I don't know if he is an urbanite or a city boy, but he is an excellent example of one of the things that is a mess with sports today. Ohio State’s investigation into the allegations against Urban Meyer and what exactly he knew about his assistant coach, Zach Smith's, domestic violence case is over. Reportedly the school’s investigation ended on Sunday with officials set to meet and discuss the findings with the Ohio State board of trustees this week. Also, there are reportedly some strong indications that Meyer will be allowed to remain at Ohio State and even only receive "time served", referring to his current suspension status.
Of course at issue is whether or not Coach, and I used the word loosely, Meyers did in fact know of the domestic violence and subsequently turned his back and continued to allow assistant coach Smith to remain on Meyer's staff. Now, let me be clear, he was not a NFL coach involved with millionaire adult players day in and day out. Smith was coaching easily influenced young men in college who should rightly deserve excellent role models as their coaches. Needless to say, Smith's behavior tags him as a violent criminal, not someone who could effectively and responsibly lead young lives as a shining example of one who can manage their own behavior.
All of this leads us to Coach Meyer's ability to continue to effectively coach young football players, both on and off the football field if, in fact, he is allowed to remain the head coach at Ohio State. Furthermore, if he is merely given a less than a slap on the wrist punishment for his neglect in taking appropriate action against Smith, what it says about the administration of Ohio State University is a mouth full! In essence they are telling their faculty, and the world, that you can be an involved in a criminal cover up and not expect consequences as the educators of our youth!
I love college football and am looking forward to watching game after game this football season. But, how can we in good faith ever watch a game again that is coached by Urban Meyer? Even if we are not pulling for Ohio State, how can we legitimize Meyer's continued coaching career by watching what he does on the field when his off the field responsibilities have been so immensely neglected?
Maybe Ohio state will do what we all know is the right thing and fire Urban Meyers. I doubt it though. They seem to feel a football team led by a winning coach, or that is his current status, is far more important that morals, responsibility, role modeling, and consequences. It will be a sad day in sports, period, if he is allowed to remain.
Until next time...Becky