Originally Posted by Chip R
I agree somewhat. The thing I find a little odd is Meyer "mother bearing" Tebow even though he's no longer one of his players. I think it's admirable he takes an interest in one of his players after he's out of the program but this is somewhat extreme. Tebow's a man now and really doesn't need Meyer standing up for him. I see what Meyer's doing, though. Tebow's draft status is so shaky that a comment like that could really knock it down some. However, I'm somewhat skeptical that a comment like that could cost Tebow a great deal of money.
As for the reporter, I don't think he had to quote the kid verbatim. What the reporter could have wrote was that the kid said that this new QB is a better pure passer than Tebow. That's pretty innocuous. I don't think anyone would argue that point.
Your bolded point is what I was getting at. I don't think Urban was protecting Tim, I think he was "mother bearing" the kid who made the comment who had it completely twisted by the reporter who knew that any criticism of the the Omnipotent Tebow (even if it was unintended) would be controversial. The reporter knew what the kid meant, but didn't care. He had something that would garner attention to himself and didn't care that he was manipulating some kid in the process. THAT is what Meyer's outburst was about from what I can tell. And I can't say that I blame him. He might have gone overboard, but I don't have a problem with his overall hostility towards the reporter.
I have such little respect for the overall state of the sports media these days. There are certainly exceptions out there, but for the most part the once proud profession has become much closer to the National Enquirer than the New York Times. I think this is why guys like Meyer feel the need to constantly be guarding against predatorial reporters shopping for dirt. They bring it on themselves by writing stories like this guy wrote.