ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has covered Urban Meyer for a long time, dating back to the Ohio State head coach’s days in the SEC at Florida. Today, Finebaum has discussed at length what is going on with Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Finebaum, appearing on SportsNation this afternoon, said Urban Meyer has been exposed as an “arrogant fraud.”
Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State following a report from Brett McMurphy, in which it’s claimed that the Buckeyes’ coach was aware of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015.
Finebaum further discussed Meyer and Ohio State on First Take this morning.
“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.”
Finebaum spoke more about Meyer and “arrogance.”
“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.”