posted by queencitybuckeye
Perhaps, but apparently it's not as black and white as some would lead us to believe.
Bottom line is that the legal stuff will affect money should they decide to get rid of him. The decision will be made on public perception. IMO, the opinions of the public that should matter are:
1. The people of Columbus.
2. The people of Ohio.
3. People outside Ohio with a connection to the university (went there, worked there, etc.).
4. No one else.
The problem is the Ohio State - certainly not unique - threw in a long time ago with the big time college football way of doing things. The school's athletic department became a brand name that is promoted well beyond Ohio. This is not as much a legal issue as a PR issue in my opinion. Television, radio, internet, newspapers are the tools used to promote big-time college football. Unfortunately, if you live by that promotion, it can bite hard when something like this happens. I agree with many that the moral outrage without knowing the facts is laughable. None of these commentators know any more about the story than I do. And I certainly don't know enough to make some judgement on whether Urban Meyer knew about any of this or not. Hopefully the OSU investigation is able to determine the true answer to this before action is taken.
But Ohio State wishes to be a huge name in the sports world. Like it or not, the rules of perception are a factor there. Not to mention that Urban himself has been outspoken about doing things the right way and offering his opinion that coaches should be fired for not holding themselves to the very best standards. These factors will make it hard for the school to not get rid of him if there is any hint that he may have known. Right or wrong.
I am a life long OSU fan and a graduate as well. However I feel no sympathy with the school on this. After choosing not to stand up for Tressel in spite of his mistake, I came to see that Ohio State values wins and money over people. That's the bed they've made.