Ohio State and Urban Meyer Ratted Out Florida for Recruiting Violation, So What?
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made a name for himself in big-time college football in the SEC, winning two BCS National Championships and three SEC East titles during a six-year run as the head coach of the Florida Gators from 2005-10.
In appreciation, he reportedly turned in Florida to the NCAA.
Clay Travis of FoxSports.com reported early Wednesday morning that Meyer and Ohio State turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White for a violation of the "bump rule," during the recruitment of Brooklyn, N.Y., (Erasmus Hall) 4-star athlete Curtis Samuel.
Rivals.com reported on the meeting on April 16, one day after the end of the NCAA's "quiet period" ended and its "evaluation period"—which does permit contact—began, according to the 2012-13 NCAA recruiting calendar.
Florida investigated and, not surprisingly, found no wrongdoing. Meyer told Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun that Ohio State turned in Florida and that Meyer himself had nothing to do with it.
It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida. Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy (without any coach involvement) forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.
Do you believe that Meyer wouldn't know about his current employer ratting on his former employer? Come on.
The "bump rule"—a secondary violation—allows coaches to exchange greetings with prospects during non-contact periods of the recruiting calendar, but prohibits extended conversations and football discussions. Several high-profile coaches, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban (via: AL.com), have put themselves in position to run into high-profile recruits.
Is it shady if Meyer turned in Florida? Perhaps. Dirty? Hardly. In fact, it's good business.
Coaches are nomads. Sure, they'll preach the importance of a unified fanbase on the rubber chicken circuit every offseason, but they're loyal to the logo on the paycheck—whatever it looks like.
Whether you think Meyer has always been a little on the shady and self-serving side, think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread or falls somewhere in-between, this shouldn't surprise you.
It shouldn't surprise you coming from any coach, despite the fact that Meyer hired White at Florida as his tight ends/fullbacks coach in 2009.
Meyer is at Ohio State now. He doesn't—and shouldn't—have any loyalty to Florida, particularly considering the programs were, at the time, fighting for the inside track to secure Samuel's services. Samuel later cooled on Florida and has Ohio State as his favorite, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where his displeasure with White's abuse of the "bump rule" had a major impact either way.
Whether you believe Meyer's denial or you don't, this isn't surprising.
Coaches are loyal to their jobs out of necessity. If they aren't, they won't be coaches for long.
*All recruiting rankings courtesy 247Sports.com composite index
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