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Meyer’s decision deserves major kudos

June 16, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Times Leader Sports Editor (sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

Urban Meyer is a no nonsense kind of guy.

He proved it again this weekend.

The Ohio State football coach announced Friday evening that suspended players Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were being removed from their scholarships for the summer quarter.

Kudos to Meyer for this decision.

Obviously, we realize that Stoneburner and Mewhort's legal issue was relatively minor, but that's not the point.

The fact of the matter is the young men put themselves in position to have legal problems.

Both Stoneburner and Mewhort had impressed the coaching staff during spring practice and were well on their ways to key starting roles in the fall, but they couldn't handle prosperity evidently.

With decisions come consequences and those are that both players will have to foot their own bill through this academic term, similarly to the way most of the undergrads have to do it.

See playing football at Ohio State - or any college - is a privlege and not a right. Often times, these players think they're above the law or beyond reproach.

With his decision to strip these guys of their scholarships, Meyer is sending a message to the rest of his team. No matter how good you are, what position you play or what your year of eligibility is, you're not going to get away with being an idiot.

I've listened to numerous Meyer press conferences and interviews since his November hiring and it's obvious that he's putting his stamp on the program and one of the key areas that won't be tolerated is off-field issues.

Remember, it was off-field activities that got Ohio State's program in hot water under Jim Tressel.

While Stoneburner and Mewhort have since pled guilty to a lesser charge and will have to pay a fine and court costs, they've not worked their way out of Meyer's doghouse yet.

Will they, eventually? Yeah, probably so, but I enjoyed the fact that the release from the university that the players won't be put back on scholarship until certain stipulations are met.

Meyer didn't release the stipulations, and I am not going to fathom a guess.

Hopefully, for OSU's sake, Meyer's message comes across loud and clear.

PIERGALLINI SHINES

Last Saturday in Fort Wayne, In., Buckeye Local senior sprinter Jordan Piergallini took part in the prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions.

The event is an all-star type meet, pitting teams from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana against one another.

Piergallini ran in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the meet. He ran a 10.91 and finished fifth in the 100 meter dash. He ran a personal best time of 21.92 to place seventh in the 200 meter dash.

St. John Central cross country coach and assistant track coach Jeremy Midei once again served as an assistant coach on the Team Ohio staff.

BUSY SUMMERS

If you're a high school athlete in today's day and age, you may get to the point where you dread summertime - other than there being no school.

June is one of the most hectic months for prep athletes.

For instance, if you're a three-sport athlete - like so many are in the Ohio Valley - you could find yourself lifting and conditioning for football in the morning, playing summer league basketball or participating in a shootout for basketball and then playing legion baseball in the evening.

Obviously, there are other sports going on, too. Summer golf tournaments have become more and more popular as has travel baseball or softball, meaning players are taking part in multi-day tournaments well away from the Ohio Valley, meaning the athletes have to choose.

I am certainly hopeful that the coaches realize that it's summertime and certain kids are more fond of one sport than another.

Since it's June, there needs to be some serious give-and-take.

SETH'S SCOOPS

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com or on Twitter @TLSportsSeth

 
 

 

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