Miami football not a good fit for Urban Meyer and other scandal ridden coaches

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The news of Urban Meyer dancing inappropriately with an unidentified young woman at his restaurant in Columbus was the latest scandal for the first-year head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meyer and other scandal-ridden coaches are not good fits for the Miami football program if they replace Manny Diaz.

This is not the first time Meyer has been involved in a scandal. Meyer had coaches and players who were involved in incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout his career. The most notable was former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zack Smith who was eventually fired due to domestic violence.

At the time Smith was fired, Meyer stated “To say that (it becoming public) doesn’t have something to do with it, it does a little bit.” As a result of not reporting the incident Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season. Meyer has routinely showed poor judgment throughout his career.

When Meyer was hired by Jacksonville he hired former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle as the Director of Sports Performance. Doyle was in Iowa City for 20 years before leaving after the 2020 season. Several black Hawkeyes accused Doyle of belittling them and making them do more work.

Andrea Adelson of ESPN highlighted the problems that run deep for Meyer. Meyer spent five seasons at Florida. Before the me too era, Meyer was able to allow players accused or arrested of domestic violence to continue playing. The current environment in the public eye that’s not tolerated.

"“During Meyer’s six-year tenure at Florida, some 31 players were arrested, with at least 10 accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanor battery to felony domestic assault to felony theft to domestic battery. Punishment varied depending on the player, but let’s just say it was uneven at best.In perhaps the best example that illustrates that, star running back Chris Rainey was suspended only four games in 2010 after he was charged with aggravated stalking for allegedly texting his girlfriend, “Time to die, b—-.”"

Meyer has lost credibility. The seat for Diaz is scorching. Miami football social media has been buzzing with suggestions about who should replace Diaz if he is fired. Former Baylor head coach Art Briles has also been mentioned. Baylor had a sexual assault scandal that led to the ousters of Briles and Baylor President Ken Starr.

Starr is another person who scandals followed. The problems at Baylor were systemic. Briles, Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw all failed to act. Reports of rape and sexual misconduct were suppressed. In the me too era, ethetics, morals and actions are just as important as the ability to build a winning football program.

Briles denies any wrong doing while at Baylor. Following his departure from Baylor, Briles was hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League. Hamilton quickly rescinded its offer to Briles after a public outcry. Briles wound up coaching in the Italian Football League and back to high school in Texas.

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze is the final name who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Diaz. Freeze was hired at Liberty by McCaw. While at Mississippi, Freeze was given a one year show cause penalty for violations that included car loans and cash to athletes and contact with an escort service.

Former Dolphin Laremy Tunsil admitted to receiving money while at Mississippi and another former Rebel reportedly received help on his college entrance exam. The list of recruiting violations at Mississippi is extensive while Freeze was the coach. His success at Liberty could allow him a second chance at a Power Five program.

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With the scandals that have occurred with the Miami football program the have to be thorough with any potential hire. That includes someone without a questionable past. If the Miami  football decides to fire Diaz there are many candidates who would be good leaders of the football program in addition to excellent football coaches.