As a life long Buckeye, I grew up in Columbus and attended my first football game in the Horseshoe during the magical 1968 national championship season. Utilizing the GI Bill, I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting after sailing the world as a weatherman aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61) while serving in the Navy. However, after watching three basketball games Wednesday evening, Memphis-Georgetown and Duke-Kansas on ESPN with the Buckeyes-Virginia Military Institute on the Big Ten Network (they now refer to themselves as BTN) sandwiched in between, I became disgusted or more likely insulted by ESPN’s nearly constant scrawl along the bottom of the television screen, first telling me that according to an Orlando TV station and the Columbus Dispatch that Ohio State had reached an agreement with Urban Meyer to a seven year, forty million dollar deal to become its next head football coach.
Six months ago, if you told me that Ohio State would hire Meyer to replace Jim Tressel as head coach, I would have thought you crazy. Ten years ago, when Ohio State hired Tressel, he was coaching at Youngstown State. When it seemed that the stars were properly aligning for such a scenario involving the former Florida coach to unfold, ESPN began telling me constantly with their irritating scrawl that Urban Meyer will become the next head football coach at Ohio State. Then immediately, ESPN stated that Meyer is denying all reports of him agreeing to such a deal nor has a deal been offered.
At half-time of the Duke-Kansas game, ESPN ran a studio report again informing me that Urban Meyer has agreed to terms of a seven year, forty million dollar deal, however Meyer has denied accepting nor being offered such a deal. It is bad enough that ESPN is reporting that Urban Meyer has agreed to a seven year, forty million dollar deal to become head coach, and that Meyer is denying such an agreement but to tell me every five minutes as The Lead on its nauseating scrawl that Urban Meyer has agreed to a seven year, forty million dollar deal to become coach, but Meyer is denying such an agreement is not only monotonous but asinine. After the basketball game ended, the big story on Sportscenter was that Urban Meyer has agreed to a seven year, forty million dollar deal to become the next head football coach at Ohio State, however, Meyer is denying such a deal.
Although this is great news for the Buckeye nation, who have suffered greatly this past year with numerous NCAA rule violations that led to the forced retirement of beloved head coach Jim Tressel, but it seems that ESPN has become nothing more than a combination Natural Inquirer-24 hour news network, constantly reporting a perceived news story based not on facts but assumptions. Pitiful.
Steven H. Spring
OSU, Class of ‘87