USC Morning Buzz: A Failed Attempt To Hire Urban Meyer

The idea of Urban Meyer going to USC just will not go away.

I’ve heard some major USC donors offered to pay Meyer $9.5 million a year for five years ($47.5 millon).

So what happened?

The plan was nixed by USC president Carol Folt, who did not like the idea of being beholden to donors. She also did not want to hire Meyer.

But it shows some people still tried to lure a marquee coach to USC.

Maybe they can offer to play some of Luke Fickell’s salary next year.

32 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: A Failed Attempt To Hire Urban Meyer

  1. Every college requires donors to fund big $ coach contracts, and I’m sure that was the case for Roy Williams when Folt was president at UNC.

    There is no way you can run a prominent sports program without this.

    This suggests it boils down to she just didn’t want to hire Meyer.

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    1. Maybe Folt was afraid of this ??

      ( Article was published in Sept 2010 )
      Starting in 2009, the Orlando Sentinel compiled a list of Florida football players arrested or charged with a crime since coach Urban Meyer took over six years ago. The original list was published in June 2009 and has been updated with any cases since then. The vast majority of these players were represented by Huntley Johnson, a Gainesville lawyer who frequently defends UF athletes.

      Since Urban Meyer took over the program before the 2005 season, 44 Florida players have been arrested. That’s enough players to start on both sides of the ball and have players ready to come in reserve.

      The long arm of the law knows no bounds. Players arrested vary in talent. Walk-ons have been nabbed, as have All-Americans.


      Charge: Rainey was arrested on a charge of aggravated stalking, a felony, on Sept. 14.

      Outcome: Pending an investigation by the state attorney’s office.

      Team punishment: On Tuesday, coach Urban Meyer said, “He’s not with the team. … It’s just further evaluation as we go. The immediacy is he’s not with the team.”


      Charge: In August, the freshman was charged with misdemeanor possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

      Outcome: Patton got a deferred prosecution, meaning he has four months from the day he signed it (Aug. 19) to pay $150 or do 10 hours of community service.

      Team punishment: Florida spokesperson Steve McClain said it was handled internally. Patton has not appeared in a game this year.


      Charge: In July, the freshman was charged with misdemeanor possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

      Outcome: Elam entered a plea of nolo contendre and sent in a check for a total $276. He has received notice that the court cannot accept a personal check and has until Oct. 27 to pay by money order.

      Team punishment: McClain said it was handled internally. Elam has played in both of the Gators’ games this season.


      Charge: Hammond was charged with DUI in June after allegedly speeding, swerving and driving with open bottles of Crown Royal whiskey in his car, according to a police report. He failed a field sobriety test, the report said.

      Outcome: Hammond’s case was resolved Tuesday, with probation reinstated for 12 months.

      Team punishment: Hammond was suspended from all activities in June and his scholarship was revoked. He is paying his tuition at least until the spring and has not appeared in a game yet this season.


      Charge: Charged with misdemeanor battery in Feb. 2010 after allegedly slapping a woman and scratching another at a Gainesville apartment party

      Outcome: Brown’s case is in deferred prosecution and not closed.

      Team punishment: Dismissed from the team.


      Charge: After police found Dunlap asleep behind the wheel at a traffic light on Dec. 1, he was charged with faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of DUI.

      Outcome: Dunlap accepted six months’ probation and 50 hours of community service as punishment for a guilty DUI plea

      Team punishment: Dunlap was suspended for the SEC championship against Alabama but returned for the Sugar Bowl.


      Charge: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest without violence for his role in a May 30, 2009 fight outside a downtown Gainesville night club.

      Outcome: The charges were dropped after Jenkins met the conditions of his deferred prosecution, according to lawyer Huntley Johnson.

      Team punishment: Handled internally and did not miss any games, according sports information director Steve McClain.


      Charge: Felony burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed and misdemeanor battery in late April 2009 for allegedly forcing his way into a Gainesville apartment and punching a man in the face.

      Outcome: Case was dismissed due to lack of evidence, according to lawyer Huntley Johnson.

      Team punishment: Hannah, a walk-on, was dismissed from the team.


      Charge: Misdemeanor violation of a sexual restraining order in February 2009 after getting on the same campus bus as an ex-girlfriend. The woman previously filed a petition claiming Johnson date-raped her on three occasions.

      Outcome: All charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

      Team punishment: Johnson never missed any time. Coach Urban Meyer said Johnson would remain on the team as long as the investigation checked out.


      Charge: Misdemeanor resisting an officer and failure comply with a police or fire department in February 2009. Campus police cited Cooper for not getting out of the way of a moving car upon police’s orders, according to Johnson.

      Outcome: The case was dismissed.

      Team punishment: Cooper played baseball during the spring of 2009, and it’s unknown whether Meyer sought out punishment.


      Charge: Felony counts of burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice in November after allegedly stealing a laptop from a UF student and throwing it out his dormitory window upon police suspicion.

      Outcome: Newton received pre-trial deferment – common for a first-time offender – and served community service and probation time.

      Team punishment: Meyer suspended Newton for the rest of the 2008 season. Newton transferred to Blinn (Texas) Junior College and now is the starting quarterback at Auburn.


      Charge #1: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in February 2007.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped without legal ramifications.

      Charge #2: Felony domestic violence by strangulation and felony obstruction of justice after a November 2008 altercation with a girlfriend.

      Outcome: Charges were reduced to misdemeanor status, then the Alachua County courts gave him two years probation without proceeding with the charges.

      Team punishments: Rickerson was suspended for the 2007 season opener for the marijuana charge, then kicked off the team the morning of the domestic violence incident.


      Charge: Misdemeanor knowingly driving with a suspended license on numerous occasions, including once in July 2008 and another in March 2009 – two weeks after he left the team – that placed him in jail.

      Outcome: The July case was closed.

      Team punishment: Davis was always in Meyer’s doghouse and hardly allowed to practice or play with the team for various academic and disciplinary reasons, so it’s safe to say Meyer suspended Davis for his crimes.


      Charge #1: Cited for misdemeanor property damage and criminal mischief in April 2007 for allegedly throwing a man onto the hood of a car during a fight.

      Outcome: Hornsby received deferred prosecution and the charge was later dismissed.

      Charge #2: Unauthorized use of a credit card to obtain goods and services, a felony, along with misdemeanor larceny of a credit card for allegedly making more than 70 fraudulent charges on the gas credit card of a female UF student who died seven months earlier.

      Outcome: Charges were reduced to misdemeanors and Hornsby took a plea deal – probation and community service.

      Team punishments: No punishment for first offense, kicked off the team for second offense. Hornsby served a previous five-game suspension, but it wasn’t for the first misdemeanor – it was for selling his complimentary tickets.


      Charge: Misdemeanor battery in December 2007 for an altercation with a clerk at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop in Gainesville. Cunningham allegedly threw paper cups at the clerk.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped.

      Team punishment: Cunningham played in Florida’s next game, the Capital One Bowl, but Meyer said he imposed physical punishment on Cunningham, who also couldn’t accept bowl-game gifts.


      Charge: Felony theft in October 2007 for breaking into a car impound and retrieving his girlfriend’s car, which had been towed.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped.

      Team punishment: Joiner never missed game time, but Meyer stripped him of his captaincy.

      UPDATE: Joiner was arrested in 2019 for the murder of his girlfriend


      Charge #1: Aggravated assault, battery and use of display of a concealed weapon during commission of a felony in April 2007 for shooting a semiautomatic rifle after a dispute with another man.

      Outcome: Wilson pleaded no contest to battery and discharging a firearm. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and later dropped. Wilson was placed on two year’s probation and given 100 hours of community service.

      Charge #2: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in January 2008.

      Outcome: The charge was dropped despite serving probation for his original arrest.

      Charge #3: One count of battery and one count of assault for an altercation at an apartment complex in October 2008.

      Outcome: The charges were dismissed, according to Johnson

      Team punishments: Wilson was suspended for the entire 2007 season stemming from the gun charge, including a full-year suspension from University of Florida academics. Wilson rejoined the team in 2008 but was suspended and eventually kicked off after the third charge.


      Charge #1: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest for his role in an April 2007 fight.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped.

      Charge #2: In June 2009 was charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license, a second-degree misdemeanor

      Outcome: Doe was sentenced to six months probation, a $311 fine and community service.

      Team punishment: No suspension for Doe in relation to the 2007 charge. After his second arrest, Doe was suspended indefinitely. He returned to play in 13 games in 2009, his senior season.


      Charge: Felony theft in May 2007 when he removed a University Police boot from his car and put it in his trunk.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped.

      Team punishment: No suspension for Munroe.


      Charge: Misdemeanor violation of probation in May 2007 after failing to serve five hours of community service stemming from an alcohol citation.

      Outcome: Curtis complied with the violation, served probation and the case was dismissed.

      Team punishment: Curtis was in Meyer’s doghouse, but he was also injured, so it was difficult to tell why he was out.


      Charge: Purchasing marijuana — a felony — along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in June 2007.

      Outcome: The felony charge was dropped due to a minuscule amount (8 grams); James served probation and community service stemming from the misdemeanor charge.

      Team punishment: Suspended for one game, the 2007 opener against Western Kentucky.


      Charge: Misdemeanor domestic battery in July 2006 after an altercation in Daytona Beach with the mother of his child. The initial investigation took place in June 2006 with Atkins facing accusations of felony false imprisonment along with the battery charge.

      Outcome: Atkins received pre-trial intervention and both cases were eventually dropped.

      Team punishment: Meyer immediately suspended Atkins, who then transferred to Bethune-Cookman, found legal trouble there and died in July 2007 from a drug overdose.


      Charge: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in May 2006.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped, and Murphy had to perform 12.5 hours of community service.

      Team punishment: Murphy was suspended for three games during the 2006 season.


      Charge: Misdemeanor driving with a suspended license in September 2006.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped and Demps received six months probation.

      Team punishment: Meyer kicked Demps off the team after the 2006 season reportedly for a marijuana-related incident. Demps worked out with the Gators later that summer but never played for UF again.


      Charge #1: Misdemeanor charges of battery and theft in July 2005 stemming from a sworn complaint.

      Outcome: Charges were dropped because victim did not wish to prosecute.

      Charge #2: Misdemeanor violation of a city ordinance and disorderly conduct in October 2005 for his involvement in a fight. Eyewitnesses told police that Grace threw a punch.

      Outcome: Grace completed a deferred prosecution program including 7.5 hours of community service.

      Team punishment: Meyer suspended Grace indefinitely after the October arrest. Grace later transferred to Georgia Southern.

      Aaron Hernandez, no arrests at UF, amazingly.

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      1. So kids got into trouble… Two things.

        #1 UF had these issues before and afterward, partly as a result of rough FL kids (it’s a difference place, I’ve lived there), and the contrast with Gainesville, kind of a mean Mayberry.

        #2 USC has always had it’s own issues, including now (no reason to go down the list) though people care less about the many problems we know of, and in some ways kids are safer from false charges, entrapment and temptation when you’re losing. I need not remind you that we were the subject of ESPN specials about our players that got into trouble when we were winning NCs.

        #3 Over the span of Meyer’s career it hasn’t been where his programs had kids out of control, nor has he encouraged kids or did things like covered for rape, like Penn State’s coach that was an oddly popular name for a spell.

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      2. Nice summary, BK.

        I watched the program on Aaron Hernandez on netflix recently.
        The show seemed to indicate that AH was likely involved in his first murder while he was a Soph/Jr at UF. AH was asked by coach Meyer not to return for a Senior year….
        (infra vide, Mr Guarino?)

        Is coach Meyer the problem or is/are SEC football, UF Gainsville (et al) and life in the southern US the problem.

        I posit it is the latter 3.

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      3. What’s so bad about any of that? Boys will be boys. That would be normal USC Sports behavior 😀


  2. Not once in the Clown U, a tempest in a teapot, Meyer saga was there any hint that Meyer would accept SUCCX employment at any price or on his near term bucket list.

    As I recall, Meyer did indicate he wouldn’t mind the opportunity to coach the Cowboys.

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    1. My dear friend Owns,
      To paraphrase Billy Crystal from The Princess Bride: “Mostly True, not Completely True.” Meyer never said “I’d like to coach at USC” (that’s not how it works), but he told Reggie Bush (your and my very favorite Trojan) on air that he considered the USC Football Head Coaching position one of the most attractive jobs in college sports, one that any coach would love to have…

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      1. MG, sophistry by any other name is still cheap hair-splitting. It puts me in mind of Bill Clinton’s answer to the question did he ever do a joint – “Yes, but I didn’t inhale.”

        Anyone referencing Reggie Bush in a rebuttal is tantamount to throwing in a first-round towel

        Lastly MG, I appreciated your cheeky reply. But your reply avoided the point: to wit, Meyer never ever mentioned HE coveted the bozo HFBC position.

        I’m giving Meyer 10 for his thoughtful answer to Reggie Bush’s blatantly inappropriate, egocentric question.

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      2. Owns —Speaking of throwing the towel in the first round, I tried almost 300 jury trials —and each time the judge asked me, “Mister Guarino, are you ready to make your Opening Statement?”, I always thought the same thing: “No, not really.”

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      3. But Hey MG, I betcha you won the better part of those 300 jury trials, even if you felt you were not ready for your opening statement.

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    2. USA Today article when Fat Boy was hired, it’s pretty funny

      UCLA hasn’t won a conference title since 1998, but this sleeping giant of a football program is wide awake following a double jolt of excitement in the past few months.
      After opening a $65 million training center on campus earlier this year, the Bruins landed Kelly with a five-year, $23.3 million deal
      “Conference championships are great, but I want us to compete for national championships,” Aikman said. “We’re on a national stage. Obviously, that’s not going to happen every year, but you want to at least be in contention and playing at a high level. I look at the Alabamas and the Ohio States. … To me, there’s no reason why UCLA can’t be one of those teams.”
      Kelly’s stellar reputation in the college game wasn’t diminished by his firing from two NFL teams over the past 23 months. After a year off from coaching in which he dabbled in broadcasting, Kelly said UCLA enticed him back into coaching with its combination of a West Coast location, institutional prestige and fertile resources, particularly in recruiting.
      “I think if you’ve been around long enough, you can trust your gut,” Kelly said. “I was fortunate that I didn’t have to take a job, but if I was going to take a job, it was going to be the right job.”
      Athletic director Dan Guerrero’s department must pay Mora more than $12 million not to work there. This level of financial largesse hasn’t always been normal at UCLA, particularly in football — but the school’s lucrative deals with Under Armour and other corporate partners have created new expectations.
      “And frankly, what’s going to help is the expected spike in season ticket sales that we expect from our fan base,” Guerrero said. “This was a hire that we hoped would energize our fan base, get them excited. They need to step up and to help us build this program. There have been spikes already that we’re very pleased to see, but of course it’s a long process and we’re hoping that we get a lot of folks who may have dropped off back into the fold.”
      Guerrero already has seen a major spike in donor interest, yet Kelly’s salary won’t match the $6 million per year committed to Dan Mullen by Florida, which also pursued Kelly aggressively last week.
      “I think Chip will tell you it’s really not all about the money for him, and that worked well for us,” Guerrero said.
      So for 23 million you get 7-17 overall, 7-11 in the worst Power 5 conference there is, a 5th and 3rd place finish, two loses to Cincinnati and one each to Fresno St and San Diego St, that’s money well spent

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      1. And for $25 + million bozo u has Andyain’twinning.

        His 8-year stats:

        6 – 10 vs UCLA BB: a .375 WP – yuuuuuuuge!

        55 – 71 vs Pac-12 competition: a .437 WP

        Andyain’twinning’s Tournament record is gross.

        I’m reminded of Andyain’twinning’s humiliating Tournament loss to Providence. The bozo’s, leading by a point, must defend a last-second Friar inbound underneath the Friar’s basket.

        Andyain’twinning calls T/O and forcibly instructs his team on how to defend the inbound pass. So the bozo’s line up and Friar player coolly inbounds the ball to a teammate standing underneath the basket for a 1″ layup and the win.

        #boobiekrap, people who live in glass houses………….


    1. Aye, there’s the rub- the Board of Trustees led by future LA Mayor Rick Caruso and Father of the Year Steven Spielberg want Folt to turn USC into The Stanford of the West. So of course she turns down the best coach in college football and keeps Hugs.

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  3. More political correctness. We can’t anger the ‘me-too’ crowd. Political correctness is going to destroy this country. You can’t say something if it is politically incorrect even if it is true. You must say something if it is politically correct even if it is a lie. What is politically correct and what is not? Just ask all the liberal whacko’s…..they seem to be making the rules.

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