Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 7:05 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 Unlike most of college football’s bluebloods, Ohio State has managed for the last half-century to avoid the peaks and valleys that have shaped the history of Alabama, Texas, Southern Cal and the rest. Any downward trend for the Buckeyes has been relatively short-lived, as their last three coaches – Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and John Cooper – were all able to transition out of potential turbulence and quickly get Ohio State back into the top 10. The Buckeyes’ steadiness as a powerhouse could be tested again soon if the school chooses to part ways with Meyer, who was placed on administrative leave Wednesday as questions arose over how much he knew about domestic abuse allegations made by the wife of his former receivers coach Zach Smith over a period of several years. Though the circumstances are entirely different and the outcome still uncertain, the current drama echoes the sudden collapse … [Read more...] about Could Bob Stoops replace Urban Meyer at Ohio State?
Steve Berkowitz USA TODAY Published 3:43 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 In April, Ohio State announced that its governing board had approved a two-year contract extension for Urban Meyer that raised his compensation for the 2018 season to $7.6 million. The addition to Meyer’s contract also contained new provisions that could give the university ample latitude to fire him for cause, depending on the outcome of its investigation into allegations that he knew that former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith was accused of abuse by his ex-wife. The university announced Wednesday that Meyer has been placed in administrative leave with pay while the investigation proceeds. Meyer’s revamped contract was set to give him a $1.2 million raise over what he made for the 2017 season and $800,000 over what he was scheduled to be paid for 2018. At the time, the deal would have made Meyer the nation’s highest-paid public-school football coach in 2018 (Alabama announced new … [Read more...] about New contract provisions could pose problem as Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is placed on leave
A.J. Perez USA TODAY Published 1:55 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 Retired Ohio State wrestling coach Russ Hellickson sought support for Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan from two former wrestlers he coached who accused Jordan of ignoring sexual abuse allegations voiced against a team doctor, according to a published report Wednesday. Hellickson sent text messages last month to Dunyasha Yetts and Mike DiSabato asking them to support Jordan, NBC News reported. Yetts and DiSabato came forward earlier this year to allege former team doctor Richard Strauss committed sexual abuse and harassment, and said Jordan had knowledge of it when he was an assistant coach at the school between 1986 to 1994 and failed to take action. “I’m sorry you got caught up in the media train,” Hellickson wrote in a text message to Yetts on July 4. “If you think the story got told wrong about Jim, you could probably write a statement for release that tells your story and corrects what you … [Read more...] about Retired Ohio State coach asked former wrestlers to support Rep. Jim Jordan
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 10:15 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 It has never been enough for Urban Meyer to be just a football coach, even if being one of the best to ever do it should have been plenty. For Meyer, the trophies, the massive paychecks and the adulation are part of a larger mission. In Meyer's world, he and he alone serves as the creator of leaders and virtuous citizens, the benevolent giver of second chances, the all-knowing arbiter of right and wrong. And anyone who has had the temerity to challenge the authenticity of his intentions when those decisions blew up in his face is typically cast aside not just as a critic, but a genuinely bad person. The way Meyer views himself as a coach, the difficult calls are eventually made very simple by his sanctimonious, self-appointed sense of justice. Whether it was Aaron Hernandez running wild at Florida with no repercussions, Gators running back Chris Rainey texting “Time to die” to his girlfriend or star … [Read more...] about Ohio State must fire Urban Meyer if he was protecting serial abuser
Christine Brennan USA TODAY Sports Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 A former Ohio State wrestler who has staunchly defended U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that the “conversations in a locker room” that Jordan admitted Friday he’d heard during his days as an assistant coach involved wrestlers saying “prepare to drop your pants” when they talked about going to see team doctor Richard Strauss. In a lengthy phone interview with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday, Michael Alf, who wrestled at Ohio State from 1988-92, continually praised Jordan, his assistant coach who has been accused by seven former wrestlers of knowing about and failing to stop Strauss from molesting athletes. When asked for examples of the locker room conversations that Jordan mentioned, Alf said: "If someone said, ‘Oh, I’ve got to go see Doc Strauss,’ it would be like, ‘Oh, prepare to drop your pants,’” said Alf, now a 48-year-old car dealer in … [Read more...] about Jim Jordan defender: Ohio State locker room talk included ‘prepare to drop your pants’