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Is The SEC A Two-Team League? Meyer Says So

Deep into Paul Finebaum’s latest column for The Mobile Press-Register, there’s an interesting comment from Florida’s Urban Meyer.

Finebaum caught up with the Gator coach and writes about Meyer’s impressive “candor, attitude and outlook” on the eve of the new football season.  For a man who’s been viewed by UF fans as being strongly anti-Meyer, Finebaum’s piece is pretty darn positive.  You can read it here.

But my attention picked up late in the piece.  Finebaum asked Meyer if the SEC had turned into “a two-league team” (though he clearly meant two-team league).

“Yes, but if you take a nap for a minute, there are a bunch who will pass you by in a second,” answered Florida’s coach.

I’m a little surprised that Meyer said “yes” in the first place.  Placing Florida and Alabama above everyone else is a positive move for recruiting purposes, of course.  And it would also be ridiculous to argue the fact that for the last three seasons Bama and Florida have been the SEC’s bell cows.

Still, most coaches would argue the fact.  Most coaches probably wouldn’t risk creating any kind of bulletin board material for their opponents. 

UF has been so good under Meyer that the coach might not need to worry about such things, but the “Yes” part of his answer will certainly be quoted a lot more than the “but if you take a nap…” part. 

This fall, you can trust that seven SEC teams will hear a pregame speech stating: “Meyer thinks this league is just between Florida and Alabama.  Let’s go show him there’s another good team in this league!” 

In the long run, it probably won’t matter when it comes to dispatching UF’s foes, but I was still surprised by Meyer’s honest answer.  Most coaches would have avoided that question at all costs.

(Sidenote — Asked whether he’ll miss former adversary Lane Kiffin, Meyer said that he has a lot of respect for “the new guy at Tennessee.”  “I don’t know much about him.  But I have spoken to Coach (Derek) Dooley quite a bit, something I haven’t done with a Tennessee coach in a long while.”  Too bad we won’t have the Meyer-Kiffin feud to watch at this year’s Media Days.)


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