Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave after the bombshell report from Brett McMurphy that alleged Meyer had previous knowledge of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The evidence in the report was damning, and Smith’s ex-wife Courtney had even said that she informed Shelley Meyer of the abuse, including photos.
Since he was placed on leave, the biggest question surrounding the Buckeyes program leading up to the season is whether Meyer will be fired or ultimately reinstated.
If you ask ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, we should know how the Meyer situation will end.
According to Finebaum, who appeared on WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. Monday morning, it seems more likely that Meyer will survive the scandal in Columbus.
“I think it’s pretty obvious from Ohio State realizing that the moment they put him on administrative leave it telegraphed to everyone ‘he’s done,’ to Urban realizing he had to change the narrative by issuing that statement on Friday afternoon coinciding with Zach Smith’s just purely embarrassing interview with ESPN,” Finebaum said, via 247 Sports.
“And then, today, I think the betting line in Vegas is now shifting back toward Urban Meyer surviving somehow, whether it’s a two-game or four-game suspension; whether it’s a fine; whether it’s Urban Meyer sitting down with Rece (Davis) or Tom Rinaldi and crying on camera while Shelley looks at him and talks about how he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. You guys can spend plenty of time today coming up with the narrative, but I think we’ve all seen the movie before.”
Finebaum continued to discuss Meyer, saying that “arrogance” played a big part in the destruction of Meyer.
“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said. “And listen, I have always liked him personally, I’ve respected his coaching ability. But you can’t look past the University of Florida. I mean, he left a disaster down there. Oh yeah, he won two national championships — thank you, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and countless other players that have been in the NFL since then — but he left his entire legacy in burned ashes.”