A few weeks back, we gave high praise to Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer on how he handled the arrests of Buckeye players Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort after their arrests in June.
If you remember, Meyer sent a message by stripping both players of their scholarships for summer classes and said if they're to re-join the squad in time for fall camp they'll have to meet a standard and adhere to strict guidelines set up by the coach.
This past week, Meyer had to dish out more discipline as linebacker Storm Klein was charged with domestic violence after an alleged incident Friday night, involving his girlfriend at his apartment in Columbus.
Klein was arraigned Saturday morning, pled not guilty and by Saturday evening had been kicked off the Buckeyes' team.
Meyer issued a statement through the university saying, "The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program. As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status."
I don't want to hear about innocent until proven guilty involving collegiate athletes. They should not put themselves in a position to have to be proven guilty. Obviously, whether or not Klein spends time in jail, pays a fine, etc. is totally based on innocent until proven guilty, but as for being a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, it doesn't work that way and it shouldn't.
Klein was a starting linebacker last season. Obviously, he's a strong, athletic guy. Does he really need to allegedly lay his hands on a woman?
There's no place for domestic violence at anytime, anywhere. What does it prove?
Once again, Meyer's quick and clear punishment should be viewed as a message. And, a very clear one. Since he was hired in late November, Meyer has had to issue several different punishments. He's booted now three players off the team to which OSU fans should say, "good riddance."
Remember, and this is for any sport at any level, playing and being on a team isn't your right. It's a privlege, which means the coaches or administrators can rule with an iron fist any way they see fit.
Columbus Dispatch columnist Rob Oller said it best on his Twitter, "Urban Meyer did not remove Storm Klein from the team. Klein did that all by himself."
That hits the nail directly on the head. I said in my last column, when are these players going to realize that the new Buckeye coach isn't going to stand for nonsense" He's not going to allow these guys to get to the point of a sense of entitlement. I am pretty sure players getting to a point of entitlement is what led to Ohio State's problems in 2011.
If you screw up, you'll face the consequences.
A lot of times, there's not enough of that mentality in society today. We've gotten to the point where there are too many slaps on the wrists, turning of the other cheek or just sweeping things under the rug.
I am just guessing that if there were stiffer penalties - like Meyer is doing at Ohio State - there would be a lot fewer issues to deal with.
So again, kudos to Urban Meyer and The Ohio State University.
OVBL HOME RUN DERBY?
As I was watching the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Monday evening, I threw out on my Twitter account that the Ohio Valley Baseball League should think about installing a home run derby.
Judging by some of the feedback, I think this idea could gain steam as several players got involved with a back-and-forth tweet battle in a good-hearted, trash-talking way.
Obviously, with 12 teams in the league, it would be tough to have a representative from each team, but maybe if there were official stats kept, the top eight home run hitters - regardless of team - could compete.
The possibilities are limitless.
From my point of view, obviously, the players who are playing in the OVBL currently still have a strong passion to compete. What's a better way to compete - and show off a little bit - than a home run derby?
As the 2012 season winds down, maybe it's something that will get done for 2013.
The more and more I talk to baseball junkies around the Ohio Valley, it hits me just how many players have come through the OVBL over the years.
I was surprised to see in a column by Rich Gibson, who himself was a skipper in the OVBL back in the 80s, in Sunday's paper that current Tampa Bay Rays' bullpen coach Stan Boroski played in the OVBL. It seems as if the list never ends.
That leads me to my next idea, which might be slightly more difficult than the aforementioned home run derby.
How about an OVBL Hall of Fame? I think it would be a great way to honor some of the area's best and the league's history.
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