Urban Meyer Ohio State: Buckeyes Make NCAA Look Stupid by Hiring Meyer

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches his team play against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The worst kept secret in college football could be ending soon as the Ohio State Buckeyes may soon formally announce that they are hiring Urban Meyer to be their next head coach. In the process, the school is making the NCAA look like bigger fools than it usually does.

George Diaz of the Los Angeles Times likes the move for Meyer and thinks that anyone—namely Florida fans—who doesn’t like the move need to get over it.

I agree with that perspective, but I do think that Ohio State is making out like a bandit in this potential deal.

Remember in January, when the Buckeyes were the bane of the college football because of their players getting free tattoos but still being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. Then Jim Tressel was forced to resign for the cover-up and the program was in a state of chaos.

The NCAA didn’t do anything to punish the Buckeyes program for such a blatant disregard for the rules, and now they are on the verge of getting the best head coach on the market. The program is going to be taken care of for the long haul.

Meanwhile, the NCAA just sat on its hands and allowed the Buckeyes to do whatever the hell they wanted to do. This just goes to show how much the people that make the rules and regulations in the sport actually care about them.

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“Suffering” through one year of mediocrity was enough to get Meyer to come to Columbus without fear of the program being placed on probation or vacating wins or missing out on bowl games. It just goes to show the double standard that exists in college sports.

If the violations that took place with the Ohio State football team had occurred with the baseball team or soccer team, the NCAA wouldn’t have thought twice about severely disciplining that team.

But because Ohio State is one of the premiere football programs in the country, the NCAA slaps the university on the hand with five-game suspensions for those players involved in the tattoo scandal, and now the program throws a reported $40 million contract to get Meyer into town.

This is good news for Ohio State, Urban Meyer and fans who live and breathe scarlet and gray, but it is another black eye for the NCAA, an entity that is starting to get punched so much you wonder how much more it can take before it cracks. 

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