Paul Finebaum blasts Urban Meyer
Needless to say, Paul Finebaum does not approve of Urban Meyer’s disciplinary style.
Following the announcement on Monday that Ezekiel Elliott would not be punished for his postgame comments in which he criticized the coaching staff, the SEC apologist/ESPN college football analyst went off on Meyer.
“Frankly, I think Urban Meyer has done a poor job from the beginning,” Finebaum said on College Football Live. “I think he mismanaged the quarterback situation. I think he let it fester way too long. Now again, There’s always a challenge of winning a national championship and being a prohibitive favorite, which he was…
“But I just think he needed to get this team a little more grounded. I believe that train left a long time ago and I think the culmination was a mess on Saturday in Columbus.”
Meyer said on Monday that Elliott came into his office and apologized for the comments, saying that they were taken out of context. Elliott also issued a public apology.
Still, when Meyer addressed the situation, he defended Elliott by saying that he wasn’t wrong to say what he said, but that he let his emotions come out when he had a microphone in his face.
Finebaum didn’t agree with that justification.
“I just didn’t like what Urban said on Monday that it was the media’s fault,” Finebaum said. “I’ve watched that several times, as you have, and Ezekiel Elliott was not under siege there. He was not walking out of the stadium. He was holding court, he seemed calm, he seemed collected and he said what he did.”
Finebaum then got into Meyer’s treatment of J.T. Barrett following his OVI arrest. The Buckeye coach received criticism for handing Barrett just a one-game suspension.
He got some more heat from Finebaum.
“I thought he was very tame on J.T. Barrett,” Finebaum said. “I thought he embraced him. I felt like he gave him a pass instead of being firm. And I frankly think he repeated that with Ezekiel Elliott. I think that Elliott had a point about the play-calling. Not to beat a dead horse, but for a player to say this is it for me, then have the coach just shrug his shoulders…
“We’ve seen this movie before from Urban Meyer at the University of Florida and it looks like it’s repeating itself in Columbus.”
Apparently that’s what happens when you snap a 25-game losing streak.