The new Corch

Here’s a glowing Bruce Feldman piece about what keeps Urban Meyer up at night.

Marotti says that in the early years of his Ohio State tenure, Meyer would return from vacation armed with ideas to help make his guys better football players. Now, Meyer is consumed with finding ways to help his players better navigate what the head coach sees as a very volatile world around them.

“It’s probably 80–20 now,” Meyer says, explaining where his focus lies between real-world issues and football-related matters. “When I was younger, it was probably 30–70 more football.

“This is a topic of conversation among my colleagues in the profession now. It’s constant now. Fifteen years ago, no. Back then it was, Tell me about the spread offense. Tell me about punt return. Now it’s about the mental and well-being of your players.”

This, of course, begs the obvious question:  what took you so long?

When Meyer now talks about his responsibility as a coach to educate players, he has stories from his past to back up his philosophy. One of the names that comes up is Avery Atkins, the highest-ranked recruit in Meyer’s first signing class at Florida: “Could’ve been a first-rounder. Pushes a girl. I kick him off the team. The streets take him over in Daytona.” Atkins was found dead from a drug overdose in his car in the summer before Meyer’s third season at Florida, and Meyer beat himself up for years, wondering if he could’ve helped Atkins had he remained around the program longer.

“I lived with that for three or four years thinking, ‘Wait a minute, we lost this kid on our watch,’” he says. “That’s when we started giving kids second, third and fourth chances. I would not get rid of a kid, and it bit us a little bit.

“I went 20 years in my career and never really had stuff like that. I was convinced at the time that if he’d have stayed in our program, we would’ve gotten him right, and how do you ever let that happen on your watch? Tim Tebow and I used to talk about that all the time, and he looked at me and said, ‘We did everything we could. You can’t hold that on your heart.’ But it was an accumulation of those events and thinking, ‘This is serious business now. This is not flunking a class or missing a class. This is real life.’”
Barf.  You wanted to win, dude, and you didn’t care too much about what it took.  Plus, you had Huntley Johnson there to clean up the messes that came along regularly.  So now you’re a little more selective about character issues?  Bully for you.  Nobody should be throwing any parades for doing what you should have done all along.


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24 responses to “The new Corch

  1. PharmDawg

    This “man” corched Aaron Hernandez.


    • Dawg1

      The list is endless of unsavory recruits. From shooting up apartments to stealing dead girl’s credit cards.

      And CMR had emerging from an alley and failing to tell his middle name.

      And it was Richt who had always “lost control” of his players because of the suspensions he invoked.

      Yuck. Ohio State’s problem now.


      • Russ

        Corch is a scumbag, that’s been proven.

        What really pissed me off is the way the press treated Richt and UGA during this same era for “losing control of the program”. Meanwhile, the inmates at UF played every weekend.


  2. The other Doug

    Sounds like he is trying to counter some negative recruiting.


  3. ASEF

    So THAT’s what he is spinning to Momma in recruiting living rooms. Sucker born every minute.


  4. Cry me a river, you hypocrite. I never ever want to win that way with guys like Hernandez and Rainey. That sausage is disgusting.


  5. ATL Dawg

    One of the biggest phonies to ever walk Planet Earth.


  6. Uglydawg

    Regardless of Meyer’s sincerity or lack of sincerity, he has identified what should be a real concern. Lot’s of kids are off track today and kids coming out of high school are still somewhat malleable
    Coaches have a responsibility in that regard.
    I’m sure CMR took this responsibility to heart.
    I’ll always be proud of him for that. He believed you could have it both ways. If he had to come up a little short in one aspect, he’s probably content that it wasn’t the other.
    As for CUM, I hope he’s seen that light.


    • Comin' Down The Track

      Hey, hey, now… that’s enough of a well-thought out, measured response for one day. This is the internet, after all.


  7. TnDawg

    He is so full of shit. Don’t believe a word out of his mouth. Bringing Tebow into it is beyond ridiculous.


  8. Derek

    I’d rather be discussing Saban taking in Jonathan Taylor, him then beating on another girl, and Saban whining bc he had to kick Taylor out before he had due process.

    I hate that guy.


  9. Kevin

    THE biggest fraud in college coaching is Urban Meyer….period.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Kevin

    How much remorse has he expressed for the murdered victims of one Aaron Hernandez?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. ChiliDawg

    If only he’d just been able to keep playing football and go on to make big money in the NFL…. I’m sure none of his drug/violence issues would have become a problem. Right? Seemed to work out for Aaron Hernandez.

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  12. Beave

    It makes sense now. He brought back Chris Rainey for the 2010 WLOCP just so the kid could gain some character and stay out of jail. It all makes sense now.


  13. Kdawg

    Ole Urban Cryer, the biggest shitbag in college football.


  14. DawgPhan

    heard them talking about the article on the audible. I know UGA fans aren’t going to care about CUM or cut him any slack, but if he is trying to bring a difference attitude or perspective into the locker room then good for him and his team. I don’t doubt that he really wanted to win and I dont think that anyone is planning any parades for him because he selected slightly different speakers to come in and talk to the team.


  15. South FL Dawg

    Seat 37F.

    This guy only has time for you if you are useful to him.


  16. UGA '97

    Shorter Corch, “Hey Thugs come play for me I am obligated to keep you off the streets… thouggt bubble just as long as you are a blue chip….” Yes, Urban you recruited them and knew they were thugs, except Huntley couldnt save them for you, don’t give us this act like like you removed them. . Wouldnt surprise us if he’s setting up for another save attempt needed at in Columbus soon. What a piece of garbage.