Five days ago, former Florida coach Urban Meyer previously had nothing to say about former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez. Now, with mounting criticism of his program in Gainesville as more negative information about Hernandez emerges, Meyer has broken his silence.

“Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” Meyer, now the head coach at Ohio State, told Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch via text message. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

As it relates to alleged drug use, Meyer is right. But a recent ABC News report raises real questions regarding whether a September 2007 shooting properly was investigated by Gainesville police or the football program. Hernandez, then 17, reportedly declined to be interviewed by police, invoking his right to counsel.