The bottom line lesson of Ohio State’s message

In the wake of Urban Meyer’s relative slap on the wrist from the OSU administration, I saw a lot of Internet outrage comparing his three-game suspension with the hits A.J. Green and Todd Gurley took over receiving outside compensation.

I get the anger, but I think the analogies are somewhat misplaced.  Green and Gurley ran afoul of the NCAA’s amateurism protocols.  Agree with those or not, they were in place when the incidents occurred and the punishment, while draconian, was consistent with what the NCAA does to protect its cash flow.

Corch’s situation was with his employer.  If you’re looking for an analogy that’s way more relevant, try this one on for size.

I’ll give you an even more cynical take.  Meyer’s predecessor was fired for lying.  The difference here?  Well, let’s just remember when Tressel was let go, Urban Meyer was a free agent, working for ESPN.  There’s nobody comparable waiting in the wings right now.  Draw your own conclusion from that.

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29 responses to “The bottom line lesson of Ohio State’s message

  1. Salty Dawg

    Ahhh! Excellent point!

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    I watched the video of Corch reading the apology statement that was prepared for him. He looked like he was making extra effort to look even more insincere, perturbed, and disinterested than usual.

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  3. dawgtired

    Wins cover a lot of sins. Win and get support even if you fall hard. Lose and you better not stub your toe. It’s amazing the double life/double standard these people live, the one the public sees and the one behind closed doors. I bet it’s tough keeping it all straight and knowing which face to wear.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      While I’m aware there are exceptions and various levels of deceit, I assume anyone with fame at this level is putting up an utter facade in public. Or they behave as someone like Trump and revel in their assholery.

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  4. This committee and investigation was a sham with a pre determined outcome. Anyone watching that lady summarize the findings at the press conference could see that .

    Everyone at OSU should have just admitted to themselves that it’s all about football and not investigated. That would is have been much more honorable in my opinion that this BS.

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  5. Not to mention if they had enough to get them out of a $48MM contract.

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  6. Jack Klompus

    Amazing how many people are willing to accept “their guy” no matter what they do. Of course, the reverse is true as well.

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  7. As soon as they announced a decision would be made in 2 weeks, I immediately knew there was no chance they would fire him and instead would hand him a 2-4 game suspension. Given Meyer is a top coach, of course they would bend over backwards for him, just as a corporation will bend over backwards to keep a very successful VP. On the flip side, a rather mediocre VP who isn’t particularly liked won’t be given the same latitude.

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  8. AthensRules

    Come on Bluto, he did not lie. He simply misspoke….a time or two..or three. If he did lie, it was not intentional and it was simply due to the fact to he forgot the circumstances of the situation he was speaking about. I can’t believe that you and the other millions of people outside of Columbus, OH don’t understand that.

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    • Athens Townie

      Kinda reminds me of…

      “I’ve always had controversy in my life and I’ve always succeeded. I’ve always won. I’ve always won.”

      “Those two counts aren’t even a crime.”

      “Later on I knew. Later on.”

      “I tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the [Ohio State University] would crash, I think everybody would be very poor.”

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  9. I haven’t read the report, but it sounds like:
    1) He likely lied to the investigators.
    2) He (or someone close to him) deleted potentially harmful text messages from what is likely his state-issued mobile device.
    3) He enabled someone who he knew had character issues and behavior problems and looked the other way.
    4) While he may have done the minimum by reporting, he did nothing to rectify the situation.

    Put all of those together, and that seems like a reason to fire him for cause. He wins championships and beats Michigan … that’s all that matters to the people in Columbus.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Assuming they do end up keeping him, which I don’t think is a given yet, it seems to me that justice would be their season imploding into a 7-5 type of record and OSU and Urban parting ways at the end of it. They would have sullied their already somewhat sketchy reputation for nothing.

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      • Unless Hurricane Brett has another bullet, the OSU trustees seem to think this is a shut case and are moving on.

        I would love to see their season come imploding down on him, the staff and their fan base.

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  10. AusDawg85

    Chizik and Miles were seen crumpling up their resumes and disgustingly tossing them in the trash after the presser.

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  11. Uglydawg

    There are other things Tosu could have done. They could have suspended him for a whole year. They could have required him to donate a year’s salary to social organizations that fight domestic abuse. Turns out..the whole investigation was a sham to protect the football program. This is Tosu.
    By lightly slapping his wrist, they have shown that they don’t really G-A-S about what happened…the only thing that matters is the football program.
    Thing is..even if Tosu had fired him, he’d be right back in as soon as certain other big-name schools needed a coach. They might fire him only to have to face him down the road.
    We can all name the schools that would hire him…I’ll just start with UL. There are others.

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  12. Very good observation. I wonder if the media and others will cooperate with OSU’s and Meyer’s plans?

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    But Greg Schiano is waiting in the wings…

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  14. Michael

    Ohio State was forced to fire Tressel because the NCAA was going to issue a Show Cause order against him for covering up evidence of improper benefits. The NCAA forced their hand. In this case, there are no NCAA rules against enabling a spousal abuser for a decade, so Ohio State could get away with keeping a highly successful coach.

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    • EXACTLY! In the end, the Tressel firing had to do with the NCAA sanctions and a further investigation (and “lack of institutional control” sanction) that would have resulted if they hadn’t canned him. So in that case, it was still about WINS and CHAMPIONSHIPS…and the negative effect of sanctions related to those priorities. Years later, OSU would have you believe it was about tats and the high ethical standard of the school. Hardly. Without an outside agency holding OSU’s feet to the fire, this is what you get.

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  15. 69Dawg

    The only sure thing was that Urban and his lawyer went into the meeting thinking he was going to either skate or be fired. Somebody on the board or the President came up with the suspension so that 1. They would not have to pay him 39 million and 2. OSU would not look like they were not a progressive university. Anytime everyone hates a compromise it was probably a good idea. They forced Urban’s hand, either take the suspension or quit and lose 39 million. The only thing they couldn’t do was get St Urban to like it and not show his butt on national TV. The body langue on the stage tells me this is not a marriage of convenience and nobody trusts anybody any more. Going to fun being around this program now.

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  16. Cojones

    Can’t computer experts resurrect past entries even though they are “erased” from eyesight? Couldn’t Urb’s computer be examined past one year to reveal past bullshit that was on a computer screen? My understanding that just sending material to trash doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be recovered.

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    • Macallanlover

      Of course they can. Have seen many erased text messages used in criminal cases, don’t even need the phone, provider has a record. Can even tell which tower they were sent, or received, on to determine a person’s location at the time.

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    • Pretty obvious…they don’t want to know.

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  17. Athens Townie

    Senator hits the nail on the head here.

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  18. The Dawg abides

    Didn’t Garry Moeller get fired from Michigan for being drunk and loud at a local restaurant? And I dont remember there being any underlying issues with him as a coach to be a catalyst either. Times have changed in the Big Whatever.

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  19. I have a hunch the ongoing media heat is going to make tOSU reverse course and fire Meyer before the week is out. I of course may be all wet with that prediction.

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  20. steve

    Something doesn’t seem quite right does it? Mike Price gets fired for stimulating the local trade economy in Pensacola in 2003 and Urine Myer gets a vacation for gut-punching decency. If memory serves while big Mike’s working girls were screaming ‘Roll Tide!’ Mike was yelling back, ‘It’s
    rolling, baby, it’s rolling.'” He even lied (like Urban) –and denied having sex with two women in his hotel room or even inviting anyone to the room.
    Urban got the backstage pass and Mike was a footnote.

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  21. John English

    at least he didn’t blame it on Ambiance!

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  22. Morris Day

    Testing embed of a youtube video?

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