Because it’s Friday afternoon, Urban Meyer has dropped a statement on the elephant in the room. The statement clearly signals he intends to stay on as Ohio State’s head coach.
Now, here are the questions that arise from this statement….
The natural question, of course, is why is Urban’s statement today so different than what he said last week? It’s not as if Smith’s firing blindsided Urban. He had an entire night to prepare a response, and the one he gave made no sense at best, and was an outright lie at worst.
Understand this wasn’t a momentary blip at the podium. Urban was asked later in a breakout session at Big Ten media days last Tuesday about the 2015 incident, and here’s what he said:
“The first I heard about that was last night…. I asked the people back at the office to call and say what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing.” Asked later in the clip below if he had any regrets in how he and/or Ohio State handled the Smith saga, Urban says, “No.”
Since Urban was so blatantly untruthful at Big Ten media days, why is he to be believed now?
If Urban is indeed being truthful now, what did Gene Smith know and when did he know it?
And the major question: if Urban was well aware of Zach Smith’s behavior in 2015, why was he on staff until last week?
Urban Meyer's statement seems written with contract law in mind. It denies any grounds that Ohio State could use to fire him with cause. At the same time, it acknowledges his answers to journalists' questions were inadequate–a personal failing that doesn't violate his contract. https://t.co/reaiRXw9yE
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) August 3, 2018
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