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A New Report About Urban Meyer, Aaron Hernandez Has Surfaced

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer has been making headlines this week, as the Ohio State head coach returns to the Buckeyes in full-time capacity following his three-game suspension following the investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Today, Meyer is once again making headlines, but this time, it's for something in his past.

The former Florida Gators coach reportedly warned NFL teams against drafting former star tight end Aaron Hernadez, whose past doesn't need to be explained at this point.

The quote comes from Ian O'Connor's new book, Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time. It details a conversation Meyer had with an unnamed NFL coach.

From the book:

While coaching the University of Florida, Urban Meyer warned at least one NFL team that it should not draft his talented but troubled tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Meyer told that team, "Look, this guy's a hell of a football player, but he f---ing lies to beat the system and teaches all our other guys to beat the system. With the marijuana stuff, we've never caught this guy, but we know he's doing it. ... Don't f---ing touch that guy." An official with that NFL team said he was taken aback when Meyer's friend, Belichick, drafted Hernandez in the fourth round. "I never understood that," the official said.

Hernandez, of course, went on to be drafted by the Patriots. He had a promising NFL career before later going to prison and later dying.

Meyer, meanwhile, is set to return to the sideline on Saturday against Tulane.