Favoritism, whether it's in a royal government or in a football locker room, is always destined to result in the collapse of any organization.
There's no place for it on any team, especially.
For this reason, the Ohio State Buckeyes should be extremely concerned about their new coach, Urban Meyer, who was recently accused of showing favoritism to star players back when he was coaching at the University of Florida.
He has denied the allegations, but it leads one to think that if this is true, it's the last thing that a team like Ohio State needs.
They're recently coming off a scandal where their former head coach, Jim Tressel, turned a blind eye toward his star player, Terrelle Pryor's, actions in the infamous Tattoo-gate scandal. Pryor wasn't the only player involved, as star tailback Daniel Herron was among seven others involved in the scandal.
Tressel decided to protect his players rather than discipline them even though he knew what had happened.
Isn't that a form of favoritism?
Of course it is.
Assuming the allegations are true and if Meyer had favorites, the program is going to have a difficult time trying to recover from their recently imposed sanctions. They're already at a disadvantage because of a one-year bowl ban and a limited amount of scholarships they can give out for the next three years.
Having a coach that doesn't treat all players equally will not end the Buckeyes' problems. It will only enable the star athletes on the team to continue to do whatever they want because they know that "Coach will have our back."
A coach that has favorites will not be able to discipline his team, and it'll give star players the mentality that they're allowed to do whatever they want off the football field. This leads to inflated egos and possibilities for future sanctions.
This does not bode well for team chemistry, either, and this is probably the biggest drawback from these accusations.
If you've been in any classroom where you've felt like the teacher has had favorites, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Even if the allegations aren't true, because of this story, if a non-star player in the Ohio State locker room even senses that other players are getting preferential treatment, he's going to immediately assume that Meyer is showing favoritism.
This means that the team isn't going to be on the same page, and it may create a clique mentality in the locker room where stars hang out with stars and scrubs associate with scrubs. A football team isn't supposed to be designed like that.
The entire team must have each other's back.
When someone makes a mistake, star power shouldn't matter. The player should be reprimanded by a higher authority regardless of where he is on the depth chart.
If Meyer has had difficulty with this in the past, then there is no reason to believe that the Buckeyes are going to turn things around soon if he continues this way.
Because of the imposed sanctions, they're in a state where they can only win football games if every man in the locker room believes in each other and that they could win games against all odds. That belief within the locker room isn't just created from dust.
It starts from the head coach.
But when the coaching staff gives preferential treatment, then the foundation of "team" is lost, and the season becomes a lost cause.