Urban Meyer will do a fabulous job as the new football coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes will get back in the national title hunt ASAP.
But his hiring caused many eyes to roll, with both at the school and its new coach. Didn't Meyer quit coaching to spend more time with his family? And why did Ohio State hire a guy from an arrest-prone program and a conference famous for its recruiting malfeasance?
Here just a few of the media takes:
Pat McManamon, FoxSports.com: “The Ohio State University has either stepped in a pot of gold, or stepped in the proverbial ‘it.’ There really seems to be no in-between in the hiring of Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes' head coach. That this hiring came together so soon after the Buckeyes' loss in Michigan on Saturday ranks up there with the discovery of new moons around Jupiter. Only Custer was caught so unprepared.”
Jen Engel, FoxSports.com: “Maybe he bailed because SEC pressure is toxic and insane. Maybe it was because Tim Tebow graduated. Maybe losing ate at him. Maybe he really had very little talent stockpiled. Maybe he really did want to spend more time with his family only to realize he missed having a football family, as well. Maybe he really wanted to change. Maybe he was lying all along. I do not know. I do not care. It is none of my damn business, or yours. I will let Meyer determine how to properly mete out his 24 hours between job and kids, how to best tend to his cardiovascular health, how to find what feels like balance for him. What I know for sure is Ohio State just hired itself a good coach.”
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel: “Ah, who will ever forget when Meyer was introduced as the new head coach at Florida seven years ago when he said that he had reached ‘the top of the mountain; in college coaching? Guess it must have been foggy in Gainesville that day and Urbie couldn’t see that there was another mountain peak in the distance — one that was even higher than the one he had ascended to in Gainesville: O-Lie-O State. The Buckeyes have replaced one coach who couldn’t tell the truth with another.”
Pat Dooley, Gainsville Sun: “The Gator Nation feels angry and betrayed, as if it has happened all over again. You think you have a special relationship with a guy, he walks away and tells you marriage isn’t for him and then ends up marrying a girl you think is nowhere near as hot as you are. I mean, it’s not like he took a job at, oh, I don’t know, South Carolina where he planned on trying to beat you every year.”
Pete Fiutak, College Football News: “Take a step back for a moment and try to comprehend who Ohio State just hired as its next head football coach just a few short months after all the embarrassment and all the scandal that Jim Tressel – who also suggested he was doing God’s work – brought to the school. ‘Shelley and I prayed about it. We talked about it. We took our time. Next morning, we woke up. I looked at her again - she’s a better judge of talent than I am - and there’s no doubt I wanted (Luke Fickell) to be a part of this team.’ This is just the kind of crap the powerfully stupid laps up, and it’s the precise reason why so many confused people start to see football coaches as more than just guys who teach people how to block and tackle.”
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The once-proud Giants defense allowed Drew Brees to toss five touchdown passes Monday night. Five! New Orleans is a good team, but the Saints DID lose to the Rams this season, so it’s not like this Tom Coughlin gets a pass for this.
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Here is some of what popped up on my Twitter timeline last night:
Peter Schrager: “Anyone peep the next two MNF games?! SD @ Jax and St. Louis @ Seattle. Time to get caught up on all those episodes of ‘The Good Wife’.”
Adam Schefter: “Since the start of the 2005 season, Drew Brees has thrown for 30,183 yards. Yup, the Dolphins didn't need to sign him.”
Eric Stangel: “The cherry on the top of the Chargers Crap Sundae is seeing ex-Chargers shining on #MNF... #Brees #Sproles”
Peter Schrager: “Saints love pouring on the points in garbage time on national TV. Watch, they'll lose 12-10 in San Francisco in the playoffs.”
Art Stapleton: “In the immortal words of Duke from Rocky 4, #NYG as Apollo & NO as Drago: ‘Throw in the damn towel. This was supposed to be an exhibition.’”
Eric Stangel: “‘...That's what makes Eli Manning great’ - Jon Gruden on the Giants QB who is down 21-3 with 0 TD and 1 INT”
Darren Rovell: “Thru tonight, Giants backup David Carr has made $36,796,765. That's $399,965 for every game he has played in.”
Sports Pickle: “Kerry Collins was the best free agent acquisition by far. If you're trying for Andrew Luck.”
Jim Rome: “Seeing Rick Neuheisel do Oregon after getting whacked would be hilarious. So is thinking he can stay within 7 touchdowns of the Ducks.”