Still, while Doyle is gone, the scrutiny toward Meyer has not disappeared. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum ripped the newly-hired Jaguars coach during an appearance on “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” on Tuesday.
“Predictable — anyone who has followed Urban Meyer closely … knew he would run into something like this at some point,” Finebaum said. “I didn’t think it would be before the opening of training camp, before the draft. But that’s Urban Meyer — he doesn’t care what you think or I think, he doesn’t care about common sense of decency, he only cares about what he thinks and it’s the same thing that happened at Ohio State with (the mismanagement of former Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s employment after past domestic abuse allegations resurfaced in 2018). Totally different set of circumstances, but Urban Meyer believes in someone, he doesn’t care what his advisors say, he doesn’t care what the media says, he just does it.
“And this was far or worse, because this wasn’t enabling a favored son of his — someone that he cared deeply about, that he was trying to help because of old family ties. This was someone who had been disgraced, who had been shipped out, sent packing by Iowa. And it wasn’t easy, but … once they got rid of the guy, it all became very clear why he was sent packing, why he was gone.”
Meyer will be able to move on and proceed with his first offseason in Jacksonville, but comments like these from Finebaum further drive home the fact he already has one strike against him.
Things are different in the NFL, as Meyer learned the hard way last week.