spoiler alert: i linked this
I'm going into this knowing full well that I'm very much [not] toeing the "no politics" line*, so I'm going to actually somewhat try to stay away from the actual politics with this and just focus on the fact.
Urban Meyer has endorsed a political candidate. LINK
This comes on the heals of him saying it was "in appropriate" for a football coach to take such a public stance on politics. I personally think people have a right to say as much or as little as they want publically (that's not saying it belongs here, this place has rules), that's a personal decision, in a vacuum, I have no issue with Meyer endorsing someone. But it's really difficult for me to see the benefit for Meyer here outside of maybe getting his candidate a few more votes (in my opinion, former coach Jim Tressel's opinion on politics likely still holds more weight with OSU fans due to how he's perceived by their fans).
Now, a few things. This is a bit of a safe endorsement for Meyer. He's endorsing the guy from his state, that has is at least on the correct side of the right/left debate for many of the states he recruits. He's also endorsing perhaps the most moderate candidate in the field (this isn't an endorsement of that being a good or bad thing, just a historical fact of this candidates stances), and also a candidate that hasn't really angered anyone to the extent that every other candidate has. In essense, this is a very non-offensive candidate to endorse that may be perceived as good in his own state.
But again, where's the benefit? From my experience, taking a strong stance on politics outside of politics rarely has benefit. People that agree with you just agree with you and move on. People that disagree with you, which are potentially anyone from recruits, recruit's parents, to boosters and fans, may hold it against you to some degree. My feeling is that it's very little in the long run, but really, people are quite crazy about politics.
So I think it's an interesting thing to do, especially given the fact that he had earlier said it wasn't appropriate for his job (despite my belief that people have every right to endorse someone, I tend to agree that it's to a head coach's benefit to not discuss politics, or in other words, it isn't appropriate for the end goal of his job). The fact that it is likely someone on the opposite side of the aisle than most of his players and player's parents is perhaps interesting.
*Apparently I've been using the idiom "toe the line" incorrectly for much of my life.
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Following last second loss to MSU on Saturday, the mass media sure is playing up the future Buckeye departures to the NFL, questions about Meyer's leadership, loose lips sinking ships, and questions about team cohesion after the loss:
I did not expect this for an 10-1 team heading into big rivalry game, but there you have it.
I'm sure Ohio State will bring their best and try to end their season on a spectacular note in Ann Arbor.
I'm just surprised that Urban Meyer wouldn't re-assert control and put the kabosh on all the prima donnas players and their divisive comments.
As for future NFL depatures, I don't know that these talented players would have stayed anyway had they beaten MSU on Saturday. I think most were preparing to go anyway, because they can.
Should be a great game on Saturday for the seniors on both teams regardless.
More uniformz sacrilege coming your way because apparently everything that ever existed must be destroyed by 21st century creative marketing grads. The mary jane leaves become all the more relevant and appropriate. "So many bong hits man, I blacked out..."
Some more commercialization in the college sport:
It's all about the money........
#1 on the list is Harbaugh v Meyer in The Game.
"Lots will happen between the opener and the College Football Playoff, of course, but here are 100 things we hope to see this year. Here's a hint: Mr. Harbaugh is featured prominently throughout."
EDIT: An additional link from Sporting News, provided by lilpenny1316.
Jamel Dean is the OSU recruit who enrolled early this past winter only to find out OSU would not clear him medically to play football. Coincidentally, OSU was oversigned at the time. Not that they were related at all. Well, Dean just got offered to play at Auburn. Strange to see an SEC school benefiting from a Big Ten school cutting a recruit due to oversigning.