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Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Statement from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith:

“We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA’s decision,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State’s Athletics Director and Associate Vice President. “However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution. We recognize that this is a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics. Institutions of higher education must move to higher ground, and Ohio State embraces its leadership responsibilities and affirms its long-standing commitment to excellence in education and integrity in all it does.

“My primary concern, as always, is for our students, and this decision punishes future students for the actions of others in the past,” said Smith. “Knowing our student-athletes, however, I have no doubt in their capacity to turn this into something positive – for themselves and for the institution. I am grateful to our entire Buckeye community for their continued support.”

“All of us at Ohio State are determined to ensure that our compliance programs and protocols are best in class,” said Smith. “We will assume a leadership role in representing our university and its values.

“It is important to remember that Ohio State has one of the nation’s largest self supporting athletics programs, with students succeeding both in competition and in the classroom,” said Smith. “We have more than 1,000 students who compete in 36 intercollegiate sports, and the overall grade-point average of our student-athletes is just over 3.0. During the last two years, the University has had more student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team than any other school. Further, Ohio State finished second in last year’s Directors’ Cup, which recognizes the best athletics programs in the country.”

Statement from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer:

“I agreed to become the Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University because Shelley and I are Ohio natives, I am a graduate of this wonderful institution and served in this program under a great coach. I understand the academic and athletic traditions here and will give great effort to continue those traditions.

“It is still my goal to hire excellent coaches, recruit great student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and to win on and off the field. The NCAA penalties will serve as a reminder that the college experience does not include the behavior that led to these penalties. I expect all of us to work hard to teach and develop young student-athletes to grow responsibly and to become productive citizens in their communities upon graduation.” 

Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

I love how all the haters predict that Meyer will leave in 5 years or sucks as a coach.. Get a life dude and worry about your own loser program and leave the winning to us.. Must be a ichigan fan.. Go Bucks!!!



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

Ever thought maybe Meyer had something to do with the qb's success? Agree he could hit the road though if not successful in a few years.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

The NCAA for some strange reason is trying hard to join the media in wanting to make Ohio State irrelevant for about 3 years.  Well, they failed.  The Buckeyes will hardly skip a beat.  Smith never should have cooperated with them -- he should have done like the Auburn A.D.  At least he had enough sense not to put on a self-ban this bowl season.  But Smith saved his own job by hiring Urban Meyer.  Despite the fact these NCAA sanctions are over-kill, the Buckeye Nation is in great shape! 



Where is the logic in this post?  If the NCAA wanted to hammer Ohio State, they would have.  They could have given them the same thing USC got, but did not.  Consider yourself lucky, not picked on.  The bowl ban this year would have been much smarter than having to take it next season when the team might actually be good instead of 6-6. 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:08 am
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

They are not appelaing and are "moving forward" because they know how lucky they are. The sanctions were ver light. The should have lost at least 15 scholarships and received a two-year bowl ban. I think there should also be a show cause order as to why Smith and Gee, two incompetents, should keep their positions. As for Urban, keeping the "academic and athletic traditions" going, it looks like it's more cars and tattoos for everyone! Of course, he'll also probably continue the myriad of arrests and brushes with the law he oversaw at Florida. What was it, 40 or so, during his tenure.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

I really dislike Urban Meyer, but I have to say he has the right attitude. Smith on the other hand made me throwup in my mouth. Humble much? I have a feeling he simply has not learned his lesson and that his days at OSU are numbered.

This line in particular really raises the blood pressure:

"We recognize that this is a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics. Institutions of higher education must move to higher ground, and Ohio State embraces its leadership responsibilities and affirms its long-standing commitment to excellence in education and integrity in all it does."

This is a classic dodge position, stating that all universities are having a challenging time with the rules, we should all do better, and we are going to lead the way. How about, "we really screwed up, we will take our penalty and come out of this stronger with a team and program you can be proud of"? Uggh ... Smith is a tool.




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

 I agreee with you.Urban was successful at Bowling Green because he had record setting QB Josh Harris.  Harris left and so did Urban.  Urban has number one overall pick Alex Smith at Utah.  Smith left and so did Urban.  Then he has Tebow.  If Cam Newton had been able to stay at Florida chances are so would Urban.  However, Tebow left and Urban did not have a superior QB so he developed "health problems."  If OSU is not playing for a Championship in 5 years, Urban will once again leave due to "health problems" and to "spend more time with family."  Both are valid reasons for anyone to pursue a new career path.  It's just Urban's seem to coincide with a lack of QB. Urban is a fake and a farce.  If you see him leaving with the rats the ship is going down.  If he was 1/2 as great a coach as portrayed in the media, Ohio State would be destined for numerous national championships.  If not for Penn States scandal he would  be getting no recruits. Feel good today but start looking for your new coach about 3-5 years from now.  Urban's "health" will not let him coach more than that.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

Hope you feel good about your comments while OSU crushes MSU in the foreseeable future SORRY



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

The NCAA for some strange reason is trying hard to join the media in wanting to make Ohio State irrelevant for about 3 years.  Well, they failed.  The Buckeyes will hardly skip a beat.  Smith never should have cooperated with them -- he should have done like the Auburn A.D.  At least he had enough sense not to put on a self-ban this bowl season.  But Smith saved his own job by hiring Urban Meyer.  Despite the fact these NCAA sanctions are over-kill, the Buckeye Nation is in great shape! 



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

Right from Urban Meyers mouth.....

"I expect all of us to work hard to teach and develop young student-athletes to grow responsibly and to become productive citizens in their communities upon graduation.”

But during their time in college is a different story because there is no way in heck Mr. Meyer with his players arrest records at Florida can honestly say he teaches his student athletes how to be productive citizens BEFORE graduation.  

This guy is a real piece of crap and I feel bad for the havoc he is about to leash on The Ohio State University.  Buckeye fans look at his coaching career.  he doesnt stick around for very long and when he leaves he leaves a bare cupboard.  Ohio State might win for 3 or 4 years under Meyer (dont see a national championship happening with the way the SEC manipulates their schedules to have at least 1 team playing for the title year in and year out), but after Meyer leaves in 4 or 5 years the next coach at The Ohio State University will have to completely rebuild the program.  Odds are it will be rebuilding from the spread option back to smash mouth big ten football.  And that process will take 2 to 3 years of losing.



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Meyer, Smith release statements on NCAA sanctions

Translation We consider ourselves lucky to not get the Death penaity and will dance all the way though the probation


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