Urban Meyer always seems to be in hot water with something, and it’s usually a result of not doing enough to resolve an issue with one of his players or coaching staff. After last weekend’s video of Meyer receiving a lap dance by a female much more his Junior, it’s not surprising that even in 2021 he is still finding a way to get in trouble with women. If you haven’t seen the recent video, you can check it out below.
Meyer has been criticized by some commentators because 31 of his players were arrested during his six years as the Florida Gators’ coach. The seriousness of the charges varied widely, from minor offenses such as possession of alcohol by a minor to the charges of possession of a concealed weapon, “aggravated stalking, domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards.”
In September 2010, after Gator receiver was arrested for sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend, Meyer stated that he was “real upset about that. After a while, enough’s enough. If there’s something that we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation rate stinks then we gotta improve that. If there are other issues in a program, that’s our job to get it better. It’s people making stupid mistakes, that’s something we gotta correct.”
On August 1, 2018, Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State, after reports surfaced that Meyer knew about spousal abuse allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith prior to Smith’s firing the week prior.
After an independent investigative panel reviewed the evidence, the Ohio State Board of Trustees found that Meyer and Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith did not uphold the values of the university. On August 22, the board voted to suspend Meyer for the opening three games of the season for the Buckeyes. He missed the team’s games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU.
Although Meyer’s recent public sexual misconduct has not been addressed by the woman he was with, it would not be surprising if she later spoke out and said that his advances were unwelcome. If the woman he is with does come forward and claim his advances were unwanted, charges of sexual abuse could absolutely become a real thing for Meyer.
Only time will tell how things will end with Meyer. But it’s obvious that pattern behavior has existed throughout his coaching career. It’s not surprising that he was the one caught red handed this time around.