Wednesday night was just a PR debacle, and not sure who was in charge.
1. Could Meyer have handled Wednesday night better? Absolutely. I don't know if litigation kept him from mentioning Courtney Smith by name, but that would have quelled some of those out looking for blood.
2. Since domestic abuse seems to be at heart of this matter, had he / university announced the creation of some type of endowment / research — any type of positive community spin — it would have been hard to argue they didn't care.
3. The report coming out after the fact was wrong. Let those asking questions see it during conference, so they can be better prepared.
4. Did anyone really think all parties would be fresh and all smiles after 12 hours of heated debate. I'm sure Drake, Smith, Meyer were all fried, frustrated, angered, you name it. Then you put them out there and expect them to be forthcoming and remorseful and thought-provoking with their answers. ... Would it have been that bad to have come back this morning, so that everyone involved could have had time to reflect?
I just think the university had an opportunity to minimize the damage, possibly put a positive spin, and what happened was we v. them mentality.