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Former UF coach Urban Meyer talks about Aaron Hernandez

07.24.13 at 8:49 pm ET

Urban Meyer, who coached Aaron Hernandez at Florida, spoke about his former tight end on Wednesday, saying he “felt awful” when he heard the news of about the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

“I felt awful,” said Meyer, speaking at the Big Ten meetings in Chicago. “It’s a sick feeling. Your thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Every player situation, every recruit situation, that’ll always be in the back of my mind. That’s all I can say.”

Earlier in the day, Meyer talked more about Hernandez, who played for Meyer at Florida from 2007 to 2009 before he was drafted by the Patriots in 2010.

‘€œThat was four years ago a player played for us. Our staff did, as they do with all players — I’ve had incredible coaches, incredible players. And I think the focus a lot of times when it gets taken away from those great players who are great people and great coaches on my staff, it just bothers you a little bit,’€ Meyer said.

‘€œBut you have to move on, and we certainly have.’€

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