For purposes of full disclosure, I am at best a casual Ohio State football fan.
I enjoy listening to Buckeye games, and generally root for the Buckeyes when they play.
But I’ve only been to a handful of OSU games, and enjoy tailgating more than the games themselves.
So it’s with that prospective that I approach the entire issue of the Urban Meyer/Gene Smith suspensions announced in Columbus on Wednesday.
I’m again amazed at the reaction to the announcement from the national sports talking heads.
I actually have heard one of them say that Meyer didn’t sound contrite enough in his post suspension announcement press conference.
I’m pretty sure the 2 things the Buck’s coach has seldom had to say in his life, except perhaps outside his home, are “i’m sorry” and “I was wrong.”
We seem to want the kind of tearful apology that didn’t come from Urban Meyer.
I’m amused at those who’re saying, with apparent outrage or disbelief, that if it weren’t for Meyer’s record, the 3-game suspension he received would have been much worse.
Should that come as any surprise to anyone?
Of course his record and accomplishments matter, just as I think they would in any private enterprise.
I have maintained from the start of the entire matter that I believe that if Urban Meyer had simply admitted during the Big Ten meetings that he was aware of the issues revolving around fired assistant Zach Smith, that the entire thing would have blown over by now.
And maybe, Urban Meyer would have escaped with nothing more than a reprimand in his university employment file.
Telling anything other than the truth is always a bad idea.
That’s the way I see it.