'I applaud them': Urban Meyer commends Scott Frost, Ryan Day for standing up for players
Scott Frost and Ryan Day were two of the loudest voices in the B1G last week. Before the B1G officially postponed the fall football season on Tuesday, the Nebraska and Ohio State head coaches urged the conference to explore all opportunities in front of them in order to play in 2020.
Both coaches stuck their neck out for their players, and it received a lot of high praise from former Buckeyes leader Urban Meyer.
“I applaud them,” Meyer said while talking with BTN’s Gerry DiNardo. “The way I always would look at it was this — I would tell the president, I would tell the athletic director, in my mind, I really don’t work for the university. I don’t work for the president, I don’t work for the athletic director. I work for the parents and the families of the student-athletes.
“You have to be the player advocate in this, and they are. I listened to what they said. When someone criticizes a coach for fighting hard for the players, obviously they’ve never coached. Because that’s your job.”
After the B1G made its decision, both Frost and Day said that their respective schools were exploring all options to play football in the fall. Frost and Nebraska caught a ton of heat from national media, especially from ESPN’s Desmond Howard, Michael Wilbon and Paul Finebaum.
Day received a much milder reaction.
Those two weren’t the only coaches in the B1G to advocate for their players, either. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh fired off a letter, urging the conference to move forward with the season based on the statistics from within the Wolverines’ football program. Penn State’s James Franklin called for the league to push back the start date until late September, rather than postponing until spring.
Obviously, all of those calls were ignored by the B1G presidents and chancellors, as well as commissioner Kevin Warren.
.@CoachUrbanMeyer's reaction to Ryan Day and Scott Frost's reaction?
"I applaud them."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 15, 2020