Urban Meyer thinks highly of himself. He does. Heck, just listen to him. And he doesn’t just think highly of himself as someone who can win college football games, which his two BCS titles and two other undefeated seasons in 11 years serve as undeniable proof.
No, it’s more than that. He thinks of himself in that grand, if often illusionary, role as a teacher-coach, someone who mentors young men to be the best they can possibly be off the field while also occasionally teaching them how to play the game. Remember his self-congratulatory claim that he conducted “daily Bible study sessions” with Aaron Hernandez, which sounded like a bit of an exaggeration (Daily? Really?) and, in the end, obviously didn’t produce the desired results.
Whatever. Much of the lure of the college sports – and certainly the longstanding trend of fans godding up their coaches – stems from this kind of stuff.
This is not just shtick with the Ohio State coach though. He believes he is someone who runs the model program and grows exasperated – if not combative – at those who challenge that assertion. Maybe its delusional, maybe it isn’t. Only he knows how much he really cares. Publicly, he doesn’t even cop to being Father Flanagan. He’s above that, he’s the coach who wouldn’t touch Father Flanagan’s guys.
“The top one percent of the one percent” is whom Meyer said he’d recruit when he was at Florida, a percentage that in the end didn’t jibe with the police logs of Gainesville.
Now Meyer is dealing with four more incidents involving his Buckeye players. On Monday, Ohio State suspended star tailback Carlos Hyde after the player was considered a person of interest in an assault on a woman in a Columbus bar. The program also dismissed incoming recruit Tim Gardner for the season and suspended freshman tight end Marcus Baugh through the season opener for legal issues.
Additionally, the school announced that it is still looking into the arrest of starting cornerback Bradley Roby, who was picked up in Indiana for “battery resulting in bodily injury” after a bar incident over the weekend.