Paul Finebaum sounds off on Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State
When the report revealing Urban Meyer most likely had to have known about domestic violence allegations against a former member of his Ohio State staff from 2015 was released on Wednesday, many thought this could lead to the end of the Buckeyes coach’s career.
That’s exactly what went through the mind of SEC Network host Paul Finebaum when he started reading it.
“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. As you got deeper and deeper into the story, it got progressively worse. And since then, I haven’t seen any indication from that school or from anyone else that he is. The second they put him on administrative leave, that telegraphed to me, and I think many others, that they were looking for a way out, whether it’s settlement, outright fire for cause, I don’t know, but I cannot imagine with what Urban Meyer said last week at Big Ten Media Days and the fact that he hasn’t said anything yet, that he is going to have anything more to say in terms of this football season.”
As Finebaum alluded to, Meyer denied knowing about his former wide receivers coach, Zach Smith, having several domestic violence allegations in 2015. Smith’s wife spoke out on Wednesday, saying she told Meyer’s wife, Shelley, about her situation three years ago, and that Shelley responded by saying she would have to tell Meyer.
Finebaum didn’t stop talking about Meyer after sharing his initial reaction to Wednesday’s report. He continued giving strong opinions about Meyer, including about the Ohio State coach’s time at Florida from 2005-10.
“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said. “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.”