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Thursday Morning Rapid Fire: Urban Meyer got off the hook

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After a day of discussion between Ohio State’s board of trustees, head football coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith received a slap on the wrist.  Meyer is suspended for three games without pay and Smith, an AD who has now overseen two college football scandals, will be suspended for 15 days.

The investigation into what Meyer knew about Zach Smith’s abusive behavior to his wife Courtney revealed quite a few disturbing facts, but apparently they weren’t disturbing enough.

— As for Meyer’s comments at Big Ten Media Day: “While those denials were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not in our view deliberately lie.”

— “We learned Coach Meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events. He has also periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration & focus”

— After McMurphy dropped the text messages, Director of Ops Brian Voltolini and Urban “discussed at that time whether the media could get access to Coach Meyer’s phone (via FOIA), and specifically how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted.”

— In a May 2014 recruiting trip to Florida, Zach Smith ran up $600 bill at a strip club along with another OSU football coach. Urban Meyer warned Smith if it happened again, he would be fired.

— This is how the report described  Zach Smith: “promiscuous & embarrassing sexual behavior, drug abuse, truancy, dishonesty, financial irresponsibility, possible NCAA violation & lengthy police investigation into allegations of criminal domestic violence & cybercrimes,” yet Meyer never disciplined him

When Meyer was asked what he would say to Courtney Smith, he did this:

Meyer’s response was only slightly more tone-deaf than the response from Smith’s lawyer.


Regardless of what you think the severity of Meyer’s punishment should be, I think even Ohio State fans would agree that yesterday was a pathetic embarrassment to the university.

On a lighter note…

Phallic Cardinal — UofL is selling apparel from Zephyr that features a new Tokyodachi logo. Nobody told them their bird’s tail feathers do not look like tail feathers.

Baffert Evokes Ali — The two-time Triple Crown winning trainer was inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame yesterday.  A showman, the first line of his acceptance speech was absolutely perfect.

“I couldn’t float like a butterfly, or sting like a bee. But here I am in the same Hall, as Muhammad Ali.”

It’s Happening — To use Drew Franklin’s words, “Sorry Football.”

Football Tickets are still Available — Still don’t have tickets for the season-opener?  You can purchase tickets for as cheap as $32 apiece, or $53 in the lower level.  Click here to make sure you’re inside Kroger Field to see the Cats kickoff the season.

Back to Work — The Kentucky football team took a day off for the first day of classes.  Today they’ll return to the practice field to begin prep for Central Michigan.  We’ll hear from Matt House and the defense tonight, the last media session before game week is finally here.

Mingione’s First Pitch — The UK baseball head coach will be in Louisville tonight to throw out the first pitch at the Bats’ baseball game.  To see Nick Mingione in action, you can purchase premium tickets that have a $2 concession value for only $10 if you use the promo code “CATS” after clicking here.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Thursday Morning Rapid Fire: Urban Meyer got off the hook

  1. cats646
    9:06 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t wait till next Saturday.

  2. Ben27
    9:22 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    This is probably the best case for Kentucky! We have a strong recruiting base in Ohio and there is no reason to upset what we have going in Ohio.

  3. UKFootballYall
    9:45 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely shameful Ohio State proved it has just as little character, class, and morals as Urban.

  4. Goose
    9:50 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    The dirty bird cards just keep doing it to themselves… never ends.

  5. Alleykat16
    9:54 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    We may be able to get a couple of Ohio’s better recruits now that this has happened. Will this hurt Ohio St. not this year but going forward this could hurt them in the recruiting part of the program

  6. henderblue
    9:59 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Tiger vs Phil. They should put up 5 million each, and winner take all. That would make it interesting

    • GM1978
      11:56 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

      That was Mickelson’s opinion on it as well

  7. ClutchCargo
    10:06 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    This may not be the final word on Urban Liar, but it sure is a bad look for Ohio St.

  8. J-Dub421
    10:19 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Ohio State continues to place winning ahead of all else. The press should hammer Urban Meyer on this all season long. Don’t let him off the hook.

  9. Steady
    10:23 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Urban would be a perfect fit for the Bengals.

  10. BTownUKFan
    11:36 am August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Phallic Cardinal…that’s one nasty looking STD. He should probably have that checked.

  11. catsfan1995
    12:07 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    He didn’t do anything wrong. Don’t @ me

    • 4everUKblue
      2:55 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

      Say what???

    • kenny
      4:12 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

      Innocent til’ proven guilty no longer exists. Social media destroyed that.

    • Cletis75
      7:26 am August 24, 2018 Permalink

      That’s what the investigation proved. His guilt.

  12. elvislovesblue
    3:35 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    “While those denials were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not in our view deliberately lie.”

    1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  13. CoachCat
    4:24 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Lol. How exactly is he supposed to respond. You were accused of a crime, yet you weren’t charged. You’re fired. Lol. Coaches can’t fire staff because of a accusation. That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen

    • Cletis75
      7:29 am August 24, 2018 Permalink

      Any coach can be fired for conduct detrimental to the team. He had enough information to fire him for a long time.