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Time served?

August 21, 2018 - 10:38 am

Ohio State University announced yesterday that its leaders will meet tomorrow on the matter of Urban Meyer’s future with the school. The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation to university President Michael V. Drake is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board also could opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks.”

And let me say right here and right now, that Urban Meyer getting “time served” for how he handled the history of domestic violence allegations involving Zach Smith would be an unbelievable move. And yet so believable. And the most Ohio State thing ever. 

Sure, Zach Smith had a history of domestic violence allegations, a DUI arrest, ordering sex toys to the facility, taking photos of his junk at the facility and in the White House, having sex with a staffer in the facility and photographing it…, and Urban Meyer let all of that happen, kept him on the staff, and lied to the public about it, but missing a couple weeks of fall camp is a harsh enough punishment. I mean, come on! He wasn’t there for when the guys were doing up downs, he’s suffered enough. You don’t think that punishment fits that crime?!? 

I get it, he’s a good coach. Hell, he’s a great coach. But do you want to be known as the school that protected a great coach who protected an alleged wifebeater? I know I wouldn’t. I know that’s the last thing I would want to be. 

Do you want to be the university president who has to justify that move? I wouldn’t want to be. That’s not being a leader. That’s not the message that I would want to send about my values.

Somewhere, Jim Tressel has to be ripping his sweater vest to shreds. I resigned over a tattoo scandal and this guy might get “time served” for how he handled domestic violence allegations?!? Are you serious?!?

Then again, let’s not act like a suspension would be much better. What, he has to miss the Oregon State and Rutgers games? Way to really swing a hammer, Buckeyes. That would be so impressive. Way to send the message that you don’t tolerate domestic violence or the protection of alleged abusers.  You don’t protect hypocrites and liars. But you obviously do. 

Just as Meyer protected Smith and continue to employ him…and then lied about it.   When Meyer was confronted about the 2015 allegations at Big Ten Media Days, he denied their existence. 

But then, over a week later, he released a statement where he claimed that he did know  then and even handled them the correct way at that time.

So which is it? You didn’t know about them or you knew about them and handled them correctly, because I’m having a hard time remembering which load of crap you’re trying to sell these days. 

And in the statement where he made that claim, he also wrote “Unfortunately, at Big Ten media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.” He says he handled the question poorly at media days. You handled the question poorly. You mean you lied out your ass about it??

Stop lying, Urb. Just stop. There were nine separate questions about 2015. And you denied it every time. Not only did it deny it, he claimed that the 2015 allegations were made up, saying to the media, “I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there's nothing—once again, I don't know who creates a story like that.”

If you did your job correctly and you’re proud of how you handled it, why lie about it so many times when asked about it? Because what happened at Big Ten Media Days wasn’t a result of being inadequately prepared to discuss the issue, it was a series of flat out lies. 

If you were inadequately prepared to discuss the issue, which isn’t an appropriate response for the head football coach when talking about the behavior of one of his assistants, admit it that you aren’t prepared to discuss it, don’t lie about it. But he lied about it. Repeatedly. His intention was completely to be inaccurate and misleading. 

And if Ohio State gives him time served or a short suspension, then they’re okay with all of that. They’re okay with a guy lying to protect an alleged domestic abuser. 

When Urban Meyer says he didn’t know about the allegations, repeatedly, in pubic, and then comes back later to say actually, he knew about it and he handled it the right way, how can you trust him? If you’re Ohio State, how can you trust him? If you’re the parent of an Ohio State player, how can you trust him? If you’re the parent of a recruit, how can you trust him?

Again, I get it. He’s a great coach. You might not be able to find a better coach right now because the only guy who is guaranteed to be better is in Tuscaloosa. But you’re not some scrub ass school who has to put up with liars in order to have success. You’re Ohio State, freaking act like it. 

And if you’re decision is to give him time served, or even a few game suspension, then that is Ohio State is, and is all about and we’ll know who you are going forward. 

This is a school that always wants people to make sure that they get THE Ohio State University correct. THE Ohio State University better get THE punishment right.

LIED ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, PROTECTED A WIFE BEATER. FIRE HIM.  SORT THE MONEY AND LAWYERS OUT LATER… BOTTOM LINE: We’re The Ohio State University. This is what we’re about and this is what we won’t tolerate. And we’re not going to try get into the gray areas on this. Lie about domestic violence and protect an alleged wife beater, you’re out. No matter who you are. Especially for a guy who is on record as saying he doesn’t tolerate domestic violence or dishonesty; that those are core values. Sure they’re not!