By Michael Citro on July 5, 2013 at 11:30a
Just another (successful) college football coach, or the face of evil?

It’s been said many times on this site before, but the offseason is dark and full of terrors.  In the last week we’ve seen plenty of evidence of that.

Between articles doing everything but accusing Urban Meyer of being Aaron Hernandez’s accomplice in murder, and questionable internet personalities fingering Ohio State’s coach as a snitch for other schools’ already publicized wrongdoing — and making that seem somehow worse than actual, you know, violations — writers are going to the well in a time-tested method to generate pageviews: incite Buckeye fans.

I mean, it worked so well during that dark period from just before the 2011 Sugar Bowl through Jim Tressel’s expulsion from Columbus, it seems a sound plan. Pages are clicked. The stories are linked on various social media sites and blogs. We’re a ravenous audience, gobbling up every word. We’ve also grown defensive over the last few years and sometimes we just can’t help but click a link to see what’s been written about our program.

I’m not immune. I live in Orlando, home to some world-class Urban Meyer butthurt. I sometimes tune in just to see what stupidity is being propelled from the idiocy pulpit next. It’s the equivalent of eating those hard-looking, overcooked French fries with the blackened ends at the bottom of the bag. You know they’re going to suck but you can’t resist shoveling them in your mouth.

Clear-headed people of intellect realize that it makes no sense whatsoever to blame Meyer for anything Hernandez has done (allegedly; it will be some time before all the facts in the ongoing investigation come to light) as a member of the New England Patriots. Even if Meyer did coddle Hernandez in Gainesville…so what? Hundreds of athletes are coddled and don’t end up shooting people. You’ve watched many of them in Scarlet & Gray over the years on Saturday afternoons.

Urban Meyer’s tenure in Florida can’t be summarized by looking at Hernandez or the arrests of some of his players. His time in Gainesville similarly isn’t represented solely by Tim Tebow and his air of sainthood. As with most stories, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.

Good and evil?Neither guy is solely representative of Meyer's time at Florida.  

(As a brief aside, it’s not as if Meyer never kicked anyone off the team at Florida (even talented guys) — including a guy who would later win the Heisman Trophy.) Percy Harvin is widely regarded as one of the most coddled athletes Urban Meyer ever coached. As far as I know, he hasn’t killed anyone since being drafted by Minnesota. Meyer has at least one success story for every troubled-yet-talented athlete he has overseen.

Even when Meyer doesn’t want to talk about something, it gets painted in a negative light. And what is Meyer even supposed to say about Hernandez? First of all, we don’t even yet have a conviction here or even the completion of an ongoing investigation. Secondly, people tend to not enjoy talking about their failures and if Meyer couldn’t save Hernandez from himself, he likely views his time with the talented tight end as a mission that wasn’t accomplished.

Urban Meyer doesn’t owe the world an explanation for Aaron Hernandez, and the world shouldn’t expect or demand one from him.

Meyer acknowledged the discipline problems that occurred in Gainesville the day Ohio State introduced him as its head coach. Oh, by the way, Gator player arrests didn’t stop when he left. But even current arrests of players not even recruited by Meyer get linked back to him by some of the most trolly writers, because, pageviews and Ohio State outrage. Meanwhile, that enabler Meyer suspended a couple of his most talented guys from the team at Ohio State simply for peeing outside.

While I don’t believe in an anti-Ohio State bias in the media, the pragmatist in me says that agitating one of the most visible programs is worth a lot of clicks, which is always a good thing to show advertisers during the slowest part of the year. As one of the largest fan bases in the nation, Ohio State is an easy target for these tactics. As Michael Corleone said, “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.”

What can be done about it? Nothing, really. All one can reasonably do is to laugh it off and ignore it. By writing this, I have failed to do that. And no, I don’t want to talk about that right now.


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spqr2008's picture

That's why I won't click on the links, just read what was said in excerpts here.  Let them write, they have freedom of speech, and I'm perfectly willing to not listen to their speech.

Michibuck's picture

I refuse to waste time on these characters. I get more than enough here and on the ozone. I'll soon be leaving Bucknuts. When I have 95% of the posters on "ignore", I think it's time to go.

741's picture

I heard that Meyer is responsibile for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act as well as the misconception that Global Climate Change is actually a thing. (I keed.)

airbuckeye's picture

I learned early in life from someone but can't rember who it was  that told me but it is something i have gone by every since. Belive nothing that you hear and only half of what you see because it's all nothing but smoke and mirror because people are only going to let you see what they want you to see and tell you what they want you to belive.

buckeyedude's picture

Good advice, Air. Also, believe about .000005809% of what you hear on the Today Show and Good Morning America.



YTOWNBUCKI's picture

You're right, it's tough not to click some of those things sometimes out of pure curiosity.  I really have never understood the rationale that Meyer is even held 0.001% accountable for what Hernandez has done.  This isn't because I'm biased, I simply just hold people accountable for their own actions. 

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notoriouswojo's picture

As someone who has lived in the I-4 corridor for the 4 years. The unnamed columnist/hack/formerUrbanlover was doing what he was doing before Meyer even left Florida. The unnamed hack used Ohio State hate and Jim Tressel to advertise his radio show. While I do understand that a lot of Buckeyes live, work, snowbird, and vacation in this area of Florida, I do not understand the unending "butthurt" that goes on in this neck of the wood. Until Meyer leaves Florida and comes home to Ohio State the Univ. of Florida and has done nothing but "got over" on Ohio State. I don't get it and I probably never will. 

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I'm ashamed to admit that I listen to Open Mike (Bianchi, for those not in central Florida) on 740 for about 20 minutes each morning on the way to work... he actually hasn't said much about Urban or the Buckeyes since the season ended, until the Hernandez situation came about... now he's back into it, as much as ever. Personally, I can't wait to hear what he has to say when the Buckeyes win the national championship this year!

osu07asu10's picture

The larger question I have for you two, and Michael, the hell can you guys stand the humidity down there?

I spent 3 days there last week and I sweat more walking across the street to the convention center than I do biking 13 miles to work in Columbus.
Another side note: They've really done a pretty awesome job on International Drive. It shames Columbus for our convention center.

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notoriouswojo's picture

Pack an extra towel and shirt in the golf bag in the summer. Smile in the winter because I can play 36 holes in shorts. If my job could ever take me back to the mid-west I would most likely take the opportunity. But until then I just get by. 

harleymanjax's picture

lol you get used to it! We also try to stay indoors between 2-6pm whenever we can!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

pjtobin's picture

Very good read ! Please share with the rest of the world. I don't go elsewhere for my buckeye fix. Here at 11w I feel very coddled. I am very thankful for that. Nothing we can do about others butthurt. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BeijingBucks's picture

lol. don't read em. don't care. He's a damn fine coach and is trying hard to raise solid young men from what we can tell externally.

so, just piss him off... that's real smart guys!

can we pleeeeeze just move on to Fall already??

What the media doesn't realize is that Buckeye fans are now so anesthetized to drama after the Tatbacle we now can sit back and enjoy everyone else's agony over the Bucks. Or perhaps they do realize and that is why they have to work overtime to get us to click on their pathetic non-stories.

Truly, I'm doing backstrokes in the media's anguish right now listening to not one word until fall comes. glorious glorious fall. oh how I luv thee... let me count....

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Hovenaut's picture

I'm taking the angle that these, uh, journalists will eventually have to move on to other, more meaningful subject matter. Can't ride the same wave too long.

They should be really busy with accolades come early January 2014.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I am currently bitch slapping butt hurt gator fans on several different sites!  I know I shouldn't but it is just too much fun!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

cajunbuckeye's picture

Personal responsibility is nothing more than a childrens bed time story. Long past, are the days when men and women stood on their own two feet and carved out a life with their own bare hands. Honor, responsibility, morals, competency, work ethic... empty words in the modern age. We blame everyone and everything for our problems, when all the while, the solution stares back at us from the mirror. Urban Meyer made me write this.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Hovenaut's picture

Your usage and placement of sarcastic font is spot on, CB.

Your point is even better, well said.

buckeyedude's picture

 Cajun! Right on, brotha!



Squirrel Master's picture

I heard that John Simon is now the head of the Italian Mafia and will from here on out be called Don Si'mon!
but wait you say, John Simon isn't even Italian.
that is how good Urban is...

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pasadena buckeye's picture

I could never for the life of me figure out why there was so much hate for Urban coming out of the local Orlando media while he was coach at UF.  Once he took over our program I began to see the similarities to Woody Hayes that made him great but also a lot of enemies.  He is either a very humble, shirt off his back guy or 200% gung ho, play hard, no bull.  That doesn't mesh well with the media who like generally like self-effacing personalities they can rib or get more quotes out of.  Tools like Bryant Gumbel, Clay Travis and Bianchi are always going to look for a raw nerve they can touch and get under guys skin.  Meyer needs to continue taking the high road and not fall into those traps (although it wouldn't hurt Ohio State or Urban to be a little more media savvy and get ahead of some of the stories the media throws out there).
Having said that I agree there is a lot of hate coming towards OSU (particularly from Orlando) but it doesn't mean we shouldn't stand up for ourselves with a passionate, intelligent defense of our program without reducing ourselves to d-bags.  One of the things I've learned from being around USC out here in LA is that they treat every team as an arch rival because you will never get love from another fan base as long as you're winning, only envy.  If they won't love you then they will respect you but that has to be earned by winning championships, winning the right way and a fanatical loyalty to our school.
By the way I thought this was the most even and well-constructed write up of the Urban Meyer/Aaron Hernandez story from any source which just so happens to come from a Gator blog writer:

Pasadena Buckeye

southbymidwest's picture

Pasadena, I agree with you on the alligatorarmy blog. Very well written. The comments were interesting to read also, and aren't the normal rabble rabble rabble crap. Also talks about the kid he kicked off the team for domestic battery who made horrible decisions and ended up dead in a car from a possible OD, and how it might have affected his decisions in regards to disciplining members of his team who we might characterize as "at-risk" young men.

Bucks Forever's picture

These 'journalists' are only interested in page clicks. Hernandez ruined his own life despite Urban trying to help him. 

Geraffi's picture

Dear journalist hacks:
We are THE Ohio State University and we have Urban Frank Meyer as our head football coach.

pasadena buckeye's picture

I would hit the 'like' button but there isn't one on this site.

Pasadena Buckeye

fanosu99's picture

Nobody kicks a dead dog. Ohio State is getting attention only because of the recent success. Some people just can't stand it.

Qujo's picture

Actually it's good to bring light to this. The fact that many of these bumper-sticker "journalists" write stories about the biggest, baddest athletic program with the largest alumni base that salivates at anything written negatively against it is not uncommon. They need site hits. What better way to get it than write a negative article against tOSU. We unfortunately as a fan base are an easy target.
so I agree - if we understand their motivation we should just get a good snicker out of the their attempts.
I always thought it would be fun to create an award type scenario (like fullmer cup), where we tOSU fan base rate the bumper sticker journalist articles on a few categories and hand out nationally and public annual winner posted here on 11 Warriors. 
We could call it the Mark May Award. Categories could be rated 1-5 (5 being most obnoxious). Categories could be:
1) article headline
2) content/accuracy
3) originality
who ever has the most points over the course of the year wins. Maybe a cat for TV and another for Internet.
what say you? Other categories? Replace some categories? Better award name?

Our arch rivals.... 11 National Championships, 10 before 1949 - eight of eleven shared. Trying to respect them... trying.... Ugh!

buckeyedude's picture

Great idea Qujo. The sports media would down play this and circle the wagons though, I bet. They'd take care of their own. But I bet it would raise a few eyebrows and get a few chuckles, especially if it was called the:
Mark May Wears Women's Underwear Sports Media Award.



chirobuck's picture

when these idiots write stuff like that what they are actually doing is giving Ohio State the power simply by obsessing over it.....everytime I read basically the same thing written by a different guy all I hear coming out of their mouth is OSU, you are relevant and you deserve to be in the front of our minds at all times and every little thing related to you needs to be talked about over and over again


^ best post ever ^

Stinson's picture

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