What does this suspension do for Urban Meyer's legacy? Kirk Herbstreit weighs in
Once the news broke that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had been suspended for three games for not properly reporting a 2015 domestic violence incident involving former WR coach Zach Smith, media members rushed to break down what it meant.
However, perhaps one of the most interesting responses came from ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who also happened to play quarterback at Ohio State from 1989 to 1993.
Appearing on ESPN following the press conference at Ohio State, Herbstreit focused on the future, and what Meyer can do to move forward:
“Oh, I think it depends on how he responds moving forward,” he said. “You mentioned what he has done on the field. This is a setback. This is a blemish on his resume, and how he conducts himself moving forward will dictate whether or not people will remember this five years or 10 years from now or not.
“I know him very well. I think you’ll see behind closed doors — not necessarily at press conferences really — talking about how he’s going to carry himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if not only Ohio State, but a lot of universities watch this … And I’m going to be very frank with you, when you’re a head coach at this level and you’re trying to chase championships you only have so much time in the day. … The last thing you feel like you should be worrying about is what’s happening with one of your coaches.”
Yes, college coaches are busy, but when something like a domestic violence incident comes up, that should become a major focus.
Meyer brushed it aside, it seems, and for that, he has now been punished.