"I didn't feel like they were going after the win," Meyer said.They wanted to shorten the game. I think that was the plan. There are 10 minutes to go and they're not in a no-huddle. It's 23-6 and no urgency (on Tennessee's part).Not trying to impress pollsters? Come on Urban. Your the guy who let's his team score over 70 points on a Division-1AA school. You wanted to destroy Tennessee in that game, but you couldn't because the Vols defense actually showed up to play.
"The way we lose a game there is throw an interception. Why put yourself in that position? Let's find a way to win the game. We're not trying to impress the pollsters. We're trying to win the game. A lot of it had to do with the way they were playing. It made our life a little easier."
Meyer even went as far to blame Swine Flu as to the reason why Florida struggled on Saturday. "It is a panic level of proportions I've never seen before," Meyer said. Ah yes, that old excuse. My mother still doesn't believe me when I say I have a cold.
Lane Kiffin didn't use the flu as an excuse for his team's play. When asked about whether or not Kiffin is worried about his team having the flu Kiffin had this to say, "I don't know. I guess we'll wait and after we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick." Checkmate.
Kiffin and Tennessee might not have won the battle, but they are still in this war. And for whatever reason, Kiffin is in Meyer's head. More so than Nick Saban, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, and Houston Nutt combined. Now I can't wait for next year's game at Rocky Top.
Kiffin defends game plan, takes shot at Meyer (St. Petersburg Times)