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Urban Meyer doesn't feel bad running up scores, no one is surprised

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For some reason, Urban Meyer is back in the news. Meyer joined the Dan Patrick show on Tuesday to take shots at Michigan football, even though Meyer hasn’t coached since retiring in 2018.

Meyer said he didn’t feel bad about running up the score against Michigan during his tenure at Ohio State. To his credit, Meyer’s Buckeyes teams never lost to the Wolverines over his seven seasons in Columbus.

“How can I answer this politically correct?” Meyer said. “Our players worked that game every year, and you get a chance to go into the playoff, I’m not going to tell them to slow down.”

Fair enough. When you’ve got to impress the playoff committee, margins of victory matter. Meyer’s stance shouldn’t be surprising however, as he’s shown little remorse for higher-profile scandals during his coaching career.

When a complete lack of control in Florida caught up to Meyer following Aaron Hernandez’s arrest (Hernandez was arrested after he left Florida, but 31 other players were arrested under Meyer’s watch from 2005-2010), Meyer texted sportswriter Tim May, “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.” An exposé in 2012 revealed more details of the toxic culture Meyer cultivated in Florida.

At Ohio State, Meyer said he knew nothing about allegations that one of his assistant coaches was abusing his spouse. Meyer didn’t change his tune until after he was suspended three games for failing “to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith's misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes.”

 

On the field, however, Meyer enjoyed success on practically all opponents-- not just Michigan. He had a 187-32 record as a head coach.