Ohio State's Meyer irked by bad conduct from his players

  • Article by: Joe Christensen , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 12:29 AM

The coach was put on the defensive for OSU, Florida issues.

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ActTwoJul. 25, 1312:08 AM

If you are going to blame him for Hernandez, then you have to praise him for Tebow.

rms316Jul. 25, 13 5:55 AM

Funny, when he was coaching in Florida, it didn't seem to matter. It was purely about winning games.

dewarfJul. 25, 1312:23 PM

rsm316: it's still purely about winning games. OSU is as much a 'sports factory' as Florida was when Meyer was there. In the last couple years they've lost both a head FB coach and the University President. Both to indiscretion and not understanding priorities. President Gordon Gee thought he worked for Jim Tressel (and the Regents probably agreed). The entire school is built around winning sports programs and they accept nothing less than excellence. So these schools have to take the top recruits regardless of behavioral issues. They know what they're getting from these kids, but they're willing to take the chance and make excuses later. If OSU doesn't take them, Florida, Miami, USC, Texas, Alabama or Georgia will. So if you're all about winning -- you roll the dice and hope for the best. These coaches accept that attitude when they take the job at one of these schools. It's why they're paid the big bucks.

SeaSharkJul. 25, 13 3:04 PM

JERRY KILL last month dismissed a Gophers football player from the team, the same week that Nebraska head football coach Bo Pellini kicked two Cornhuskers players off the team. Vanderbilt University head football coach James Franklin recently kicked four Vandy players off the team and the school's administration banned them from the campus amid a Nashville Metro police sex crimes investigation. The actions by Kill, Pellini and Franklin may be entirely coincidental from Aaron Hernandez's arrest and murder charges, but I hope that NFL and college football coaches will be much more proactive from now on about releasing players who are convicted of criminal charges, repeatedly violate team rules, or additionally in the case of college players violate their school's student code of conduct. Tubby Smith's refusal to kick Royce White off the Gophers basketball team after White pled guilty to theft and assault charges from actions he committed at the MOA Bloomingdale's store was a serious error in judgement that no Gophers coach--or any college coach in any sport--should make again. The days of college and NFL coaches giving anti-social players third and fourth chances should finally be over, a disciplinary standard now apparently embraced by Urban Meyer. College players should be reminded every new academic year that being a student-athlete is a privilege, not a right, and that the privilege will be swiftly revoked when a player's behavior becomes detrimental to the team and school. The employment contracts of every major and minor professional sports league should include clauses that allow teams to immediately void the contract of any player convicted of a violent crime against another person, any felony offense, a second confirmed violation of a league's PED policy, and any civil lawsuit judgement in response to a player's egregious personal misconduct. One Ryan Braun or Melky Cabrera is one too many.

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