Urban Meyer should never coach in collegiate athletics again. Plain and simple. College football writer and former ESPN employee Brett McMurphy broke a huge story earlier today in the wake of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith being fired on July 23.
McMurphy filled in the details in the eye-opening article he posted to his Facebook page today. You can read that here.
In the article are text messages, pictures and a timeline of the long history of abuse and domestic violence perpetrated by Smith against his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. It is quite horrific to read. People can obviously read the details in Brett’s article, but safe to say, it does not look good for Meyer.
This article is very damning of one of the most high-profile names in all of collegiate athletics, and I believe Urban Meyer should be fired by Ohio State right away and never be allowed to coach college athletes ever again.
We’ve seen this story too many times. Joe Paterno at Penn State, Art Briles at Baylor and now Urban Meyer at Ohio State – What do they all have in common? They were all enablers.
And Meyer’s case is pretty damn bad. It seems (from this report by McMurphy) that he largely ignored the whole issue and did not take the right steps to actually fix the problem. We see this so many times in sports. The problem was that winning took precedence over people, and that’s a line you can’t cross.
— Jay Hawkins (@legitjaydogg) July 25, 2018
College athletics, particularly big-time college football, are a high-stakes, cash-ridden affair that is loved by fans across the country almost to the point of religion. However, it is still just a game at the end of the day. Yes, that may sound like I am oversimplifying it, but it is the truth.
With the details that have emerged, Meyer should be done immediately at Ohio State. Other coaches have been fired for a lot less. This will likely go down as one of the biggest scandals in the history of collegiate sports, and Meyer is ultimately responsible.
Think for a minute if you’re child played for a guy that would rather stay focused on winning instead of taking the proper steps to stop domestic violence. Would you really want that message passed on even subliminally or indirectly to your kids?
If I were a parent, I certainly would not.
This situation could have been solved so easily, and Meyer had so many opportunities to put his foot down but didn’t do anything for years. (Ok, not much.)
I think Meyer’s story is a good lesson for everyone. We should all be wary of ourselves and things going on around us. Don’t be naive and think your coach from your favorite school or someone on the coaching staff isn’t capable of the same thing. We are all human and stuff like this happens everywhere.
Fortunately, more of this kind of stuff is coming to light, and more people are being held accountable. However, there are still consequences in life, and that’s why Urban Meyer should never be allowed to coach in collegiate athletics ever again.
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