To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Corch elects not to suspend two of his players who were ejected for fighting in the Michigan game for the Big Ten championship match. That puts the ball squarely in the hands of Jim Delany. If enabling Jim Tressel to take his team to the Sugar Bowl in the wake of Tatgate is any example, I’m sure he’ll do the right thing.
Category Archives: Urban Meyer Points and Stares
You gotta love the way Urban Meyer calibrates the validity of college football’s national title format.
“Without spending much time on it, because it’s not fair to our team for me to spend much time on it, I will say this — I think it’s a flawed system,” Meyer said Monday. “But when you logically think about what the BCS people have done, and which obviously we’re all part of, I think it was great for a while. I think you take an imperfect system and you do the best you can without hosting a playoff.”
Gee, “great for a while”? I wonder when that was.
Flash back to Florida, 2006. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was known as “Senator,” but “Mayor” Meyer was no political slouch.
It remains a somewhat sore and squishy subject, but Meyer became embroiled in BCS politics in 2006 when, as Florida coach, he made waves by saying before the final polls came out that the national championship game should not be a rematch between Ohio State and Michigan.
“A rematch would be unfair to Ohio State, and it would be unfair to the country,” Meyer said. “I just don’t believe that’s the thing to do. How do you tell Ohio State they have to go beat the same team twice? (Michigan) had their chance,” Meyer said the day after No. 1 Ohio State narrowly defeated No. 2 Michigan 42-39.
Yes, those were happier times, when college football was being fair to all of us. But those days are gone, evidently. At least we’re getting a new playoff system, though. That ought to bring some satisfaction to Corch, right? Well, at least until Ohio State’s outside looking in again.
“I imagine there’s going to be controversy with the playoffs too, now. It’s not a 64-team playoff; you can only have four guys. What’s that fifth team going to feel like?”
I’m sure he’ll let us know when it happens to him.
You know, for a guy who claims to be easily offended by the on-field actions of another head coach…
“That wasn’t right,” Urban Meyer said in his recently released biography, “Urban’s Way,” about the celebration. “It was a bad deal. And it will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our football team. … So, we’ll handle it. And it’s going to be a big deal.”
… ol’ Urbs is no shrinking violet when it comes to pulling off the occasional dick move of his own. (h/t The Wiz of Odds)
When Urban Meyer called timeout to challenge the ball spot of Allen Robinson’s fourth down reception in the third quarter, Bill O’Brien could only stare down Ohio State’s sideline.
The timing of the challenge called into question the Buckeyes’ approach to their ultimate 63-14 blowout of the Nittany Lions on Saturday. At the time of Robinson’s initially called fourth down conversion, Ohio State had been up 49 points.
“The timeout to challenge the spot? He didn’t think we had a first down, so he called a timeout to challenge it. I have no thoughts on that,” O’Brien said after the game.
Maybe O’Brien will write a book about it one day. Or at least call a few late time outs the next time Penn State is on the winning side of a Buckeyes game.
UPDATE: From Matt Hayes -
Let’s not get confused here. What Meyer did wasn’t running up the score. It was much worse.
What he did was tell the 65 scholarship players at Penn State—a team with 20 less scholarship players than his own, and a team that has lived hell the last two seasons through no fault of its own—that a 49-point humiliation wasn’t disheartening enough. You’ve had the worst night of your life, young men.
And now I’m going to make it worse.
I called or texted 10 BCS coaches in the last few days, and each made it a point to say that Meyer’s decision had nothing to do with running up the score. Pouring it on, they all said, is leaving starters in the game.
Meyer had his starters out midway through the third quarter.
“That wasn’t running up the score,” said one BCS coach. “That’s being a (expletive deleted).”
For once, I’m not sure what “expletive deleted” means there. Too many possibilities…
Gee, I wonder what they’ll be asking Corch about this weekend.
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Paul Solotaroff delivers a detailed investigation into Aaron Hernandez’s life, tracing his path from affable high school football star to deeply troubled NFL player to murder suspect. Solotaroff conducted interviews with family friends, high school teammates and NFL sources to help explain why the potential NFL great was ensnared by drugs, guns and a life of violence. Here are five revelations about Hernandez from “The Gangster in the Huddle”:
… In college his coach (then-University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer) may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents — an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar.
Granted, “may have helped” covers a lot of speculative ground. But, hey, isn’t that what pressers are for?
UPDATE: Really, Rolling Stone, is this all you’ve got?
“We didn’t hear that story till much, much later – the police didn’t file a report,” says a local reporter who was covering the team. As a sophomore, Hernandez was benched for the season opener, meaning he’d likely failed drug tests over the summer. But Meyer denied it, saying he “wasn’t ready to play,” again giving cover for bad behavior. “Meyer kept us at such a distance,” says the reporter, “or flat-out lied, that we couldn’t verify a pot suspension.”
Sounds like somebody who sat in Seat 37F.
It’s the smile that makes the first part of this clip so great.
It’s like Corch is trying to pretend he’s not quite sure whether Fowler’s pulling his leg or not. Not working, Urbs.
(h/t Lost Lettermen)
We’re getting close and you need to eat.
- Andy Staples’ SEC preview has some nice bits about Georgia, but, alas, no SEC East title.
- Can a defense in football force turnovers?
- Non-football, but Washington Monthly has Georgia ranked second among national universities for most bang for the buck and seventh for all schools.
- Yeah, Corch is still kind of a dick.
- The AJ-C‘s “College Football Insider” ranks Manziel the third-best QB in the conference because “he has plenty of maturing to do”. I had no idea that affected his play last season.
- Loran Smith thinks Mike Bobo still needs defending.
- Here’s a handy index for this year’s media guides.
- Kyle King, in a nice review of Bill Connelly’s new book, confirms that my memory isn’t totally shot, at least not yet.
- Arthur Lynch, on Georgia’s 2011 mindset: “We knew the talent we had, but we didn’t know how to win, if that makes sense.”
- In case you’re wondering what kind of off time starting defensive backs get for being charged with misdemeanor assault in College Station, here you go. (Hint: less than you’d get in Athens, but you already knew that, right?)
- If you’re looking for more information on Georgia’s first opponent, read Paul Myerberg’s preview, complete with a Georgia Tech ding.
Poor Corch. That’s seems to be the theme of Stewart Mandel’s sensitive look at why Urban Meyer is taking so much crap from the media these days.
The scrutiny is expected. There’s no avoiding it when you’ve won two national titles. But it sure seems he’s being held to a harsher standard than some of his peers.
“Some of his peers” turn out to be two: Les Miles and Mark Richt. Of course. Although Mandel manages to pull his punches when it comes to Georgia’s coach.
Georgia coach Mark Richt’s program has had rashes of offseason arrests and suspensions, though less so this year. He and the Bulldogs have taken heat for it. But Richt, widely regarded as one of the classiest coaches in the profession, is largely praised — rightfully so — for his firm disciplinary stances (some of it mandated by a rigid school drug-testing policy).
So what exactly is his point? Beats me – if Richt’s getting credit that Meyer isn’t because Richt is perceived as doing a better job of holding his players accountable when they misbehave, isn’t that how things should work?
I don’t think I need that sarcasm meter for this.
Muschamp: “We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we follow NCAA rules. They certainly know something about NCAA rules.”—
Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 16, 2013
Boom, Corch! Boom, indeed.
BTW, who’s down with a Florida-Ohio State bowl game match up?
Think I’m kidding? Check out this overwrought passage:
No, Meyer’s “crime” in this saga isn’t this pretense by the media that he was too lenient with Hernandez and other players at Florida. His crime is that he is now the head football coach at Ohio State, and it looks for all the world like Meyer has the Buckeyes poised for a lengthy period of dominance not just in the Big Ten, but nationally.
And that, as we have learned since January of 2001 when Tressel was hired at Ohio State, is completely unacceptable in the eyes of the media.
So now, we are to believe that Urban Meyer is to Hernandez what Dr. Frankenstein was to his monster, that Meyer is solely responsible for creating a soulless being, then knowingly and callously foisting this creature onto an unsuspecting public.
And now it is Meyer who is facing the angry torch-bearing mobs of the media, demanding justice for alleged crimes against humanity perpetrated by someone else.
This is all so predictable: The media is going to see who got away with what under Meyer at Florida, then see who is getting away with what under Meyer at Ohio State.
Not that the media actually cares about finding criminals on campuses — they could do this at every school in the country — they just don’t like the marriage of Urban Meyer and Ohio State. That’s a monster that needs to be eradicated from the face of college football.
I’d love for somebody to get him to read this embarrassing POS out loud. I bet his voice quivers.