Video: Urban Meyer's reaction to hearing Alabama uses former players on scout team
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked for his thoughts regarding Alabama’s use of former players as scout team members for practice during his Monday press conference and the NCAA’s lack of disapproval.
His response? He had no idea that was even a thing. You can tell by his body language as his head dips and his eye brows raise with what looks to be paired with a certain degree of surprise.
“In practice?” Meyer asked with intrigue. “I did not know that.” Meyer also joked with the reporters, saying he “had to go and make a phone call.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban has been utilizing former players (Blake Sims, Trent Richardson, John Parker Wilson) to come in and play against starters in scout team situations. For example, Richardson was brought in to emulate current LSU running back Leonard Fournette prior to the Crimson Tide’s Week 10 game with the Tigers, which resulted in a 10-0 win for the Tide.
There’s nothing in the NCAA rule book prohibiting against the use of former players. As such, Saban is taking full advantage of this loophole.
Judging from Meyer’s reaction, we can expect others to follow suit.