Chris Martin making headlines for the wrong reasons
Linebacker Chris Martin has made his name known to the Gator Nation without playing a single down.
Unfortunately, that notoriety comes not from his recruiting ranking, but from his unnecessary forays into the public eye.
Martin was recruited and signed as a five-star defensive end by Jeff Tedford and Cal before deciding to take his talents to Gainesville.
Since then, Martin has been flirting with trouble.
For starters, a seemingly harmless prank that snowballed into something huge was Martin's announcement that he had been kicked off the team via his Facebook account.
While he later said he was just kidding (also via his Facebook account), the joke was out of line and seemed like a cheap publicity stunt.
Most of all, it was irresponsible, especially in today's world.
I don't have to explain the dangers of posting false information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Then, the next blow came after Janoris Jenkins was arrested for the second time in 2011, the media learned that like Jenkins, Martin and Kedric Johnson had also been arrested for marijuana possession this calendar year.
And, as Will Muschamp showed with his dismissal of Jenkins, Martin has a very small margin of error from here on out, which is why his latest move baffles me.
It's nothing too serious, but like his Facebook folly, it was simply unnecessary.
In response to speculation surrounding him following Jim Tressel's resignation from the head coaching job at Ohio State, former Gators coach and current ESPN analyst released this statement:
"I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall," Meyer said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the people at ESPN this spring and remain very excited about my role with the network this fall.“Jim Tressel has been a respected friend and colleague for a long time. I wish Jim and his family the very best now and in the future.”
And Martin threw his hat in the ring with this tweet:
"Committed to espn? Lets see if the other analyst stress him out so bad he has to spend time with his family in COLUMBUS now.. #truthhurts"
I'm sure that Martin, like several of his teammates, is not happy about the Meyer rumors to begin with and the statement probably didn't sit well with him, especially the part that read "this fall."
However, Martin should know that disgruntled tweets won't accomplish anything.
In fact, if some news outlets want a story about how Gator players are upset with the Ohio State rumors surrounding Meyer (heck, I'm writing about it), then Martin has given them sufficient ammo.
Basically, Martin needs to learn some self control.
I have faith that tutelage from the Florida coaching staff will instill some discipline in him, but for now, Martin needs to develop the maturity to just stay out of the news like the rest of his current teammates.
Not only will it be better for him, but it will benefit the team as a whole.
The Gators need to move on to the Muschamp Era and leave the Meyer years (as good as they were) in the past in order to form their new identity.
And that all starts with player responsibility, something that has eluded Martin.
Hopefully, this is the last time he finds himself in headlines for doing something without wearing a football helmet.