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At Florida, Everyone’s Blaming Addazio… But Meyer

Did you hear the one about the coach who got publicly blasted by a fan after the game?

You didn’t?  Well, it actually happened.  Saturday night at The Swamp.  Let’s let Edward Aschoff of The Gainesville Sun tell it:

“When offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, whose play-calling generated a mere 226 yards against the SEC’s ninth-ranked defense, made his way through the South End Zone tunnel, he was met by an irate Gator fan who berated Addazio until he went hoarse.

The fan, standing only a few feet away in the stands and dressed in all blue per UF coach Urban Meyer’s request, ended his tirade by predicting this was Addazio’s last night game in Gainesville.”

The fan was joined by a big chunk of the 90,000 in attendance who booed the Gator offense — and its coordinator — throughout the night.

But don’t count on Meyer to make a coaching change.  “Oh, I don’t think that will happen.  I’m not into blame.  I’m not into excuses.  I’m into solutions.

“Well, the head coach will be back next year.  I mean, I can’t say that.  I hope I am.  I’m going to do the best I can to get this thing back to an elite level, which is what we all expect.  I’m not sure that’s appropriate to even talk about right now.  At some point (I’ll talk about it), absolutely.”

That went from a vote of confidence to… actually I don’t what that turned into.

UPDATE – According to The Florida Times-Union, Meyer also admitted today that he panicked when Carolina went up on the Gators on Saturday.

“We felt panicked and we really shouldn’t have because it was only 15-7, and I’m one of those guys who get panicky.  I’ve got to learn to shut my mouth sometimes and say, ‘We have a plan.  Go with the plan.’

“I put that one on me.  I wanted a big play.  I’m used to plays around here.  Let’s get some plays.  Let’s make some hits.  Let’s do something, and that wasn’t happening.”

Kudos to the coach for falling on his sword.  Coaches who take blame deserve credit for doing so.  Many just pass the buck.

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2 a.m. "Welcome Back" Event Scheduled inside Williams-Brice Stadium

Gates 12 and 16 in the South End Zone will be open at 1 a.m.; fans should sit in the south end zone. Coach Spurrier and the team will address the fans after they return from the airport.

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