Urban did not cause Hernandez to do the things he did. However, he did help enable him by looking the other way and easing him out of brushes with the law and school authorities. Open message to Urban - you won the record in your tenure for most arrests. You won that with your NC's and SEC's. Own it. Just like you will have to own it in Buckland.
The investigation into the murder charge against Aaron Hernandez has put the spotlight back on his time at the University of Florida under former coach Urban Meyer. The Ohio State coach addressed the situation, for the last time according to Pat Dooley, in a text he sent to the Gainesville Sun.
“I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up by the Univ. of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true. Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.
“He was an athlete at Florida 4-to-7 years ago and there are some comments being made that our not correct. Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him. Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”
Meyer says Hernandez was suspended for the 2008 opener against Hawaii because of a failed marijuana test but claims his former tight end didn’t fail another one.
He also addressed another Hernandez-related charge. About the 2007 shooting incident in Gainesville in which several Florida players were questioned, Meyer was told about it by an assistant coach. “I didn’t think about it again until a couple of days ago.”
Meyer’s wife and daughter recently took to Twitter to defend the coach with the coach’s daughter tweeting, “There’s this thing called self accountability. It exists, I swear. God Bless.”
Update: Reporter Kevin Brockway provides this perspective.
Meyer’s comments ring hallow. Under UF’s drug testing policy, you don’t get suspended til 2nd positive. So Hernandez at least failed 2.
— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) July 6, 2013