[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="295" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]The Godfather and Consigliere love to debate topics and, as we all know, The Godfather wins in the end. But here’s an interesting debate about a famous coach.
Today's topic: Would Urban Meyer returning to college football be a good thing?[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Godfather’s Take:
I want this to happen. Why? Because Meyer is one of the greatest coaches in college football history and the best recruiter I’ve ever covered. So these are selfish reasons for sure as I think he makes college football more interesting and exciting. I know many will talk of how he shouldn’t be mentoring kids and point out the arrests at Florida or the Zach Smith situation at Ohio State. And of course people will talk about how horribly he treated staffers and players in Jacksonville. I don’t condone any of this and of course I’m not a fan of players getting arrested, coaches with domestic violence issues or the mistreatment of people. But this isn’t about whether or not I like the man, it’s about what would be good for college football and Meyer at a major program would make for some interesting recruiting and on field battles. It likely won’t happen but I still want it to.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Consigliere's Take:
I will not argue with Meyer's results - he has the best winning percentage of all coaches in the modern era. However, his off-field antics and clear lack of the ability to establish a positive culture don't resonate with the way the game needs to evolve. His incompetence for the Jaguars this past season was astounding - before the season even started, he hired former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle who had just been fired due to a massive amount of red flags regarding his treatment of players, and had to subsequently fire him shortly thereafter, and also incurred a $100,000 fine for violating practice rules during OTA's. I also can't overlook the Zach Smith situation - he has never given any sort of reasonable explanation for his action (or in this case, inaction.) And he hasn't shown any semblance of having learned from his mistakes, as evidenced by the hiring of Doyle. So while he may still win a ton of games, that doesn't mean it's good for the game to have Meyer and all of his baggage taking center stage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]