Coach Trout Gets Recruited By Coach Meyer in 2005.
Having once have been recruited by Coach Urban Meyer back in 2005, I knew Coach as an up-and-coming brilliant football mind and a very driven individual. He had just won the Fiesta Bowl at Utah and was the National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in all of collegiate football. When Coach Meyer reached out to find out about my recruitment and offered me if I was academically eligible, I committed to Coach Meyer on the spot. Rivals called and I said I was fully committed to Coach Meyer and the Florida Gators, which would have landed me on the Coach Meyer's national championship teams. Due to a severe head injury in a car accident, I was left on home school half of my sophomore year of high school and I never was able to fully recover due to the NCAA core classes that were required that year. Being ineligible, Coach Meyer and others helped me attend Hargrave Military Academy where I could become eligible and head to the Gators. Things changed after I met Coach Prunty and wound up switching from kicker to free safety, as coach stated in our College Football Today radio show that "I was full of piss and vinegar." I chose to keep playing offense and defense in college and took a alternate route, instead of honoring my commitment to the Gators. Looking back, I thought I had made a mistake later on in my career, but knowing how I was easily led by other star athletes, I could have wound up with the likes of an Aaron Hernandez. The 2008 Florida Gators were trending not that long back, as they were the most trouble ridden team in college football history. With 41 out of 121 players having been arrested, I looked back and really started to question the players Coach Meyer has a reputation of recruiting. Bad apples exist in every bunch, but I have never gotten a batch that around 1/3 of them were tainted and could not be restored. Then I started to question Urban Meyer's leadership as a so-called ELITE coach, not because of his countless wins, but his losses off the field that continued to mount as the years went on.
The Rise and Fall Of Coach Urban Meyer
"Winning Fixes Everything"
As a head coach, you are responsible for the players you recruit. As the media, we are responsible to do our due diligence in the ratings/stars we hand out. I have known 5-star athletes that are now serving major time in prison, that I personally played with who ruined every chance they had at a productive life. Holding your players accountable for each and every action comes down to the choices made daily by the individuals in leadership positions. Coach Meyer has let a lot slide over the years and is partly responsible for the detrimental path we have presented to our up-and-coming student-athletes. The concept that if you win, well, then reality and real life do not apply to you creates a false-hood in our prospects' mind that winning is truly everything. But I guess it comes down to your definition of winning. I wrote about Kirk Ferentz in my Iowa Hawkeyes preview, and if Urban Meyer would have put his ego aside and built individuals, instead of a "plug and pull" system that he often has bragged about. His house would have had a solid foundation and his job would be secure, as he did not police his coaching staff or his players correctly and it has come back on Coach Meyer.
"Urban Meyer is Urban Liar, he is the most disingenuous coach I have ever covered" Mike Bianchi - Orlando Sentinel
Zack Smith allegedly choked his wife in front of his two children, while his daughter was clinging to his wife's leg. Coach Meyer knew about these actions and ongoing domestic abuse, as well as some Ohio State coaches wives according to Brett McMurphy who was responsible for the initial release of the report that got Urban Meyer put on a leave of absence. The evidence is dark, damning and will not be tolerated in College Football Today. As coaches, players and mentors we must lead by example and stop making excuses for why "these kids are so bad". Your old and washed up mentality leads to children growing up without parents and those little boys reenacting your despicable actions (Zack Smith and Urban Meyer).
Has Coach Meyer's Ignorance and Lack of Caring About People Finally Caught Up to Him?
I will leave this to interpretation, as our country as a whole has been strategically decimated by placing individuals that win at all costs on a pedestal, even if they are not abiding by the codes set forth by man. That being said, every college football team has skeletons that can be easily discovered by anyone who inquires on certain subjects that pertain to that particular university or college. Those who are quick to throw out the first stone are usually guilty of their own short-comings as a human being and will find anyway to cast a king from his throne. When I look at evidence and hard facts, Meyer's track record does not reflect someone that cares about the individual and building them up. Rather, he wants you to abide by his way of living so he can win football games. With 41 out of 121 players on his gators team being arrested and Meyer being "proud of those teams" according to the NY Times. Instead of fixing troubled individuals, he decides to belittle a young man in front of hundreds of his peers for simply not making eye contact. I remember posting this video in complete dismay at how Coach Meyer choose to make a point to reprimand a young man in such a manner. This explained a lot of who Urban Meyer really was and why he coaches collegiate football. It is not to prepare young men for life, its about winning and getting them to the NFL so that he can obtain more big time recruits in the next class. Many coaches will promise you the world, just be sure that they have your best interest at heart, as your future could end up being led down a path of pure destruction.
Glad I Didn't Play For Coach Urban Meyer!
Am I happy that I did not get to play for Coach Urban Meyer? I am still unsure, because if just one person could have knocked his ego down a notch, we possibly could be looking at a man on track to becoming the most revered coach in all of college football. But instead, here we are again, let down by someone we idolized as football coaches, players and fans alike. Maybe we should look into the model of College Football Today and why coaches move jobs so much that it is nearly impossible to lay a solid foundation. You win, you move up and get more cash, plain and simple. I will forever respect the Kirk Ferentz's of college football for providing stability in a program that relies on building young men first and foremost, before the score at the end of the game.
We will have more details on this story from another perspective/contributor coming soon in part two of the Ohio State and Urban Meyer Scandal.
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