Urban Meyer can only blame himself for poor priori
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ten days ago, Urban Meyer was the head coach of a fully operationalpowerhouseat Ohio State, and the football factory was producing at an elite level.Six years and a 73-8 record, including a perfect 6-0 against rival Michigan. Two Big Ten championships. One national championship. A top-five ranking heading into theseason in the nation’s toughest conference.None of that matters now.MORE: Meyer wasplaced on on Wednesday while the university investigates whether the Buckeyes coach knew of a2015 incident of domesticabuse involving former receivers coach ZachSmith and his wife,Courtney Smith.No amount of winning can write offMeyer’s decision to keep Smith with the program https://www.justshoprams.com/robert-rochell-jerseys through a string of disturbing domestic violence allegations. If it can be provenMeyer knew about those allegations in 2015, which he denied at Big Ten Media Days, then he should be fired. Even if Meyer stays, thisisn’t a good look for Ohio State.There isn’t a win to be found in this situation for a coach whose reputation is still tied to his win-at-all-costs-days at Florida, where Smith also served as an a sistant. That decision could have been avoided when Meyer came to Columbus, and it’s one that could haunt coach, program and school for years to come.Smith has never been convicted, but the pattern of incidents and domestic violence allegations involving his wife go back to 2009 (the incident in question occurredin 2015). National college football writer Brett McMurphy before Big Ten Media Days. The story allowed Meyerthe opportunity to addre s why he had kept Smith who by then had on staff."I got a text late last night something happened in 2015, and there was nothing,"Meyer said on July 24. "Once again, there’s nothing once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that.“That was the wrong choice of words.It turns out the story hada lot more, with texts between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer and harrowing images of the former that showed her bruised and bloodied. They putMeyer’s tenure https://www.justshoprams.com/los-angeles-rams-kids-jersey in Columbus in jeopardy,a justifiable response if it’s found he unequivocally knew about that 2015 incident.One question lingers while this continues to play out: If Meyer knew about Smith, why didnt he do or say anything?Sure, there’s the relationship with Smith’s grandfather Earle Bruce, who was Ohio State’s coach from 1979-87. The late Bruce was fired because ofwins and lo ses. Now, Meyer might be dismi sed, too, albeit for a far worse reason.Forget about the loyalty to Bruce, Meyer’s mentor. Forget about Smith, a disposable a sistant coach. Forget about the wins and lo ses, if that’s po sible in a football-is-first-forever city. This is about Meyer https://www.justshoprams.com/aaron-donald-t-shirts 's leadership.This is about doing the right thing.MORE: There’s no excuse now.There’s no more wiggle room for Meyer or Ohio State if he is retained. Paid administrative leave is a temporary solution, but with the next step the program must show transparency and give a direct reason why Meyer should remain head coach.Meyer’sFlorida tenure is remembered in equal parts for two national championships, 31 player arrests and a culture Matt Hayes detailed in this piece . Meyer was able to offset the negative aspects the way most coaches do: He won big. He has won everywhere. He has an .851 winning percentage through stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He came to Ohio State one year after Jim Tre sel resigned, modernizingthe football factory to the point that the entire Big Ten is better because of it.Meyeralso brought in Smith, a remnant from that well-publicizedculture at Florida, and that could ultimately be where this ends. Why would he risk that after knowing Smith’s history during his time with the Gators and the increased risk that would put on Ohio State, which for the most part has been clean under Meyer?The domestic abuse allegations piled up. Smith’s lawyer i sued a statement on Wednesday. :” https://www.justshoprams.com/matthew-stafford-hoodies-sweatshirts Now that this has cost him a career, he has no choice but to set the record straight. But, unlike the method used by his ex-wife, he will deal with this in domestic court where it all should have stayed."MORE: That will play out in the court of law, where it should, but Meyer will bejudged in the court of public opinion. There’s no proof as of yet that Meyer knew about the 2015 incident, but he https://www.justshoprams.com/bobby-wagner-jerseys mi sed an opportunity to set the record straight at Big Ten Media Days. That could end up costing him his career. Meyer had no margin for error, especially with today’sincreased awarene s about domestic violence in society.Why would a coach with that much authority and presence allow that to happen, given the proven track record of succe s? There’s no room for plausible deniability anymore, and there hasn’t beenadirect answer to the question about the timing of Smith’s firing. At Big Ten Media Days, Meyer finished with this response:“I try to stay focused on what’s the most important thing,” he said. "That’s our players and our team. But I do understand the value. It’sTheOhio State University is bigger than all of us, so you have to do what’s right by them."He apparentlyleft out the coaches, one of whom could be his undoing just 10 days later. This is bigger than Meyer now, too.No matter what is said from here, that’s still the hardest part to believe.