in UF history.

    Most high end execs generally still root for their old companies, especially when they still have friends there
     
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  13. gatordavisl

    gatordavisl VIP Member

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    I don't think we should flatter ourselves as such. Urban shouldn't care whether or not he gets in the ring. Personally, I don't like him, but I don't think he's petty enough to give a rip about the ring. As another suggested, this is due to his allegiance to Dan Mullen.
     
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  14. gatorranger7

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    She was a dancer, like The Dazzlers at UF. She got the offer but it wasn’t much and the work required was more than she was willing to do. She graduated from Univ of Tenn and landed a job in her major (Economics) starting 5 days after graduation. That, my friend, is a #dadwin. And she’s still a Gator.
     
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  15. sHiNeR2

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    But that's a good thing.

    - Jim McElwain
     
  16. demosthenes

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    I’m not going to call into question whether a former teammate told you that. Nothing you’ve said hasn’t been told many times, some of it right and some wrong. For instance his health issues were/are real. He has a brain cyst (for a couple decades now that sometimes requires a medical procedure), has/had anxiety issues, and another issue supposedly that I won’t get into. Beyond that, everyone saw him running down physically to the point so many were questioning on this very site that Shelley Meyer herself came on and said Urban was fine. Of course, in hindsight, that was a PR move.
     
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  17. demosthenes

    demosthenes Premium Member

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    I don’t know about that. Once you’ve made millions it’s your Legacy that becomes important. That being said, I’m one of those people that believe he has and will always hold UF in high regard. I don’t think his coming out and saying Go Gators has anything to do with Mullen though his presence at the Miami almost certainly was.
     
  18. INGATORSWETRUST

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    Urban helped Dan game plan for Michigan in last year’s Bowl game. Think they have a better relationship than you realize.
     
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  19. gatordavisl

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    Agree here. If Mullen was not at FL, Meyer wouldn't give two spits about the Gators. I know folks don't want to believe that, but allegiances are about people more than places/things.
     
  20. volungator

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    Your input is appreciated. On that note I'm going to bury the hatchet.
     
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