WATCH: BTN's Gerry DiNardo 'disappointed' with Ohio State, Urban Meyer press conference
The press conference that Ohio State called on Wednesday night to address the decision on head coach Urban Meyer has come under harsh criticism from several in the media over the last several hours.
Awkward, confusing and insensitive have been just a few of the words used to describe Wednesday night’s press conference. There wasn’t much concern for Courtney Smith, the alleged victim of domestic violence, or domestic violence itself.
Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo was asked to provide his thoughts on what transpired in Columbus on Wednesday night, and he was as eloquent as anyone when it came to addressing the concerns. DiNardo, who is also a former college football coach, said he was disappointed with the press conference.
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“I was disappointed in the press conference,” DiNardo said. “To me, this is about domestic violence. For the president of the university, the athletic director of the university and the head football coach to have a press conference and no one to address the issue of domestic violence, until the end when Urban was asked a question, I was disappointed.
“I always eel that distractions and crises are a chance for all of us to grow. The bigger the crisis, the bigger the distraction, the bigger the progress.”
Later, DiNardo said that “we should give women hope” when it comes to domestic violence, and that it shouldn’t be solely in the hands of law enforcement.
Here’s DiNardo’s full statement following the Ohio State press conference. It’s well worth your time.