December 2nd, 2013 11:53 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: Coach Meyer, Ohio State, SEC, UF, Urban Meyer
I don’t dislike Urban Meyer as a person. I don’t know Urban Meyer. He may be the best family man in America. He might be a super-duper fellow when it comes to charity, as well. In fact, I don’t doubt that he is. He’s probably a good neighbor, too.
I don’t dislike Urban Meyer because he won at Florida. I don’t dislike Urban Meyer because he left Florida. I have no dog in such SEC fights.
What I do dislike about Urban Meyer is his split personality. On one hand, he speaks of discipline, of recruiting good young men to represent his school, of holding players to high standards in order to grow them as young men.
On the other hand, he’d drive the getaway car for some of his thugs, punks and miscreants if it meant keeping them eligible.
He’s the exact opposite of everything he says he claims he stands for.
SEC fans know what kind of a program Meyer ran at Florida. It was highly successful for a very brief period — the Tim Tebow period — and then it crashed down upon itself. Meyer quit, then didn’t quit, then quit again to be with his family, then caught the first plane to Columbus when Ohio State’s last coach brought that program down on his head. Irony: OSU has hired a guy who lets his kids get away with murder — just kidding, Aaron Hernandez was only questioned in a Gainesville shooting — to replace a guy who lost his job and landed the Ohio State on probation for letting his players do anything they liked.
What he said.
Depending on whose count you believe, 30+ Florida players were arrested during Meyer’s six-year arc at Florida. The New York Times reported that 41 of the 121 players on UF’s 2008 BCS championship squad were arrested at Florida, after leaving Florida, or both. That’s quite a collection of well-disciplined young men.
There have arrests at Ohio State, too. Yeah, I know, who didn’t see that one coming? After all, Hernandez stuck on the Gator squad despite getting into a bar fight at 17 and then being drawn into a shooting investigation.
Chris Rainey was arrested for texting his girlfriend, “It’s Time to Die, Bitch.” Did Meyer, the father of two girls, dismiss him from the team? Of course not. Rainey later went to the NFL where he was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers after a domestic violence arrest.
Janoris Jenkins was dismissed from Florida’s team when Will Muschamp took over. A pair of arrests actually had consequences under UF’s current coach. Jenkins — in a very damning remark — made it clear that such accountability wasn’t part of Meyer’s program (despite all of the coach’s talk). “No doubt, if Coach Meyer were still coaching, I’d still be playing for the Gators,” Jenkins said. “Coach Meyer knows what it takes to win.”
Indeed he does. And he’s displaying that knowledge once again this week.
Meyer has decided not to suspend — surprise, surprise — two starters who were pitched from last weekend’s win over Michigan for fighting. One of them left the field by throwing double birds at Wolverine fans. Beats throwing punches, I guess.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes:
Hope you stuck around until the end of that clip. Apparently that kind of behavior is what “Law & Order” Meyer views as the proper way to carry one’s self while on scholarship as a representative of THE Ohio State University. His decision not to dole out suspensions to Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson couldn’t have anything to do with the Buckeyes playing Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game with a BCS title shot on the line could it?
Now, because Meyer did a year at ESPN, many in the media look the other way when it comes to the stone cold, undeniable fact that the wins on his resume are matched only by the number of arrests, ejections, and suspensions that have occurred at his programs.
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