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09/17/2018 - 2:03pm You got it. That or the Penn…

You got it. That or the Penn State game will be at night and probably a GameDay event. You can almost count on it if Michigan keeps winning. That is why ESPN hasn't picked a Michigan game yet to televise. They can't broadcast The Game so they can go with these other potential marquee matchups.

09/17/2018 - 1:53pm Well, of course, this is the…

Well, of course, this is the rub. He can't admit behavior that incriminates his own belief systerm, whether recommitted or not.

Look, the narcissist in chief never wrote this well-conceived public relations piece. His only contribution was message approval, giving him control over the parsing of words in the statement, which explains why there is no acknowledgement of anything more critical than giving a "misstatement" to the press during Media Days and regret over bad leadership. No shit.

He lied throughout the process and now wants the world to give him absolution for coming clean on his own terms. He didn't write this, and you can tell simply based on the sentence structure; It was written by a professional not a coach with limited writing skills. The wording is not his writing style, and moreover I believe he was likely required to issue it as part of his reinstatement. The compromise for him was getting final message approval.

Yesterday, as part of his two-part ESPN interview with Rinaldi, he claimed that everyone should know that he is completely opposed to domestic violence. But in his life trial on this issue, he failed miserably and then compounded it by still insisting that when evidence of it was offered his wife, she never bothered to communicate it with him --ever.  Why? Wouldn't you have enough curiousity to ask her why she did that, even if this contention is to be marginally believed?

This is simply a means of covering up what you don't want anyone to challenge and to use your wife as your reputation foil, which is a probably a smart legal shield --spouses can't testify against each other--is a very violation of his alleged commitment to treating women with respect.

There are no good answers or solutions here. There is just the politics of public remorse demonstration and ending the Meyer news cycle, until the narcissist in chief decides he can't live without getting his pound of public love without winning alone. Must suck to be seen as always eating cold pizza as a successful coach without public respect.

09/17/2018 - 11:24am Welp, I guess everything is…

Welp, I guess everything is all right now. The emperor has apologized for wearing no clothes and finally bearing responsibility for the events that led to his incredibly short time off from coaching his team. For the record, the tonal quality and completeness of the umpteenth apology attributed to him, doesn't really sound like Urban actually wrote it.

Don't care whether he has recommitted himself to his core values. They've already been categorically violated by his actions.

You judge someone not by their written or stated future intentions but by their actions. Yeah, I don't believe you really care about women or honesty, whether written on a wall or not, except when it suits your purpose.

The fact that his wife didn't share vital information with him about what she knew was happening in real time about his coach's behavior in what they knew was a troubled marriage is beyond belief. What would prevent her from not sharing commentary about it, if not the actual email communication she shared with Courtney Smith herself, and not discuss it at any intervening point until well after Zach Smith was eventually fired? 

Even now, he claims he doesn't know what prompted her not to share her conversation with Courtney Smith. Really. Seriously, you have never even discussed that part of it?

And yet, Meyer claimed that he and his wife were key advisors to Zach and Courtney during their time in Florida together and now insists he doesn't really know what his mindset at the time he rehired him to work at OSU. Again, these two claims don't add up.

And why? Because he has already been forced to acknowledge that he didn't share any information with folks at The Ohio State about Zach Smith's prior marital problems during their time in Gainesville before rehiring him and then continuing to reward him with large raises in spite of ongoing fireable behavior. Does this sound like honesty renewed or actually showing interest in the welfare of women, by himself or his wife, who apparently works as a nurse?

This sounds more like covering all bases to avoid responsibility. There are lots of indicators of that.

Report disclosure that evidence was allegedly destroyed, and requests for the confiscation of Meyer and Gene Smith's school funded phones were ignored without repercussion or consequence of any kind, says all we need to know about the comprehensiveness of OSU's actual investigation and punishment of Meyer's bad leadership, a given on any factual or common sense terms you want to consider. 

So, let's be clear The Ohio State did not want to find Meyer guilty of anything. They were simply going through the motions. This latest Meyer missive is simply more public excuse-making to salve local and distant audiences. Those that know the case and Meyer's character for what it is, aren't persuaded.

 

09/16/2018 - 12:29pm And what do you want? I mean…

And what do you want? I mean this defense has been Top five nationally since Brown got here in many categories including No. 1 in third down conversion prevention percentage . You never shut down every team completely. They also compete and play the game to win.

I mean, do you ever credit the competition for making plays?

It's a game. The team that scores more points wins. That's it. That's the object. It only bothers us about  how good you look doing it because what else is there to argue about? Michigan got called for 13 penalties, a lot of PI's, whether legitimate or not, extended SMU drives when the defense had shut them down. Playing through that on a hot, steamy day taxes even an aggressive defense.

This defense is very good. But even great defenses give up something in the way they line up and shift, move and match up. And opponents look to exploit those to make plays. So SMU worked a lot of misdirection to curb our aggressive pursuit and run-to-the-ball mentality. And if one guy misses an assignment or fails to set the edge or blows a coverage, it results in a big play. There were too many yesterday.

But SMU gained only 319 yards which is hardly a big day. And the defense produced a touchdown. And that fact is hardly even mentioned as a positive here. The play was the game's most pivotal, it not only gave Michigan a two score lead, it also knocked SMU's qb starter out of the game. A small fact, I grant, but that's the way you really throttle the other team.

 

 

09/16/2018 - 11:21am Urban Meyer did this…

Urban Meyer did this interview with a sympathetic and chosen reporter to test his remorse tale, to try to control the media onslaught he expects will seek to question his motives for inaction both in managing Smith and failure to fully cooperate with OSU's investigation leading to his temporary suspension. 

Like others here, for me, his credibility is totally shot. I don't believe him on any level. I know his words will soothe his Buckeye faithful and perhaps calm fears among OSU recruits. Let them be deluded.

Meyer's actions and his thoughts don't add up. He claims he wanted to stabilize Zach Smith and his family, so he just let them be for almost a decade without finding anything out on his own when he knew there were issues to begin with that he failed to share with anyone at The Ohio State? He should have set up guardrails for his continued employment. That would have been something.

Meyer and his wife want credit for being helpful and advisory to Courtney Smith and her husband, and yet Meyer can't even acknowledge why he re-hired him at Ohio State, and why he continued to give him raises. And Meyer can't even tell a reporter when asked a direct question why his wife didn't share personal information with him about alleged domestic abuse that he claims he won't tolerate.

He not only tolerated it knowingly or not, he rewarded the abuser without personal or public challenge -- ever, in all situations.

More than that, he shows no real remorse other than for making a bad hiring decision. But going beyond that, why is it that no one asks Meyer or Gene Smith about their failure to hand over their phones when sought by school investigators and the head counsel's office. Why did neither comply with that request?

Nor has he offered any explanation for allegedly approving the deletion of one year's worth of text messages from a school-supplied phone.

Meyer wanted it on the record that he didn't get suspended for enabling a domestic abuser, that he was penalized for bad management of a bad hire. He was worse than a bad manager, not because of what he did or didn't do, but because he still can't come clean on any of his motives for this case.

And the reason he can't is because none of it makes any sense, not as a sympathetic onlooker, not as the highest paid public official in Ohio, not as the head football coach at the Ohio State University. His defense is pitiful.

He just looks like a bad parody of a coach who puts himself ahead of everything except winning. And because that is all that matters, he has to win the support of those around him to convince them that he truly is a great guy. He is not. He is a small-time leader at a big school seeking undeserved solace for what, actually? .

So, good luck to him with that character-building act going forward. Just understand this Meyer: we all know your shit really stinks.

09/16/2018 - 12:29am Yes, this Oline isn't…

Yes, this Oline isn't dominant when it faces a seven on five disadvantage. Sorry, to say that few lines facing constant line stunting, gap-filling run stunts and blitzes by charging linebackers can't control the LOS when they are outnumbered even if they outweigh their opposition. If you are occupied with your assignment and they fill the gap in the meantime, you get the result you get.

 

09/15/2018 - 5:16pm What, are you kidding about…

What, are you kidding about the secondary play? Yeah, they blew the coverage on the double-stack but Hicks is a pinpoint passer. His throws have all been completed in tight windows and only where his guy could get it. Give some credit, instead of tearing down our guys who save for the TD pass, have been in proper position and contesting every pass.

09/15/2018 - 11:54am The news cycle always moves…

The news cycle always moves on until it doesn't like a slow-moving hurricane hammering your credibility and character as the highest-paid representative of a major public institution.

And, of course, for The Ohio State, the bottom line is playing to win. And that means retaining your coach no matter what. So, winning with character now becomes the issue for the school as a whole.

Urban faces one more major challenge, a stickler of an interview as he returns from suspension to the sideline this week. And he will be challenged. The change in his status will be the story itself and that will then morph into how he handles himself the rest of the season, clearly with a big target on his back whenever his team plays away from Columbus.

But he's had plenty of time to focus on any issue he's asked about, and we'll see whether he attacks the scandal head-on or tries to deflect in a way that all coaches know how to with the media.

09/13/2018 - 11:42am Well, even our coach lived…

Well, even our coach lived there when his dad coached at the school,  practiced there with the likes of some Hall of Fame qb types before eventually coaching there himself. And Stanford does have an incredible record in winning the NCAA all-sports trophy almost every year. So, I'd say the athletic environment in Palo Alto can't be all that bad or a difficult choice for certain recruits. 

09/12/2018 - 4:30pm So, if this shows creativity…

So, if this shows creativity in the blocking scheme, introducing a new wrinkle in the way the Oline attacks the LOS, why does this get graded as a great playcall opposed to the same kind of plays that were called against the Irish? The answer, of course, is that because they were well-blocked by everyone, an explosive play resulted.

But isn't this always the case in assessing whether the play-calling was effective or not week to week, because the play execution actually made the play successful when called?

If somebody fails an assignment or doesn't execute properly, the play breaks down on some level.

Last week, Michigan ran off tackle and creases were created but Higdon exasperatingly failed to exploit them in an explosive way. You can go through that game and find instances where he gets tripped up after getting through the LOS clean and a linebacker or safety manages to trip him up as he was tackled on that long run against Western diagnosed here. Everyone must execute for a play to really work regardless of the competition.

And that goes to executing fundamentals and assignments, not playcalling, because in the end, Michigan didn't do anything exotic against Western than they did against ND, largely because they had a 100 pound advantage per man at the LOS.

09/12/2018 - 12:18pm Yes, not the best way to…

Yes, not the best way to seek calm from your spouse.

Whether it helps quell a fan base, depends on your ability to deliver results. Which in re-watching the Notre Dame game, I now see from a different perspective. In reviewing that so-called debacle with more sober clarity, something I am assuming contributed as much to the negative reaction that followed, especially the failure of the offense to score more points. 

Looking back, it was defensive penalties, especially early, that sank Michigan, period. There were five to six huge penalties that either changed field position or extended drives and put the this team in an almost untenable hole.

And it was the failure to make big plays combined with small execution errors on offense that derailed the team's overall performance. Yes, there were Oline issues. But in rewatching that game and the Western matchup, it also became clear that the playcalls didn't change much, if, at all. What improved, was the execution, especially by Higdon himself in breaking tackles.

Karan had at least three opportunities against ND to break big gains on the same power play that Michigan ran consistently in its first two games. And these plays broke big against the Broncos, because Higdon wasn't tripped up after getting through the hole off left tackle and turning a three-yard play into an explosive one. There were cleaner run opportunities, but Higdon was better last week than against the Irish, which was basically true for all of his teammates.

And I was struck by the fact that Wimbush mostly was able to hit first read spot throws just by chucking it and hoping for the best. He threw fades and timing passes just to get the ball off. The other thing I noticed, was poor ball-spotting all gamelong by the officiating crew that favored ND in addition to the Irish not being flagged for holding on at least one TD play and possibly two. 

 Losing to ND was hard to accept given the buildup of this team and its defense, but the fact is that in college football, emotion has a way of transforming ability, execution and altering outcomes because of certain big plays.

When it comes down to it, Michigan allowed too many of them against Notre Dame that it couldn't match or overcome. Yeah, there are technical and matchup issues in certain units, but Michigan is what we thought it was heading into the season and as it gains game experience and confidence, execution will dramatically improve.

So, relaxing our collective angst about not going undefeated and lessening our playoff hopes, may be the kind of advice you avoid giving a fan base, especially after two games.  It's one thing worrying about whether this team is going to improve.  Michigan was in position to win against ND, it just didn't make the plays necessary to make that happen.

 

09/12/2018 - 10:00am I don't know, I just think…

I don't know, I just think the morality of the times were different then. Not from a Michigan standpoint, but public perception. Moeller could have survived but Bo's shadow still cast deeply over the program. Michigan men don't act this way.

But let's remember, both Gary and Lloyd came as a package deal from Illinois. They were hired about the same time by Bo, with Gary recommending Lloyd to the staff.  Go back and read how Lloyd was essentially hired after a lunch at the Pretzel Bell in Bacon's book on Bo's Lasting Lessons.

You can read about Moeller's departure and Lloyd's ascendency as well. These are coaches cut from Bo's cloth with slightly different views on offense and defense, but not about how to run a team or how to recruit and manage players. So, you're basically talking about a coaching evolution that would have only changed in timeline, not much else.

As for Lloyd staying or leaving, I think he did agree to stay one more year because Henne, Long, Hart and company agreed to come back for their senior year in 2007. But the decision was precipitated by what happened the year before and the seniors decision for one more go-around. Whether that was smart or not given App State is always open to debate but it led us to our current time.

There were always rumors about how long Lloyd wanted to coach. The only strange act for me in Lloyd's tenure at Michigan was the way he dealt with RichRod in such a negative backhanded way, first recommending him as coach and then undercutting him afterward. It almost seemed like he was trying to make a point about philosophical coaching differences in a way that didn't become his character.

09/10/2018 - 10:37am As always, an astute review…

As always, an astute review of Saturday's contest. After reading many of the comments post-first UM drive, you could tell frustration and angst over the ND loss, was still highly prevalent. Lol, the offense sucks, Harbaugh should be fired (mostly tongue in cheek, until not) and assorted other feelingsball comments related to calling a timeout two plays in and then going three-and-out afterward.

This gloomy outlook lifted quickly as Michigan took control of the LOS with a hundred pound advantage on every Western Dlineman and the run game ran wild while Patterson hit all the throws we wanted to see, especially to wide receivers in the endzone.

So, even while others may have thought this was an expected result that shouldn't grade above the big MAC curve, I was happy to enjoy a Michigan beatdown of a school where both my daughter and son-in-law matriculated and are now pursuing great lives. Our dinner discussion later about this went about the way of that passing sentiment -- an expected result without the fear and loathing that our fanbase angsts about even in total victory because of a stubbed-toe start and the absolute need to qualify everything in terms of year-ending stock value.

Still, I enjoyed myself watching this game and hearing the Victors reverberate around the Big House with smiles everywhere. This folks is the way we should feel after most Saturdays where the guage for success is not five threads dissecting the play-calling and other fears that tether us to postgame channeling of every boxscore detail and anomaly.

It was a dominant win, part of the well-traveled road leading to next week's game which is the most important this team will play when it runs down the tunnel and  touches the banner 3:30 pm Saturday against SMU, to hopefully smoke the Mustangs like the Broncos.

09/06/2018 - 10:43am Jesus, it's just an article…

Jesus, it's just an article making a contrarian point to the naysayers. If you don't like it, that's fine. Nobody liked Saturday's outcome. Stewing endlessly about how it tracks with results from years ago with players no longer on the roster is just as irrelevant.

The job of this coaching staff is to recruit and develop Michigan men to play the game and do it well, even when they fall short of our expectations and goals. You may not like the results, but the numbers in the story indicate two things that we knew explicitly were issues needing solutions: qb play and Oline improvement.

Even if you hated the loss on Saturday, you recognize that Harbaugh is growing the qb position with competent performers. In fact, the qb situation was bad when Harbaugh arrived and he created competition for the job to enhance it by encouraging more depth through 5th-year transfers while hiring additional OC staff. He's moved coaches around, let some go, and continually changed his staff makeup.

The Oline is a completely different animal and fix. Criticism of that is well-deserved. There again, however, he's taken steps internally to alter its coaching. So, time will tell until recruits pan out or fail to meet recruiting goals.

You can't win games already played. You can only play the schedule ahead and prepare for it with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind in order to succeed and achieve what everyone wants.

That's still the aim, the goal and the expectation here. We all get it. But claiming an article that presents a more sobering picture of our narrow lens for championship success doesn't make their comparisons any less valid than the ones made here in disgust. It's just a different way of looking at things, glass half full, or half empty. Take your pick.

We have another game on Saturday, deal with it and cheer for a better outcome. LIfe goes on.

09/04/2018 - 3:39pm Not really. I saw Auburn…

Not really. I saw Auburn-Washington, and Washington deserved the defeat, while Auburn did enough to win. The game followed the script of all the weekend titls given major billing. Just because they are on national TV doesn't mean the participants are the best the nation has to offer.

09/04/2018 - 3:34pm Yeah, and there are step-up…

Yeah, and there are step-up games throughout the season. You just gotta win them all to get to the magic kingdom that only four teams get invited to. It always helps to be voted near the top at the beginning because you always get the benefit of the doubt until you don't. And in the case of the Clemsons, Alabamas and Ohio States of the CFB world, you get lots of lingering benefit even when you score 77 points and give up 31 to a bad team at home.

Oh well, sucks to be us  So we're at 21 and have to hope we'll grow as the season grinds on.

09/03/2018 - 6:38pm Well, Braylon is also a…

Well, Braylon is also a regular on WTKA's lineup of programs. And WTKA engineers produce Harbaugh's podcast, so I wonder whether he will be invited to appear or respond to the BTN suspension. I am guessing he will be persona non grata on their shows as well.

 

09/03/2018 - 4:43pm In real time, while watching…

In real time, while watching the game, I got the feeling that most of ND's early scores were the result of dumb luck. Wimbush throws a timing pass down the sideline out of the endzone and his receiver happens to run under it at the right time and then get banged to the ground by Metellus who is then promptly ejected for targeting. That was a 50 yard turnover. First, it wasn't the case that the receiver was wide open;  he wasn't, but everything went right for the Irish on that play and every other one it seemed, especially on  third down. Michigan couldn't get out of its own way on offense or defense in the first half.

The defense played up to its elite rep on two downs and then broke down on the get-off-the-field down. The deep throw to the 5'10 receiver in the end zone was a TD Jesus prayer answered when Hawkins who was in perfect position with Kinnel late to the party desperately trying to back up the play, offering no assistance on the pass break-up after the ball went through Hawkins' hands. And they went after Hawkins on the play. That was a scramble deep bomb too, not a picture-perfect pass.

Certainly, credit is due to ND putting the ball in the end zone when it had opportunities, but Wimbush is not a good passer. He is very elusive and effective manuevering around the pocket, but he was either late or lucky with some of his best throws, and most of the time under duress. 

Michigan played out of sync, got no calls and had every iffy call go against them. They were barely lucky to get a replay on a first down catch by DPJ in the second-half, that reminded me of the Ohio State crew and its ball-spotting. This was an ACC crew and it actually got intimidated by Harbaugh whose ranting enabled Michigan to get a ridiculous PI call late on a duck pass thrown by McCafferty after Patterson went out for an IV.

From my perspective, Michigan's play was also deeply affected by the humid conditions, which others have barely mentioned as a factor in why the defense or offense might have been sluggish and ineffective. Not saying you shouldn't play through something that is a condition for both teams, just saying it appeared a factor in the level of play.

This doesn't alter the gripes about play-calling and time management. But in my book, you run meat and potato plays in order to build off of them, and if they don't work, it's hard to run more exotics that depend on similar looks and proper execution. It was execution mistakes, missed assignments along the line that ruined Michigan's scoring opportunities, which should have led to 9 points or more. That is why Washington lost to Auburn in a neutral site game, that wasn't unlike what transpired in South Bend. And that outcome was regarded as having the more crucial win-loss impact than Michigan losing to the Irish.

I was disappointed with our play and losing just like everyone else. But the sky isn't falling. I saw what other teams did on their opening day, and both MSU and Penn State were on the ropes in the final minute of their games all with turnovers ending their opponents chances as was the case with Michigan. The road teams all lost in those situations. Even OSU gave up 31 points in victory.

So, three major Big East contenders all gave up 30 points or more in what were regarded as cupcake openers. And we gave up 24 and only 3 in the second half after getting mostly torched early. Yeah, losing sucks, and it really sucks when everyone is thinking this is our year; spirits and optimism is sky-high and then you step in a hole right off the bat. But before we collectively give up, let's see what the boys are made of, and whether Harbaugh has got the right stuff to fix things. It's a long season. And you don't win the Big Ten or a playoff spot on Labor Day.

 

 

08/31/2018 - 9:44am And two of the most classic…

And two of the most classic Michigan wins over the Irish to boot.

08/31/2018 - 9:39am Tomorrow night the Irish…

Tomorrow night the Irish will be feeling the rush of Rashan, the pursuit of Chase, and we will sing the Song of Solomon and give a big drumroll for DrumFour as we celebrate the Victors. Hail to them all!

08/30/2018 - 5:50pm The investigation was…

The investigation was launched by the university in response to McMurphy's first article.

However, it was mostly caused by Meyer himself who completely botched the coverage of the Smith firing and failed to manage the news cycle afterward.

His media skills were awful and by claiming in the most opaque and distant way that he didn't understand how anyone could come up with a story about the Smith dismissal under the circumstances, he invited greater scrutiny, which came curiously enough primarily from local scribes.

He compounded his initial error in judgment with brutal responses that then prompted a statement issued days after his Media Days comments that fanned the furor when he lied about what he knew and when he knew it, while asserting still another lie that he followed all protocols in reporting any Title IX violations that came to his attention as he specifically did in the Smith matter with his AD Gene Smith.

Later, Smith would completely disavow this contention at a press conference announcing his three-game suspension by the 20-member board of trustees. In fact, there is no evidence on the record that Meyer took any formal action of his own to curb any sordid behavior attributed to his assistant coach.

In fact, just the opposite is true.  There is evidence that all along the way of Smith's employment connection to Meyer, that people stepped in, either friends, family or police intervened to dissuade or alter official action, change records and otherwise give the impression that while Smith may not have been a model coach, he had not been arrested or criminally charged and thus had a relatively clean bill of employment health. Until, of course, other disclosures colored even that rosy deception of reality.

If you examine any relevant timeline in Smith's employment at Ohio State, you only see one thing: People coming to his aid to keep him on the job, regardless of what he did.

And Ohio State's own investigation revealed everything, which, was largely done to prevent more bombshell stories from being discovered and subjecting investigators to the claim of lax effort.

What the board couldn't ultimately hide was the way the facts in the case failed to properly disguise the head coach's response to them. And so not every trustee was willing to go along with a suspension that condemned the emperor for wearing thick goggles instead of no clothes, which the facts completely justified.

And so a man of integrity stepped up and left the debate before the verdict was reached and then wrote his resignation letter even as the verdict was being announced. It wasn't unanimous. Integrity grows in Columbus. Who knew?

08/30/2018 - 11:22am I really enjoy reading your…

I really enjoy reading your columns during the season.

And I concur with your position on the season and how instead of looking at a season's schedule and deciding what the outcome will be, you have to look in smaller picture window frames than through a singular large lens and making a judgment based on that.

So, I would agree that Michigan could wind up going anywhere from 9 and 3 to undefeated. Michigan like all teams will have issues, and ups and downs depending on injuries and other unforseen factors that always seem to play a role in how games and seasons are won and lost from a fan's perspective.

I like looking at the season as a matter of building momentum and overcoming hurdles that propel collective optimism forward. And optimism is always highest when you win your first game and do it beating a major opponent where the threat of losing compels even greater interest and intrigue, which is the case facing ND in South Bend.

Beat the Irish, and do it with certain authority, and this team should be on the road to an undefeated record in September with another interesting road match in Evanston to close out a 5-game month.

Get by Maryland the first week of October, and at 6-0, and an unscathed season hinges on winning two huge home matchups against Wisconsin and Penn State, and then beating MSU. These are all big focus games sandwiched by trap contests leading up to the huge finale where anything goes in terms of possibility.

I am feeling this team could finish with a kind of 2006 year albeit with a hopefully better endgame result in Columbus. In any case, if they build it like that, then that elusive fun win finish will come. And because that's what I want to happen, that is the way I expect it will end. If not, I'll still read your column to find out why it didn't, along with being slightly disappointed but not crazy upset -- unless, of course, they lose in South Bend. Then, all bets are off.

08/30/2018 - 10:36am Great. Then his ex-wife can…

Great. Then his ex-wife can tell the world all the steps that were taken to prevent her and the police from actually bringing charges to protect Zach Smith over time, and offer the limited argument that because no charges were ever brought for his behaviors, that they in fact never rose to the level of chargeable offenses which is now the primary defense for his conduct.

Smith worked in a high profile job and environment where public relations and personal responsibility matters in job performance and the perception of it by others, regardless of whether the boss had his back. So, how many corroborating witnesses is he going to have to support his case, period? Who will want to do that for him?

It's one thing to comment in his favor online, it's another to put yourself on the line in public testimony. Guess, we'll see.

08/29/2018 - 7:13pm Let's talk about reality and…

Let's talk about reality and truth in performance. Lloyd Carr is the perfect example for this test. Why? Well, because he and Moeller were hired off the staff at Illinois to coach at Michigan under Bo.

Lloyd would wind up working at Michigan for more than 30 years. He wound up with a winning percentage almost as good as Bo's. He won a national championship, regardless of the circumstances. He coached two of the most influential football players in our lifetime, Woodson and Brady. And he didn't really take part in their recruitment.

Lloyd won his first and last game, both in remarkable fashion.

But during his tenure, he recruited some of the greatest names in the game. And you never knew he did. Because that's just the way it was back in the day. Lloyd acted weirdly after his coaching tenure and I won't vouch for him during the RR period.

But I think he was a fabulous coach nonetheless. He was strong and he demonstrated Michigan values and he is my favorite Michigan head coach. He's never been given the actual credit he deserves. He produced and coached our touchstone championship teams in 1997 and 2006 teams. He recruited great players on every level, period.

Go watch the games of the 2006 season. Henne was his qb out of necessity after Matt Gutierrez was injured game week of our opening game in 2004, the year after Navarre graduated. He was constantly challenged by qb problems throughout his coaching tenure. Lloyd only had a starter he could rely on because injury forced his hand, not his recruitment planning and development.

 

08/29/2018 - 4:44pm As far as I am concerned,…

As far as I am concerned, the actual proving of domestic violence allegations in this matter is irrelevant.

That was the motive for examining the evidence in greater detail and take us where we are today  with a suspension of the head coach for three games. He should have been fired for failing to perform the contractual responsibilities of his job based on the evidence if an objective jury were considering the facts and applying any professional standard of judgment. But that wasn't the case.

If you cannot hold this man accountable for the kind of lax supervision he permitted on his staff, regardless of how Zach Smith dealt with his wife, then how do you exact punishment for any other staff member on campus with similar oversight and supervisory  responsibilities?

I mean that's an internal issue. For the outside world, we don't have to consider personal issues with regard to motive or rationalization for permitting flagrant behavior to be overlooked for whatever reason. We just apply the standards that impact us and wonder why they don't have bearing in other places like Columbus. But, of course, we know without thinking why choices are made there that aren't made elsewhere.

And those who live there and wonder about that judgment are those who live in a very small world, mostly of their own creation. 

08/29/2018 - 4:00pm HIs anger is misplaced. He…

HIs anger is misplaced. He deserves no outside sympathy. He brought this on himself with his immature and unprofessional behavior on the job.

The fact that his ex-wife has responded the way she has is a function of their toxic relationship and the way it carried over to his job and impacted others. Don't blame the world for how it perceives you when you've played into the very stereotype of your low-life situation and acted the way you did on the job.

There is no hero or sympathetic figure here. You wrote your own story, we view it through our own life experience, understanding and personal lens. You use your children as a crutch for claiming the world doesn't see you the way you want to be seen as some caring dad who worked long hours as a football coach.

You got paid very well for the privilege of representing a highly successful football program and you embarrassed its reputation with your behavior.

Urban Meyer enabled this guy because he was his mentor's grandkid.

That's the story he tells. No one argues with it. It's not that he  hired this guy because he was so good at relating with super young athletes and turning them into productive college players and more importantly, great people, once they left school.

There are no tales attached to this soap opera that make that case outside of his mother's commentary. Why is that? Why isn't Zach Smith given some good word from someone, anyone other than his mother? Why hasn't anyone stepped up to say this guy beyond everything that's been reported, really is a special guy? Maybe because you gave no one outside your family reason to make that case for you.

No, he has dragged his family into this, to claim they have been damaged by this public relations fiasco. Well sir, you are responsible for that. And the fact that you keep blaming your former wife for all your issues makes you what? Certainly not a man in any sense of the word. 

Whether you beat your wife or not, the allegations of that led to every other disclosure about yourself and how that reflects on your head coach and the pretzel logic that was used to keep him in that job without further punishment. 

 

 

08/28/2018 - 9:17pm You should understand that…

You should understand that neither Meyer nor AD Smith responded to phone-related message or text information requests from the university. These were requests precipitated by the school newspaper, and officials within the football department along with Meyer failed to turn over his phone.

The requests were launched by the school's general counsel's office and then not followed up. And the Board of Trustees and president have taken no action in connection with that insubordination.

Both the Big Ten and NCAA have apparently given their blessing to the action taken. And it appears that unless some media organization presses the issue, nobody will ever have reviewed the contents of either Meyer or Smith's phone.

It's almost like following a message maze that gives the appearance of proper response and follow-up when nothing actually happened and nobody at the school thought it was worthwhile to make sure orders were followed. Because, after all, who the fuck is gonna push the issue?

08/28/2018 - 9:16pm You should understand that…

You should understand that neither Meyer nor AD Smith responded to phone-related message or text information requests from the university. These were requests precipitated by the school newspaper, and officials within the football department along with Meyer failed to turn over his phone.

The requests were launched by the school's general counsel's office and then not followed up. And the Board of Trustees and president have taken no action in connection with that insubordination.

Both the Big Ten and NCAA have apparently given their blessing to the action taken. And it appears that unless some media organization presses the issue, nobody will ever have reviewed the contents of either Meyer or Smith's phone.

It's almost like following a message maze that gives the appearance of proper response and follow-up when nothing actually happened and nobody at the school thought it was worthwhile to make sure orders were followed. Because, after all, who the fuck is gonna push the issue?

08/28/2018 - 8:58pm For years, Urban has claimed…

For years, Urban has claimed that he and Shelly were sympathetic friends and advisors to the Smith family. As it turns out, that was total bullshit. Not only did Courtney Smith claim she never heard from Urban. But Shelly acting as if she was sympathetic and wanting to be a supportive friend, turned her back on her, with repeated assertions that she never believed what she confided in her, she ever believed.

Everything you read is designed to give Urban and his wife total credit for being supportive until it came time for their support to be publicly analyzed in connection with his response to actual oversight. Turns out, Urban Meyer totally sucked at supervision and Shelly sucked at friendship. And so The Ohio State is now claiming there is way to salvage this by claiming that the Smiths were totally to blame for fucking things up.

 

08/28/2018 - 8:44pm You are correct about that…

You are correct about that. But there is no place in this country where winning percentage is a greater public concern when matched against personal and institutional integrity, than the Ohio State University football program. Winning always trumps integrity, honesty and truth. That is the No. 1 core value at The Ohio State. 

 

 

08/28/2018 - 5:08pm  Logic is not a factor in…

 Logic is not a factor in making playoff picks. If Michigan were to beat Wisconsin twice, and Wisconsin was otherwise undefeated, do you think voters are going to advance the Badgers over some other team with the same number of losses? Because that's the only way they get in. Wisconsin or Michigan if they beat each other, would be subject to the playoff debate, in all other circumstances, not a factor.

08/28/2018 - 5:01pm Six ESPN guys picked…

Six ESPN guys picked Michigan while eight picked PSU. That's all you need to know about what they know.

08/26/2018 - 10:30pm Yes, of course. They could…

Yes, of course. They could do it. You could do it if you could prove a certain standing. The Lantern or McMurphy would have the greatest reason to do it. And if McMurphy were still working for
ESPN, then he might have the resources to make the case. 

What you really need is connection to a media access attorney, typically one working for a state press association. That is usually how these issues are fought. When you stir the shit in cases like this, the dscovery process can take you anywhere.

I doubt The Lantern would press the cause, though I think other school papers like the Michigan Daily would have no qualms doing it if this happened at Michigan. But maybe I'm wrong about that. The Ohio AP or one of its members wrote the story, so they would be the logical one to actually take it to the next step. Even the Ohio Press Association could take it on for its membership if prompted.

The reason I think this is a big deal is because the local media buckled and played propagandist with this story even when it was shown to be weak in every aspect of reporting on this, and I mean having a national independent reporter drop the dime on Meyer and his program.

08/26/2018 - 10:15pm You miss the point. This has…

You miss the point. This has nothing to do with us and whether we get some pound of flesh. This has to with what was done and overlooked either to avoid accountability or just give the appearance of it. Any response to this matter, would have to be initiated by the media. That's never going to happen in Columbus.

But the other question is this: if Meyer never deleted any texts or phone messages, how come he never produced his phone so that could be determined? Because there came a point when he would have to acknowledge that his phone records were being sought, and memory loss either by prescribed medication or simple forgetfulness is not an excuse for denying access or retrieving that documentation.

And even if you conclude that he his not personally culpable for failing to respond to a records request, the university is. And this doesn't have to be about nailing the coach; this can be about showing up the school.

Because in conspiring to protect Meyer, others took measures to aid in that effort. So other heads could roll. At the very least, the fact that neither Meyer nor Gene Smith produced documentation sought as part of an official media request, whether by FOIA or not, the evidence shows that football department officials took actions designed to coverup whatever they felt might damage Meyer personally and the football program as a whole.

08/26/2018 - 9:09pm This in the journalistic…

This in the journalistic trade is known as a process article, a piece that examines whether the circumstances of a particular government or university-related public institution in form or function violated any standard of a state's open meeting or public records laws by denying access or regulatory response to a particular request that might trigger legal action.

Usually if or when a violation is found, you might find some news outlet working with a state press association and its public access attorney threatening to bring suit in order to correct the record.

In this case, as part of its summary report, the investigative committee hired by Ohio State admin to investigate Urban Meyer's supervision of Zach Smith did a very thorough job in reporting all of its findings about the case, and in particular, the lack of response to email and cell phone records requests made by university officials following up with officials within the football department.

Initially, when the school newspaper, The Lantern, asked for emails from Meyer's phone, the university failed to respond.

But the lack of clarity surrounding this issue was compounded by the alleged failure of school personnel to respond promptly to two July 25 requests, one covering a period from July 18-July 24, 2018, and another for emails and text messages from Oct. 25-Dec. 1, 2015. And the Lantern also sought the same type of records in communications between Meyer and AD Gene Smith regarding Zach Smith for those same periods of time.

According to the New York Times, which on Aug. 24 published highlights of the Ohio State investigative committee findings, the school paper requests were forwarded to Julie Vannatta, OSU's senior associate general counsel, who in turn emailed AD Smith and Diana Sabau, senior assciate athletic director, instructing them to retrieve responsive emails and texts. On July 26, Vannatta asked Amy Nichol, the football department's director of internal operations, and Brian Voltolini, director of football operations, "to get Meyer's phone and check texts with Zach."

Voltolini had been on the practice field with Meyer on Aug. 1 when Brett McMurphy's story broke detailing Meyer's knowledge of domestic violence allegations against ZS. After reading the story, Voltolini went up to Meyer and told him this was "a bad article." And the two then reportedly discussed whether the media could get to Meyer's phone and how to adjust settings on it so that messages on it older than one year could be deleted.

In the end, in spite of all these named officials knowing about the phone records requests -- and indeed both AD Smith and Sabau reported they had no documents on their end -- it now appears that no one actually checked Meyer's phone or even approached him about the requests.

So, while it has been widely noted that Meyer and staff deliberately responded to McMurphy's report and showed him how to actually alter his phone to delete more than year-old phone records, it has never been widely noted that this alleged destruction occurred after the university had received official media requests, and thus any destruction of that information could violate the state's public records law.

Now, as noted above, there is no case for such a violation unless the case is made. And given the way this matter was handled by the school's board of trustees and reported by Columbus media, which has been repeatedly lied to and denied public records access by both the university and police, I don't expect any further action. That is, unless McMurphy wants to continue his lone wolf cause.

 

08/25/2018 - 11:34am I don't know who will…

I don't know who will ultimately get blamed, but it won't be the university. They did everything possible to look the other way and keep him as coach in spite of the obvious public relations blowback. The rest of the community pretty much expected that and has acted accordingly.

While this case started out as a simple firing for something that was personal --a protection order sought by Courtney Smith against her former husband for alleged trespass violation-- the argument from Buckeye fans is that Zach Smith was never arrested or convicted of any domestic violence-related charge, thus his dismissal was never really warranted. In fact, Smith is now contesting the very order that ended his employment at the school.

But this ignores the fact that in reaching that final stage of corrective action upon which he was finally let go by Meyer --reportedly the first time he ever fired any coach-- that at every prior level of response, family, coaching acquaintances, intervened with Courtney Smith to dissuade her from filing charges against her husband that might have put him jail and gone from Meyer's staff much sooner. .

So, it wasn't the fact that no charges could have been filed in the case, it was for one reason or another efforts were made to keep that from happening, either by happenstance of police incident reporting or deliberate attempts to prevent knowledge of certain details from being acted on and prosecuted.

All along the way, people chose not to report facts in order to enable Zach Smith's career at Ohio State, most especially his boss who was allowed to skip responsibility for his actions despite various excuses that even investigators found skeptical at best, and at worst were outright lies in the face of acknowledging his own poor judgment, something he ultimately could never accept himself.

So in the end, the blame lies with the lying legend himself and his community of enablers. They all belong to the same club.

08/24/2018 - 10:35pm What a pathetic joke of an…

What a pathetic joke of an apology, days late, not well-conceived and hollow-sounding in contrition.

He actually thinks that mouthing platitudes from the past that he never practices or respects and now promises to follow make up for a complete lack of honest expression in the moment.

I just find it amazing that the language of this statement in form and function is so similar to the one he issued after his remarks in Chicago that started this fiasco. And even then he lied about what he actually did in relation to following university protocol in that statement which was confirmed at the blunt trauma session on Wednesday night.

It was so Buckeye Nation that The Ohio State in investigating Ohio State decided not to fuck up the Ohio State football program by firing their coach. And of course the deplorables were pissed that their guy got any time off at all from running the program.

And so, the local media feels and expresses no shame in being lied to and accepting the lying word of the head coach as fact while seeing any statement clarifying his thoughts as tablet-worthy edification of honor and grace.

Meantime, the New York Times runs a front page story about the lying legend of Columbus who enabled an assistant for nearly 10 years allowing him to live a lie he never told his own school about from the outset, allegedly beating his wife and then claiming he offered the calming oversight and advice of seeking professional counsel. Turns out that never happened.

He actually repeated this as part of his post script remarks the other night, the story about him and Shelly coming forward to offer counsel to a young couple. And then Courtney Smith reported that she never talked to him. This guy touts bullshit and then wants humble credit when he offers an alleged apology for it.

Sorry, pal save your media relations plug for the deplorable losers who pay your salary. They'll believe anything. 
 

 

08/24/2018 - 3:23pm Your angle is a legitimate…

Your angle is a legitimate one from an investigative standpoint if you believe in public accountability.

Let's be clear, the reason OSU released a copy of the investigative committee findings the night of its dull knife exercise in justice is absolutely because the school is a public institution with university overseers appointed by the governor. They had to do it.

Let's understand something else, Urban Liar treated his involvement in this matter as he would a game plan in coaching a game. He sought to play the crowd, the audience he was appeasing and the officials. And you can assign whatever roles  you want to the various folks in this morality play.

Because Meyer understood one truth above all others: He was not subject to any legal requirement in his behavior if he could demonstrate in even a cloudy way that he didn't violate anything you could point to as a direct violation. He was just guilty of harboring an asshole coach for 10 years. That's not a crime unless you convict him of being a horrendous boss.

He lied about everything and then forced everyone around him to bend to a justification of his lies, which they did, well, except for OSU's president, who required a suspension as a show of certain university remorse, for what, no one is entirely certain. 

So, Meyer the Liar lied initially at Media Days in Chicago and thought his bullshit there would satisfy the less-than knowledgeable  BTN broadcasters who serve as league cheerleaders. He knew he could bullshit the local media, but ironically got more push-back questions about Zach Smith than he bargained for.

What he didn't account for was a former ESPN reporter going all in on this story, having play by play details of the Smith saga with a dynamic witness and no motive to sell the Urban legend of his Stevie Wonder supervision of his Superfly assistant receivers coach husband as a case of appropriate relief

Days later, Meyer the Liar doubled down, lying again in his own statement that he actually believes in doing the right thing, and has always reported questionable behavior to superiors. This allegation was disproved after the long day's journey into the surreal, when AD Gene Smith claimed without prompting that it was he, in fact, who learned of a 2015 police report, called Smith back from a recruing road trip and then informed the coach of what was happening, after supposedly contacting the Title IX folks.

And they sold this story as a tribute to transparency in reinstating Meyer the Liar as head coach albeit minus three games this season.

So, who are the victims here?

Well, all of us. Especially those who believe in accountability. But then there are the Columbus media, which in my opinion are a disgrace to their profession.

I don't give a shit about the people they report to and serve on a daily basis. They are what they are. And they get what they get.

But as professional journalists, at least those from that town that claim that identity, they are one sorry lot. Because they accepted being lied to and laid down, and then went all in, and justified their humiliating treatment from this coach and university by blessing it.

 

 

08/23/2018 - 4:08pm Yes, the Ozone says it made…

Yes, the Ozone says it made a FOIA request to obtain emails between the coach and his assistant, which Meyer conveniently erased shortly after his remarks in Chicago lying to the local media.

And now the local media says Meyer may not get the benefit of the doubt. Wow, really? You guys are tough.

How many times do you need to be lied to before offering that opinion? What a joke. Seriously. Lying to the media, is the same as lying to the audience you work for, write for and ask questions for.

Meyer is a liar, period.

 

08/23/2018 - 3:38pm That was the sorriest press…

That was the sorriest press conference of all time. Three people stood up on the podium and took credit for defending the price of whatever was debated behind closed doors for hours. And then, thought they could come out and acting contritely, bullshit their way through 20 minutes of questioning by reporters who were originally lied to, leading to this circus.

Urban Meyer lied about every aspect of his role in his supervision of Zach Smith or lack thereof. We don't need an interpretation of those facts, the record of his lack of supervision on any ground you want to raise is plainly evident. We have the facts before us in a summary of investigation, which under any normal employee evaluation, would damn the boss to purgatory.

But let's be clear, not only was Meyer remorseless about the circumstances that led to his discomforting leave of absence, which I am certain he felt was entirely inappropriate, he lied about his actions in the dismissal of Smith, just as he lied about knowing or not knowing just about anything going on in Smith's life whether at Ohio State football headquarters or not.

The fact that he took responsibility at the press conference for things he either knowingly chose not to remember, medically claimed he was excused from recalling or that he deliberately decided to expunge from recollection by erasing the record of it, makes his specious claim of lack of knowledge about anything -worthless.

Let's be clear, Meyer lied to the media in Chicago about what he knew about the Smith dismissal. Then days later he lied about his full knowledge of what he knew and actually reported. That was intriguingly confirmed Wedesday night by AD Gene Smith, who claimed that he rather than Meyer, who insisted he reported Smith to university authorities about an alleged domestic violence incident, whether real or not, then contacted Meyer about it.

This little detail is troubling because it wasn't vetted before the press conference, and because Smith himself took special care to point out that he indeed was the one to report it, and then call ZS in from the road on a recruiting trip to answer questions before notifying his direct superior of what was happening.

This isn't what Meyer claimed in his own written statement defending himself. And yet, this bullshit was allowed to stand without the record being corrected.

 

 

08/23/2018 - 2:58pm Forget spoliation, Meyer…

Forget spoliation, Meyer lied, period, about his actions that initiated the university's action against him. He lied to the media in Chicago about what he knew and when he knew it regarding the firing of Smith. And then he lied in his own statement days later claiming whatever he didn't do accurately, he at least followed contractual protocols in vaguely reporting something he claimed no knowledge of days earlier with specific knowledge days later.

And yet, during the mea culpa press conference Wednesday night, Gene Smith discloses to the world at large, that it wasn't Meyer who responded to a police report of an alleged abuse event at the Smith home in 2015, it was Smith who discovered the information and apparently contacted the assistant coach on the road, then notified the head coach of the situation. This is one fucked up set of circumstances in ass-covering storylines.

Here's how fucked up you know that all-day meeting was between the principlals: Nobody at the public meeting was claiming high ground on responsibility except when it where it legally mattered in covering their own legal ass.

Gene Smith made a point of noting that he discovered before Meyer about the alleged incident in 2015 about Zach Smith. And the dumb ass local beat writers who have been lied to repeatedly never challenged a single response. I'm sorry, the people of Columbus and the Buckeye fan base deserve the wretched leadership that serves their interests.

My takeaway from that press conference was that what Meyer didn't know about supervising his own assistant, he didn't want to know, either because of selective memory or because while he knew, others covered up the record to make sure he couldn't be held accountable.

It's amazing that Ohio State was willing to put out a complete public record of the ZS employment experience at their school, and anyone representing that university would claim that he was properly supervised or that in the failure to properly supervise his activities, no violations of any kind resulted.

08/22/2018 - 5:50pm If he needs to check the…

If he needs to check the pulse of the fan base, he needs to find another school to work for. This one doesn't care about his independent thoughts about doing the right thing and making that case for the outside world.

When all is said and done, the president needs to be on the right side of morality and doing things the right way regardless of what his constituency claims is more important. If he loses a battle over this, he needs to find another job. And that won't bother Buckeye fans in the least.

If he fails to win the SCUM battle, it was only because he was on the wrong side of the Urban legend.

08/22/2018 - 4:51pm Yes, lying to the Ohio State…

Yes, lying to the Ohio State media, and by extension, Buckeye fans,  is apparently not that significant. I mean even they agree with that on local forums. So, how bad could of any of this really be?

If they aren't going to punish anyone for anything, why did they budget a half a million on this public relations circus? Oh, yeah, because they have to make it look like they care about things other than winning football games.

08/22/2018 - 2:57pm Yes, well, so far he is only…

Yes, well, so far he is only connected to the Cephus case by association not by actual accounting of a police report and review from the prosecutor's office. This seems like a reasonable response until there is actual evidence linking Davis to anything more than bystander status in taking photos of Cephus with the alleged sexual assault victims, who were drunk at the time.

The question is what was the condition of the players at the time of the incident, in April, likely outside of season but still an issue about their conduct as it relates to team rules.

08/22/2018 - 1:04pm Undisputed. Just win the…

Undisputed. Just win the right way, baby. Win and your in.

08/22/2018 - 12:38pm Yes, it matters what others…

Yes, it matters what others think because others won't forget how this school operates. We certainly won't, Not that this school has ever pursued the moral high ground when it comes to football competition, which explains, by the way,  why it has fired every coach of the program since Woody Hayes.

And today, It's almost laughable that a descendant of Woody's successor, who was fired for not winning enough, came to the rescue of his grandson Zach Smith early in his career under Meyer at Florida, and that Meyer's mentor connection to Earl Bruce is now perhaps the historical link in the chain of coaching dismissal there. You couldn't make that up if you tried.

It is correct to assume that nothing will change local perception of the coach and how the school handled this scandal. They will be glad and look back with disdain that Ohio State even bothered putting the coach on leave in the first place.

But you are wrong if you assume this won't leave a mark, period. You don't walk away from this and claim everything is the same or better without the stink staining your reputation among those you do business with and compete against.

If you take no action, what kind of integrity do you claim going forward? What is the value of posting core values other than what they are: empty platitudes that nicely cover a hallway wall?

Buckeye sentiment about this is mostly pitiless. Reading the commentary at 11W or the reports from the Columbus Dispatch are merely Ohio State pablum and propaganda that soothes their collective desire to kill the messenger and bury the victim. So, there is no lesson here other than winning football is the only game in town.

 

 

08/22/2018 - 12:00pm Really, you actually need to…

Really, you actually need to hear from Zach Smith in a court setting? About what, actually?

And in some kind of misdemeanor case you expect wide-ranging public testimony and the hearing to elucidate a certain truth about whatever? It's a misdemeanor case. He will plead to the charge and be done with it.

This is a procedural matter in a county courtroom.

What you need to know,about Smith can be easily determined by his behavior in this sordid scandal. He's untrustworthy, he's immoral, and he got lots of help to keep his job and details about his private activities and treatment of his wife from ending his career sooner than now. to ever tell the truth about himself or his actions.

So far, everything reported about his conduct, leads to the conclusion that he was motivated either out of  obligation or self-defense, and even then, he's lied about his behavior or not told the whole truth.

He apparently covered up a police arrest on a drunk driving charge with apparent official help because there is no other way to explain how you manage to keep that from becoming public if not known by those whom you work with. And that action of hiding that charge now serves as a likely key defense argument for his boss, who allegedly didn't know or was never informed.

But then the coach didn't know a lot of things going on in Smith's work and home life, which makes you wonder how he can manage a roster of players and run a program under the claim of having full knowledge of whatever takes place under his watch. It apparently only becomes knowledgeable to him when he has a need to know.

Something I don't much need of in Smith's case. I've heard all I want about him.

 

08/22/2018 - 11:02am It would be interesting if…

It would be interesting if Meyer receives no punishment at all and Michigan fans could point to the fact that the only time anyone gets fined in Columbus is when they mouth off about the officiating in one of their games at the post-game press conference.

After all, integrity cannot be challenged, it might damage the game.

Lie to your own constituent audience multiple times about actions taken and not taken in a timely way in the supervision and hiring of staff who abuse their family role, their moral conduct and besmirch the reputation of their school, and you are good to go.

Now, that would really be ironic wouldn't it?

08/22/2018 - 10:54am Apparently, Ohio State…

Apparently, Ohio State justice is brutally efficient. Talk about your two-minute drills. This is quicker action than any of the replay rulings in 2016.  Will they dot the I after they're done, just to make it official?

08/22/2018 - 10:47am Definitely a great read…

Definitely a great read. Love the SCUM reference and "Urban Legend." Well conceived and written.