Posted: 7:40 pm Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Urban Meyer says Ronald Powell, Dominique Easley not leaving 

By Jason Lieser

After three days of rumors flying around two of his prized freshmen defensive linemen, Florida coach Urban Meyer said there is no issue with Ronald Powell and Dominique Easley.

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Meyer acknowledged Powell and Easley missed “part of practice” on Tuesday, but declined to give details or additional information.

“It’s all good,” Meyer said. “They’re good. Real good.”

Asked if their absence from practice was excused, Meyer answered, “They’re good.”

There were various reports of Easley and Powell being upset and skipping Tuesday’s practice. They gained momentum quickly and grew into a report that the two players had cleared out their lockers and threatened to transfer. That appears to be false.

Meyer said the word transfer never came up in conversations with Easley and Powell.

Here is the exact transcript of what Meyer said about Powell and Easley:

Q: There’s talk about your two freshmen. Can you clarify what happened?

Meyer: “I’m not sure what talk. It’s all good. They’re doing great. Our freshman class is doing great. I keep hearing this and I keep hearing that and everything’s in good shape.”

Q: Did Powell & Easley miss practice Tuesday?

Meyer: “Part of practice. They’re all good.”

Q: Why did they miss practice?

Meyer: “They’re all good. They’re doing real good.”

Q: Do they want to transfer?

Meyer: “No. No, no, no, no, no.”

Q: Did you have to sit them down for a talk?

Meyer: “Never. The transfer word never came out of their mouths. They’re good.”

Q: Is it a big deal that they missed practice?

Meyer: “They’re good.”

Q: Were the absences excused?

Meyer: “They’re. Good. Real good.”

Powell, a defensive end, and Easley, a defensive tackle, were two of the country’s top 10 recruits last year. Both are expected to see significant playing time for the Gators this season.

Later in the press conference, Meyer was asked if the internet has been a headache for him when it comes to situations like this.

“We have a job to do to make sure there’s not crap going on,” he said. “Sometimes I hear it and I look and … I go, ‘What?’

“I really wish, as a coach — you know what coaches want to do? Move away and go coach a team and go play the game. That’s changed in the last 15 years. You don’t do that. Certainly not at a place like this. You’ve got to go get asked a bunch of things. Everybody’s just doing their job.

“It’s more not for us because who cares? It’s these young people — some high school coach got 50 calls because some guy put a blog on this. I was like, ‘My gosh. Everything’s good.’”