I appreciate your sentiments, TraditionCounts and like you, would have preferred this Weber scenario would never have taken place. But, it has and at this point, the only individual who has dropped the ball in keeping the issue in perspective, is Weber's HS coach. Without ANY knowledge of the facts from the OSU side of the tracks, he proceeded to jump on the airwaves and sling as much mud as possible at both Urban Meyer and his program. Ensuring one has heard both sides of a story is the cornerstone of making educated statements, but the Cass coach figured his opinion and speculation on what took place was enough to go on.
What if Drayton would have waited a week to announce he had accepted the Bear's job ?? Two weeks ?? A month ?? OSU coaches are in big demand and a number of them, who are still on staff, have already interviewed for other teams. While OSU may not be the TOP university in the country, their football program does not take a back seat to any in the nation and are acknowledged to have one of the largest alumni bases in the country (great for young men looking for employment opportunities once their playing days are done).
No one, that I'm aware of, has been able to definitely confirm that Urban knew of the decision by Stan to take the Bear's job prior to the signing of Weber. People are assuming that he did because it took place the day after signing day. If Meyer did know, then "yes" it was woefully mishandled and certainly deceitful of both Urban and Stan. If, however, there was no knowledge by Urban of Stan's decision to accept the Bear's job, then nothing was "mishandled" by Urban. He simply went out and got one of the better RB coaches in the country, along with a great recruiter. I'd suggest he did an outstanding job of handling the entire situation. I also noticed that it was Weber's mother who took to Twitter to cast a huge pie in the face of all things connected with Michigan (the Cass HC was a former Michigan player and has shown his allegiance to UM for years).
Anyway, it seems that everything has turned out for the best and hopefully, Weber and his family, will put this little bump in the road behind them so that Mike can move forward with his career at OSU ...... JMHO