Is Fla. Coach Meyer fine? Probably not â€“ Fla. Coach Meyerâ€™s fine for criticizing an official was set at a whopping $30,000. Read more below.
Why shouldnâ€™t Southeastern Conference coaches be able to express their opinion about whether or not the officials did a good job calling the game? I mean, if they did a crummy job and got a few calls wrong, in my opinion, they should be called out on it. Itâ€™s the coachâ€™s job to win, and the refâ€™s job to officiate. So, why should refs be protected from scrutiny if they donâ€™t deliver?
Especially since with modern technology, such as, instant replay, DVRâ€™s, and ESPN highlights everybody sees the missed calls anyway.
The statement that landed Urban Meyer in hot water was in reference to a late hit by Nick Williams on QB Tim Tebow. He said:
“That should have been a penalty, in my opinion. Obviously, it should have been. You’ve got to protect quarterbacks. That’s the whole purpose.
30Gâ€™s for that! I just canâ€™t accept that as a reasonable rule. What do you think?
In a statement made in regard to the fine, the Florida coach said that he didnâ€™t intend to criticize an official, and that he was sorry. Obviously his freedom of speech has been restricted, so hereâ€™s my question. Did he really mean the later statement, or did he have no options other than just graciously accepting the penalty?
What do you think? Is the sum of Fla. Coach Meyerâ€™s fine for criticizing an official fair? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section. Youâ€™ll also find pictures and a video below.