12. Broken Program
Meyer’s supporters point to his successes but they don’t say much about the negative effects that he had on the Florida program. Yes, the results were exceptional but they came at a cost. Sporting News investigated the negative culture that he created in the Gators locker room. We already talked about the 30 arrests, but this was just one part of a seedy underbelly.
Future NFL murderer Aaron Hernandez received a marijuana-linked suspension under Meyer’s influence. Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs chose Maryland over Florida because of Meyer’s dubious reputation. The general consensus is that Meyer doesn’t hold his players to high personal standards if they repay him by performing well on the playing field.