It’s mostly about Urban Meyer right now.
Upon completion of its investigation, Ohio State must at least admit Urban Meyer had a consistently alleged domestic abuser on staff, and that multiple domestic violence investigations were nothing at all until a local magistrate said they were, as previous court actions became public.
Most of the CN staff believe that the process of firing Urban Meyer has already begun. I am skeptical. I can see Ohio State conducting an internal investigation, then concluding that Meyer must be suspended for, oh, three games, or maybe an entire season, but not fired.
Maybe I misjudge the blow back, but we have a problem when it comes to attention span. This isn’t new - it’s been around since the dawn of time. We focus on a tragedy, a murder, and then after a while we grow weary of it and move on to the next thing. I am betting that Ohio State and Urban Meyer do the same.
They lie low, out of site, and wait until everyone’s attention span is on something else.
“The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “We are focused on supporting our players and getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”
“Gene and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion,” Meyer said in his own statement. “This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”
There is just no way you can “investigate” a domestic abuse situation without getting the aggrieved party’s story. This apparently didn’t boil down into a “she said-he said.” If you believe Lindsey Voltolini, it may have been nothing more than Urban Meyer running a “he-denied-and-we-believe” inquiry.
This is of interest:
With Urban Meyer on administrative leave, it’s worth noting that these sections were added to his most recent contract extension that was signed in April: pic.twitter.com/c8JNVCCj1V— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 1, 2018
Title IX seems to be everywhere these days. From the outside looking in, you have to wonder why Meyer bothered defending a wide receivers coach who was easily replaceable. I don’t say that because Zach Smith appeared to be a thin-skinned ass on twitter, but because of the Ohio State wide receivers over the past few years. Their performance probably cost the Buckeyes a championship, or at least an advance in the College Football playoff.
I realize that Smith and Meyer had personal relationship ties through Earl Bruce, but Smith is going to be his undoing; why would he bother keeping him around. Didn’t Urban Meyer have anyone on his staff or in his life that at one point said - HEY URBAN THIS GUY IS NOT WORTH YOUR CAREER. Apparently not.
This is what you do when you have blind spots. You keep someone around you trust that’s honest enough to tell you when you’re screwing up. We all know we have a penchant for defending “our guy” no matter the circumstances. We explain away transgressions.
When it’s not “our guy”, we want someone dead, buried, tortured, burned alive. Doesn’t matter what they’ve done, sometimes, we’re just not going to give them any breaks.
The key is in assessing a situation from both sides, and in Meyer’s case, this should have set off red lights, sirens, and flags all over the place.
Then you have this problem. Everyone will be looking at Ohio State and Urban Meyer with a microscope now. Even this guy, who looks like he’s related to Alex Jones. Ohio State is already under fire for sexual abuse by a team doctor; they don’t need this kind of attention.
Ohio State may look to defend itself more than Meyer. That’s the one argument I can see in his firing.
Note that if it weren’t for Brett McMurphy, who was fired by ESPN, and is one of the best reporters in college football, the Urban Meyer bit wouldn’t even be a story. That’s why we need good reporting.
Nebraska Fall Camp Begins Today!
We take another step closer to actual, real football as Nebraska’s fall camp begins today! There is a presser at 2:30 pm today. Scott Frost will speak and you will listen!
I believe we’re going to see some surprises; yesterday’s news that Maurice Washington would be eligible in the fall was certainly a surprise. Don’t be shocked if there are more roster changes or guys who didn’t make the initial roster.
Now There’s This
The I Promise School is unique — but it’s also building from a successful model.
I don’t follow the NBA and I don’t really care about the Lebron vs. Michael argument unless I can get a rise out of you. Lebron James is a very interesting guy.