CHICAGO — Urban Meyer was hailed as a savior when he went 12-0 in 2012, his first season as coach at Ohio State, which was coming off a tattoo scandal that landed it on probation. As he said Wednesday at Big Ten media day, it had been a great year — until last weekend.
Star running back Carlos Hyde, star cornerback Bradley Roby and two freshmen were disciplined for legal problems that brought to mind the end of Jim Tressel's tenure and again raised questions about Meyer and how he disciplines players.
"When a mistake happens or something happened, you have to react and get it done," Meyer said. "So I'm disappointed. I think furious might be the word that would best describe when I first got the phone call because … for 12 months it's been really, really good."
Meyer already faced questions about his relationship with Aaron Hernandez, who faces a murder charge, while the tight end played for him at Florida. Meyer spent six years at Florida, winning national titles in 2006 and 2008. He also had 25 players account for 31 arrests. While he said he isn't worried about his reputation, he acknowledged the criticism over disciplinary issues stings.
"I'm a human, so it does," he said. "I don't read. I don't really get involved with following stuff because I think people need to get facts before they start just making accusations and those type of things. I'm human, and I think that is something that I'm constantly evaluating and making sure we are doing the right thing."
Seminoles honored: Six Florida State players, including Plant High graduate James Wilder, were on the All-ACC preseason team released Wednesday. Wilder received 23 votes, fewer among running backs than only Miami's Duke Johnson. The other Seminoles: guard Tre Jackson, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, linebacker Christian Jones, cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and center Bryan Stork.
South Carolina: The school said it is looking into reported contact between star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and rapper turned sports agency head Jay-Z. Athletes can talk with agents but not reach agreements about representation or accept benefits from them.