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Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:40 am
 
When Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith pulled Urban Meyer out of a hat, I thought he had saved his job. More to the point, I thought he should have saved his job. That was a huge hire, the perfect hire, and for being able to pull off that coup, Smith deserved to stay.

Until Tuesday.

And now I'm back to where I've been for the last year, wondering how the hell Gene Smith still has a job.

Other than the Meyer hire, Smith has shown the kind of incompetence that gets a guy fired in almost every other walk of life. If he was a football coach, he'd be Cam Cameron (NFL career record of 1-15, meaning he did win a game once). If he was a cook, he got the salad right but he burned the main course ... and the restaurant.

Never mind the incompetence, the inability to gauge a situation and respond correctly, after Smith learned Jim Tressel had lied to him and jeopardized the school's good name by playing Terrelle Pryor and others after those players had clearly broken NCAA rules. Smith's reaction was to stand by Tressel until someone else -- the NCAA, the school president, the board of trustees, someone -- made it clear to him that Tressel had to go.

That was so bad, I thought Smith should be fired. And I wrote as much.

Then he hired Meyer, a job-saving hire. As I wrote.

But now this. This miscalculation of NCAA penalties. This crazy, ridiculous, indefensible theory of his that the NCAA wouldn't give his football program a postseason ban for Tressel's enormous ethical lapse. That theory, which existed in Smith's mind and -- I assure you -- almost nowhere else, explains why the Buckeyes are playing in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.

Because Gene Smith didn't think he should sacrifice the bowl game of this lost season to save a bowl game for next season. He didn't think he needed to. Gene, next time your phone rings, I can assure you this: It's not Mensa.

Smith was wrong about the severity of the NCAA violations, but it's more than being wrong: He was stupid. What Tressel allowed under his watch was worse, I'd argue, than the latest scandal at Southern California. Pete Carroll didn't catch a cheater, no, but Tressel caught one ... and let him play anyway.

And still, after the Trojans were hit with a postseason ban, Gene Smith thought the Buckeyes wouldn't be?

Thanks to his boss's misjudgment, Urban Meyer has to start his career with a postseason ban hanging over his first season, undercutting his first recruiting class.

If I'm running Ohio State, I'm firing Gene Smith today. But I'm not running Ohio State. E. Gordon Gee is, and that dude told the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday, after the sanctions came down, "I have been a consistent supporter of Gene and remain so."

Then you should go too, E.






Comments

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:48 am
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

renegue



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:48 am
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

renegue



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:02 am
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

I stopped following sports for 2 months and alot has happened. Urban Meyer who kept telling everyone he was going to watch his kids grow up and graduate from high school before starting another HC job. I believed him...I really did. There is also the fact that many sports "experts" said the 49ers would be washed up and be so lucky to be in 4th place. Losers...the NFC West and all the other divisions are 4 team divisions. The 49ers could do no worse than 4th. These same experts have also said that Sam Bradford is the real deal and will take the Rams in to the playoffs. He did not. They also said that Tim Tebow will never take a team to the playoffs. They also said that the Packers would repeat a SB champs. They did not. They got trounced badly in their first playoff game....by a 10-6 team....much like the Saints got blasted/routed/demolished by the 9- Seahawks.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

that brings up a very good point. how is it these gm's dont watch what the players are doing, since it is their job. 1. i know there are 30,  000 students and all those teachers. 2.  there are all those other sports like swimming and track, etc. 3. they are so busy with paper work. these are all good excuses. there are 5 or 6 real good football, which is where your revenue comes from.  these guys cant watch them and see they are living a lifesyle above their means? kids brag. these guys should know what is going on. if i had my dream job and everything was looking rosy. (good football team, bcs money) i would watch a few people and make sure they didnt ruin it or me. not that many players are good enough for someone to want to play them.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

This is really just a slap on the wrist for Ohio State.  EVERYONE knows that Tressel and OSU were cheating for years and they basically have gotten away with it.

For several months I have been telling the Anti-OSU people that they would be disappointed when the final NCAA ruling came down.  I have said all along that there would be additional sanctions in the final ruling, but there are some that can never be satisfied.  Columbus could be reduced to a steaming radioactive crater lined with glass and rubble, and they would still think the NCAA let them off easy.

It is time to move on, people.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

Gene Smith should of been fired a long time ago. He told Meyer there would be no bowl ban and in turn Meyer has told these recent set of recruits the same. I wouldnt be surprised to see some of these recruits renig by signing day in Feb!

Get real, sporthc.  Everyone following the situation had to know that a bowl ban was a possibility.  Meyer is no dummy, so surely he knew that too.  As for recruits, do you really think kids will change their minds because they won't get to go to a bowl as a Freshman?  Or redshirt Freshman?  That would be incredibly short sighted.  Yes, it could happen.  If it does, I would have to conclude that the kid was not very strongly committed to OSU in the first place.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

What racial remarks...boy talking about an idiot looking for a pedistal!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

Merry Xmas to one and all...even you Michigan fans......I already received a nice gift.....Urban MeyerCool



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

I tell you what...you freakin idiot....SOPs for the SEC is get away with what you can and report what you know will come out. Fort anyone with common sense...this is the posture all ADs have to take in today's climate.

CF drives revenue...and it just does not make sense to hurt your stockholders (company) by taking the high road. This is a very complex business that most of us (yes I included) can never grasp. I just love the occasional season where my favorite team gives me reason to forget my unimportant life and root for something bigger.

OSU is not above the fray...it is time all you morons realize that your stuck up noswe just got flooded.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Gene Smith sabotages Urban Meyer, keeps job

Why do Michigan fans care so much about Ohio State?....I could careless about the weasels.


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