Coach Meyer made some statements to the media that I thought he should have kept in house...
In part, Meyer said Friday that when he became the Gators' coach that freshmen had a separate locker room, that there were fights because the freshmen were treated like non-people, that players were beaten up and eyebrows were shaved and that it took his staff awhile to break that culture.
Zook, the coach at Illinois, released a statement:
"I was surprised to see that, once again, five years later, we're blamed for something else at Florida. But by now I guess I shouldn't be," Zook said. "This one was most disappointing because it implies we didn't look out for our players. From someone who wasn't there at the time. I can assure you I've never, ever been accused of that."I thought I was too much of a players' coach.
"The implication is incorrect. There is no place for hazing in college football and we've put a stop to that if we've ever seen it. I applaud Florida for fostering what they say is a wonderful family atmosphere. I would invite anyone to talk to any of our players here at Illinois and, although we don't look for media opportunities to brag about it, it is a wonderful family atmosphere."
"Meyer sought to clarify his comments when he met with the media following Saturday's scrimmage."Some people said there were criticisms of coaches and there absolutely was not,"
Meyer said. "It was about locker room, the way the locker room set up was. Our staff has never been critical of any staff. The question was something about Miami's fight which I don't know anything about and I said we've had fights here a lot because of the locker room in the past and it's not that way anymore because the locker room has changed."