On the day after Ohio State University announced that head football coach Urban Meyer was being placed on paid administrative leave, the reactions to the announcement have been as different and varied as you should probably expect.
At issue is exactly when he first learned about domestic violence allegations involving fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
Last week, Meyer said he was unaware of a 2015 domestic violence incident involving Smith.
There are, however, indications that Meyer’s wife knew about that incident.
A story published yesterday reports she promised Smith’s ex-wife that she would tell her husband about it, and there are some things I think we might all agree on.
1) If he didn’t know, he should have known about it.
2) It’s hard to believe that Shelly Meyer knew 3 years ago, but didn’t think it important enough to tell her husband.
3) There are plenty of Ohio State haters around the country, and we’re hearing from a lot from them.
4) There are plenty of Buckeyes fans some of whom have been very outspoken in their support for their football coach.
As a people, we seem to be obsessed with elevating celebrities, such as a football coach at OSU, to star status, but enjoy at least as much when the mighty are knocked from the pedestals we’ve built for them.
Americans are a very forgiving people.
If Meyer did know about he allegations, and admitted he did, and said he’d made a mistake in not taking action against Smith earlier during the big-ten meetings news conference last week, I suspect this story wouldn’t be nearly as big and would fade much more rapidly to one discussed only to fill time the next time the buckeyes are crushing an opponent on TV.
That’s the way I see it.