Urban Meyer goes off on cheating coaches after FBI arrests
Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has apparently hit the portion of his career when mincing words is no longer needed. In the wake of the FBI inserting itself firmly in the realm of college basketball, potentially altering the sport forever, Urban Meyer has gone off on coaches who cheat.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
I always believed if you willfully and intentionally broke the rule or you lie to the NCAA, you can never coach again. To this day, I still believe that. I’m not talking about mistakes made when you have a rulebook like this (thick). But if you intentionally pay a guy money or willfully have a second cell phone to make illegal phone calls, you’re done. You can never coach again.
“It’s no different than a student-athlete. If a student-athlete lies to the NCAA, they’re finished. So you’re telling me a 50-year-old man has more rights than an 18-year-old student-athlete? Who comes up with that? If you intentionally lie about committing violations, your career is over. You’re not suspended for (only) two games. Some of the silly penalties you have — you can’t talk to a recruit for a week and a half or something like that — no. You’re finished. That will clean up some things.
“I’m in favor of regulation. I’m in favor of strong law enforcement and making people obey the rules in our profession. I don’t know the whole story behind it. I don’t have time. But I know one thing, when you start hearing “federal,” when someone asks you a question and you lie, you’re going to jail. I’m anxious to watch what happens.”
Do we make jokes here? Do we talk about some of the kids Urban Meyer had on his roster when manning the helm for the Florida Gators?
Maybe we should just let this slide. By the time it is all said and done, especially after the college basketball folk arrested start to roll, this might end up on college football’s doorstep.