The Sporting News is in the media again, after running a controversial story titled “From Champs to Chomped: How Urban Meyer Broke Florida Football,” essentially claiming that Urban Meyer was not a good coach and will be bad for OSU. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee fired back, defending his coach and calling the Sporting News (and Sports Illustrated) “bad journalism.”
The Sporting News was not happy. President and publisher of the Sporting News Jeff Price told the Lantern that he stands by the story. Price declares, “There were no corrections, clarifications nor retractions with regard to” the article's statements about Meyer.
Who is right? Is the Sporting News’ story 100 percent truthful and Gee is just blowing off steam or does Ohio State’s President, whom Time Magazine ranked in 2009 as the nation’s top university president, know more about journalism than bow ties?
Kyle Dodson was mentioned in the original Sporting News piece, which Price will not retract. I asked Kyle Dodson the inside scoop on what really happened in regards to the Sporting News allegations specifically dealing with him.
The article by Matt Hayes specifically mentions you and that Urban Meyer “bumped” into you during a recruiting dead time. Is this true?
KD: Not true all. It is a complete lie and I have no idea where they got this lie.
Who is right?
Article also states that OSU was using former NFL players to call high school recruits. Did this happen? Did any former OSU NFL players call you?
KD: No they did not. I do not know where they come up with these lies; they are probably making them up so they can attract readers for their publication.
Price told the Lantern that: “There were no corrections, clarifications nor retractions with regard to” the story. What do you think about those statements?
KD: I think it is flattering I have been talked about in such a major publication, but as an insider they should retract those statements. In the end, it does not matter, it is not the truth and I am not sure why they are pushing the issue.
After answering a few questions about the Sporting News, I asked Kyle Dodson a few others about his health and recruiting.
How is your rehab going? Will you be 100% when fall camp opens?
KD: Excellent, I should be either 100 percent or almost 100 percent once fall camp arrives. I feel great.
Anyone you are working on recruiting for the 2013 class?
KD: My teammates like Shelton Gibson. He and I are really close friends and I think he has an offer. He has not told me he will come to Ohio State but we are close friends and I hope he is a Buckeye because I am there. He also might come cause he has chance to play. He is a great player.
Should the story on Urban Meyer be retracted by the Sporting News?
Who else have you talked to that may commit to OSU?
KD: All of my teammates who I think can play at Ohio State.
What was the spring game like?
KD: Great, watched my position to see where I can improve and see my competition for playing time.
Thank you, Kyle, for another interview. From your statements, it is clear that the Sporting News should retract some of their statements and that President Gee is not far off in his accusation of the SN publishing “bad journalism.” We look forward to following your career once the fall starts.