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Jason Priestas

Staff

Columbus

Member since 20 August 2006 | Blog

Jason founded the site in late summer of 2006 after his wife grew tired of his constant Buckeye chatter. With a fifth grade command of the English language, it's a minor miracle that people discovered this site, let alone frequent it.

He lives in Chicago, but misses the friendly scarlet and gray-clad people of his native Ohio.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 MNC
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Antoine Winfield
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Ken Johnson
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool FC

Recent Activity

Comment 19 hours ago

I've said many times and still believe that Urban Meyer keeps his job. Gene, I'm not so sure about, but he probably keeps his, too. Zach getting his job back? Less than zero chance.

I also want to state that these are my personal opinions. If someone is telling you today that they know what is going to happen to Urban Meyer, they are lying. Nobody knows. OSU has this locked down.

Comment 19 hours ago

Don't want to throw too much rain on the party, but there won't be an announcement today. Look for something Sunday or Monday at the earliest. This is more than just a hunch.

Caveat: I'm wrong a lot!

Comment 10 Aug 2018

The site is busier than normal right now, no doubt. But again, this was posted in the forum. Not the front page of the site and is a direct result of commenters banging on Dan in the comments of his piece yesterday.

Somewhat related: Ohio State firing Urban is bad for business. In the short term, there'd be a lot of site activity, but Urban Meyer wins football games at a greater clip than any other coach. Winning is good for business.

Comment 10 Aug 2018

Oh, c'mon. First of all, we put this in the forum, and not on the front page. Secondly, we're bringing this up because Dan wrote a great piece about the allegations from Zach Smith's mother and Courtney Smith's mother and there were still commenters banging on him for claiming Urban lied.

Dan Hope has impeccable integrity and is a great writer, delivering news in an balanced and unbiased manner. 

Comment 10 Aug 2018

I think it's pretty simple. Those of us who are predisposed to take Urban at his word see a difficult question to answer and forgive what is we see as a costly faux pas. Those not predisposed see a lie and potential for coverup. None of us will actually know what his intent was.

This is interesting. I will say that we collectively on the staff are predisposed to take Urban at his word when he speaks at press conferences. He's blunt and never really fibs, which makes the whole Chicago thing seem remarkable.

Comment 10 Aug 2018

But it's also fair to say the media is jumping through mental hoops to try and stick it to Urban Meyer, and that unfortunately includes 11w.

How is that possibly true? We reported on Smith's arrest for criminal trespassing because that is newsworthy. We reported on the allegations surfaced by Brett McMurphy, because, again, that is newsworthy. Finally, we reported on what Zach's mother and Courtney's mother had to say because that was newsworthy as well. If you read carefully, we've never said any of this was true and used the words "said" and "alleges."

We've never taken an editorial position. There's no column on this site that says "Urban Meyer should be fired and here's why..."

I'd just ask that people try to separate the fact that there are allegations they don't like from what you are claiming.

Comment 10 Aug 2018

Something seems amiss with your coverage of this entire situation from the beginning, and I can't help but thinking you're sitting on some info you won't report.  I think it says a lot that you're willing to allow these discussions in a public forum, but your coverage seems slanted.

We're not sitting on anything, and we've tried to be objective. It feels like we're taking heat because we are not circling the wagons for Meyer, though many of us privately believe he should keep his job. Our job is not to advocate one way or another in this, but to let the facts come out. We will explain our coverage when needed, like this post.

Comment 10 Aug 2018

Meyer was clearly misleading There is debate over the word lie. And to your credit, I think it’s reasonable that 11W take a harder stance on this than the rest of us might, as it’s your job.

That's fair and a big part of this. Although some of us (not all) are Ohio State fans on staff, we have to remain objective.

I think some people here are jumping through mental hoops because they like Meyer and he coaches their favorite team, which I get. But I think those people should honestly ask themselves if this was Jim Harbaugh, or hell, any random coach, whether this would be considered a lie.

Comment 10 Aug 2018

Where did he acknowledge it? How about in his own statement:

My words, whether in reply to a reporter's question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear compassionate and most of all, completely accurate

I failed on many of these fronts. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading

In that statement, he said he was aware of the 2015 incident and reported it to proper channels. He was repeatedly asked about 2015 in Chicago and feigned ignorance. Why not say he was aware of an incident but that he couldn't find evidence supporting an arrest?

Second of all, after Snook's report yesterday are we even sure that "there was nothing" is even a lie? If Snook's report is true then it sounds like there was nothing there.

Possibly. But Zach did say that Gene called him while he was on the road recruiting and told him to come home, so at least, institutionally at Ohio State, there was "something" there.

I don't think misleading the media that day is grounds for termination, but from our perspective, it's clear he was being untruthful.