Just last week, Meyer vehemently denied he had anything cooking with the Buckeyes. Next thing you know, he takes the gig. Surely, a deal of this magnitude didn’t come together overnight. Obviously, some clandestine negotiating had to have gone on for some time.
No one seems particularly outraged or surprised that Meyer lied about his Ohio State courtship before actually taking the job. After all, isn’t that just what coaches do ?
From Nick Saban to Butch Davis, coaches passing through the state of Florida have had a nasty habit of denying their next move before MAKING their next move. Why ? Isn’t it better to say nothing at all than to tell an outright tale ?
Coaches hold themselves up to be pillars of honesty and dignity. They brag about doing things “the right way”, and recruiting players with the best talent and character. How are those players expected to be honest when the men they play for are not ?
I’m happy for Meyer. He’s clearly a great coach, who is taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go home. Maybe he will add to his “Urban” legend.
However, the minute I hear him deny that he’s going to the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, I will be awaiting the press conference to introduce him as their next coach.