Is Urban Meyer Already Causing Problems for Ohio State? To answer the misleading question, No. At least not yet. Urban Meyer was brought into Columbus to stabilize a program that was facing stiff NCAA penalties. It looks like he and his staff and his AD have committed some infractions. Okay they are minor, I mean really minor, and the secondary violations say more about the NCAA than it does about Ohio State, but still the headlines (like the one above) will create a huge amount of senseless banter today. Take a look at the stupid stuff Ohio State is being pinged for.
First-year football coach Urban Meyer said “good luck” to Pennsylvania recruit Noah Spence at a December game, fewer than three weeks into the job. The NCAA prohibits contact with a recruit during game day.
Assistant coach Mike Vrabel used chewing tobacco on the sidelines during football games last year. It is against NCAA rules to use tobacco during games or practice.
Athletic director Gene Smith and alumni association CEO Archie Griffin filmed a video message to football recruit Ezekiel Elliott, another secondary violation.
The worst of these by far is by AD Smith and former two time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin, but even that is minor. What’s next for the NCAA, hitting the Buckeyes football trainer for making a right turn on red? This is a joke!