Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Won't Let OSU's Rough Offseason Hinder Progress
Former head coach Jim Tressel clearly wasn't the type of coach who could win the hearts of his players without letting them run rampant—toward the end of his tenure, at least.
Last year's interim coach, Luke Fickell, did well to keep the players in line off the field for the most part, but he failed to effectively motivate his players, a shortcoming that led to four straight losses to round out the season.
Meyer doesn't play any games.
Less than two weeks ago, freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Almost two months before Dunn's run-in with law enforcement, Buckeyes Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were arrested after they were alleged to have urinated in public and subsequently ran from police.
Dunn's marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges were dropped, which allowed him to participate in recent practices.
Stoneburner and Mewhort didn't get off as easily. Both of their scholarships were revoked "until terms between the players and coach were successfully met," but have since been returned.
Meyer didn't come down too hard on the three players, nor did he have to. There's no reason for a coach to throw three players off a team because of those infractions.
Of course, possession of an illegal substance is no joke, but Dunn wasn't convicted of a violent or aggravated crime. Stoneburner and Mewhort didn't need to have their dreams crushed because they had to go to municipal court for urinating in public.
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What Meyer did was show his team that he is not to be taken lightly. Excessive punishment was not necessary, so Meyer did just the right amount to provide an example for the rest of his players.
Meyer once ripped his offense because it was so out of sorts. Now he is praising that same offense, saying, "I can tell you this, they did something this summer."
This offseason was rough for OSU both off the field and on it. Players ran into trouble with the law, and the team had a bit of trouble getting acclimated to their new coach, environment and each other.
Despite all that, Meyer has this team on track to exceed expectations this upcoming season. He's the perfect man for the job, and all of college football knows he'll get it done.
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