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Urban Meyer: Sorry Blue Jackets, Crew for no pro teams comment

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Urban Meyer is joining the Jackets bandwagon. (Getty Images)
Urban Meyer is joining the Blue Jackets bandwagon. (Getty Images)

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To the Columbus Blue Jackets (and Columbus Crew of the MLS), Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has something to say: I'm sorry.

Recently Meyer was talking about recruiting players from out of state (Georgia specifically) to Columbus, Ohio, and the state's big university. In talking about it he made the comment that there "really are no professional sports teams" in Columbus. That caught the attention of Blue Jackets and Crew fans in Ohio's biggest city.

Well, Meyer didn't intend for it to come out that way and so he sent a message to the Columbus Dispatch to clarify.

"I have great respect for both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Crew organizations," Meyer wrote. "The intent of my comment about football recruiting was that Columbus doesn't have professional football. I should have made that point clear, and I do apologize for the misunderstanding.

"I am pulling for the Blue Jackets in their playoff drive and I wish the best for the Crew under its new leadership."

Certainly that's a fair mistake, though the distinction should have been made, as Meyer admitted.

Regardless of the Jackets and Crew's presence, the fact does remain that the Buckeyes football team is the biggest draw of them all in Columbus, helping to underscore his overall sentiment that if you go to Ohio State for football, you will get a lot of coverage and attention. Still, it came across as a bit of a slight to the other teams that call the city home.

But there are no hard feelings. As Meyer said, he's supporting the Jackets in their push to the playoffs. Here's proof.

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