Paul Finebaum on Urban Meyer: 'All he had to do was the right thing'
Urban Meyer’s career at Ohio State, and maybe in college football, is currently dangling by a thread following the shocking expose revealing the years of abuse his former assistant Zach Smith inflicted on his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. This news was brought to light thanks to the brilliant work of college football insider Brett McMurphy, who broke the story on Wednesday.
The story was put together after Meyer arrogantly denied any knowledge of one incident involving Smith back in 2015. Had he owned up to what he knew during the latest Big Ten Media Days, Meyer would likely not be on leave in Columbus.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum joined ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday following the release of McMurphy’s story and offered up these thoughts:
“The immediate reaction was Urban Meyer cannot survive this,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday morning. “And that’s before I even finished the first paragraph.
“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer. 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.”
Now, after a day of reflection, Finebaum came back with another more intense take on Meyer and his situation at Ohio State. The SEC Network host buried the fraudulent Meyer and noted that had he simply done the right thing back in 2015 — or 2009 for that matter, this could have all been avoided.
“A lot of unanswered questions about Urban Meyer but one thing I don’t have any doubt about, Urban Meyer is a fraud,” Finebaum said during a recent ESPN appearance. “He’s been exposed as one during this entire process — and it disappoints me to say that because I believed in Urban Meyer…
“All he had to do was the right thing.”
You can view the entire segment below:
"Urban Meyer is a fraud."
"I believed in Urban Meyer."
"I was wrong."
Never one to mince words, @finebaum tees off on Urban Meyer, earlier today on College Football Live.
— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) August 2, 2018