The Lantern, the student newspaper (im sure everyone knows that), ran this article a few weeks ago, and it got me thinking. as much as everyone loves football wins, i don't think anyone wants this school to become a school where ethics are secondary to wins on the field. the lantern makes it seem like many students feel that urban will be turning osu into that.
at first, I agreed. but i looked into it a little more, and I think that urban is a fine, upstanding, individual who is more than worthy of being a role model and leader of the football team and beyond. for one, he is very religious. that can be a contentious issue for many, but i think he really practices his faith, and because of that, is very charitable, and really cares about these kids. sorry for mentioning religion, i hate to pretend that it makes him automatically a moral person, but i think its an important part of his character (please dont violate comment policy/i hope this isnt violating it....). I think that just because he's from the SEC, that myself, and maybe others, automatically stereotyped him and thought that he really was all about football. I have shifted my views slightly and i really think that i only thought that because of a preconceived bias.
my only complaint with urban may not even be valid. i think he focuses a little too much on the nfl/draft picks. this is really based on this video (see "urban meyer one on one from 9:50-9:10). he really talks alot about how important the nfl is, and while this is important for recruiting, im sure, I'd prefer if he talked more about how awesome it is to play for osu/florida/whoever. in my sheltered little world, urban is showing recruits things like this awesome video. maybe i live in a fantasy world, but id love to imagine high school kids loving things like that and wanting to come to osu for things like that, as opposed to as a stepping stone for the nfl.
that being said, I think urban will end up being that role model, and i really hope that he does. hope everyone's looking forward to spring ball!