Ohio State Football: Inside the Florida Media’s Beef with Urban Meyer

During Urban Meyer’s appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike—which was being hosted by two guys not named Mike—the Ohio State head coach managed to slip in a subliminal shot at the media when asked about his time as the head coach at Florida.

“The one thing I learned probably about five years ago is to focus on what you can control. We had a great run down there. I loved Florida,” Meyer told fill-in hosts Jorge Sedano and Herm Edwards. “Sometimes you’ll hear one or two people with pens in their hands saying certain things, and I don’t understand.”

At the time, I joked that the latter half of Meyer’s quote was a nod to my poor wording of questions at Columbus press conferences. But anybody who’s been following Meyer’s relationship with the media since leaving Gainesville knows that he was referencing Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi, who holds an admitted disdain for the two-time national champion head coach.

“I’ve not been kind to Urban Meyer, but I don’t like Urban Meyer,” Bianchi recently said on his radio show on 740 The Game in Orlando, Florida. “I don’t like the style of coach he is. I think he’s disingenuous. I think he’s dishonest.”

And that’s fine.

Bianchi isn’t the only one to hold that opinion, and you could find plenty of people in Columbus with similar things to say about Nick Saban, despite having never interacted with the Alabama head coach as Bianchi has with Meyer. If that’s how Bianchi truly feels about Meyer—and…

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