Friday, August 7, 2009

How did they get that SI Cover?

Ben Volin gets to the bottom of it:

This Sports Illustrated college football preview hit newsstands across the southeast last week. It’s a funny cover, because Urban Meyer’s pose is a bit out of character for the normally stoic Florida football coach.

“That has to be the most ridiculous cover photo ever,” quarterback Tim Tebow said in a story by the Gainesville Sun. “How’d they convince him to do that?”

I asked Meyer that very question today after the first day of practice for the 2009 season.

“The guy took like 20 pictures, and at the end, he said, ‘Hey, just one time, can you take a picture with your glasses off?’” Meyer said with a smile. “I said, ‘No, I’m not doing it.’ He said, ‘C’mon, it’s just for me.’ ‘OK, one picture.’”

“And that’s the one they used.”