Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
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For the last few weeks, sports media has not made life very easy for Mr. Urban Meyer. Like our own Matt Shock wrote in a post last week, multiple media sources have been blaming the Aaron Hernandez situation on Meyer for allegedly letting Hernandez “run a muck" while at Florida. We all know that is a giant pile of horse manure because in the end, Hernandez is responsible for his own actions and Meyer was just his college coach. But if that allows the “experts” to sleep at night, then keep on talking, you bums. Since the Hernandez case has brought Meyer’s program control into question, he received the perfect opportunity to silence the critics this last weekend.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde and corner back Bradley Roby were the topic of discussion on Monday morning. Both Bucks were involved in violent incidents this last weekend. Hyde allegedly punched a woman while at a bar in Columbus on Saturday night, and Roby ended up being charged with a misdemeanor for hitting a man while in Bloomington, Indiana on the same night. After their actions, Hyde was suspended from all team activities and Roby did not join Meyer at the Big Ten Media Days this week. If the investigations prove to go against Hyde and Roby, their future will be left in the hands of Meyer, and if that is the case, I wouldn't want to be either of those young men.
After the scrutiny and criticism that Meyer took for Hernandez's actions, he will have the opportunity to make a statement with these two upperclassmen. He has already suspended two true freshman from the team for the rest of the summer for their stupid decisions, and he had no problem doing the same thing to two stars of last year's team. His reputation while at Florida was letting his prized athletes run the program, but so far, that has not been the case while at Ohio State. Besides having little to no patience for freshman stupidity, this Roby/Hyde situation is Urban's first true test of judgment since donning the Scarlet and Gray.
With the suspensions that Meyer has dished out, it shows that not only is the Ohio State football program going in the right direction, but Meyer is as well. In no way am I saying that Meyer is any to blame for Hernandez or any another former Florida football player that has been in trouble, but this whole nightmare has been a bit of a wake-up call that not only are you accountable for yourself, but those that you call your own for 3-4 years. With that learning experience comes the righting of the ship. Meyer has already run the Buckeyes with a strong hand and a sense of honesty in his first year in Columbus, but now I have a feeling that nothing will go unseen or unpunished under this updated Urban regime.
Meyer has so far done a stellar job in handling the latest Ohio State crisis and not only has it started to straighten up his image, but the football program has fared well from it as well.