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‘Training camp issue’ nets Buckeyes CB a suspension, not dismissal

Najee Murray

Yesterday, a report surfaced that a violation of unspecified team rules had resulted in the dismissal of Ohio State cornerback Najee Murray.

Well, not quite.

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer clarified Sunday that Murray has been suspended, not dismissed, citing “a training camp issue.

As a true freshman and mainly on special teams, Murray played in the first six games of the 2012 season before going down with a torn ACL. He was expected to contribute similarly in 2013.

(Hat tip: The Lantern) 

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30 Responses to “‘Training camp issue’ nets Buckeyes CB a suspension, not dismissal”
  1. normtide says: Aug 11, 2013 10:11 PM

    How may posts were there on the original story, with the posters saying ‘ good job coach, this isn’t the SEC’?

  2. elosopoderoso99 says: Aug 11, 2013 11:10 PM

    I bet there was a player’s meeting where they held a vote…that’s why he’s still on the team.

  3. thraiderskin says: Aug 11, 2013 11:27 PM

    @normtide…. a lot, but it didn’t make a lot of sense why he was just cut loose. All I know, this stuff needs to stop, if a message has to be sent, it should be someone who matters (not to be rude to Murray).

  4. normtide says: Aug 11, 2013 11:43 PM

    My point was, all BCS leagues have far more in common then contrast.

    Suspensions are always up to the coach. No one else knows the whole story. If a coach is to lenient, his team will lose the discipline it takes to win consistently at this level. So there is a consequence for coaches not keeping a somewhat clan house. Good coaches, like Meyer, know this and walk the line between keeping good players and losing the locker room.

  5. PowerMad says: Aug 12, 2013 1:15 AM

    Translation: “My name is Urban Meyer, and I’m an unscrupulous college football college coach who cares much more about winning that grades, discipline, character or anything else. Praise be to God I’m at Ohio State, where my shortfalls can be used to advance the football program without any regard to consequences.”

  6. mauldawg says: Aug 12, 2013 2:42 AM

    PowerMad Great post! UM is a joke ,just look at his track record with thugs and punks. Anything for a win.

  7. dkhhuey says: Aug 12, 2013 8:31 AM

    @Powermad – as a Buckeye alumni that follows the football team as close as I do – I can say with 100% certainty that you are full of shit and have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! You barely read a story and feel you are expert enough to vomit out hyperbole like you are close to the program and know Urban Meyer personally. Sadly, you only look like an uniformed idiot!

  8. mauldawg says: Aug 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    dkhhuey, You sound like an alumni that has your head up UM behind. Just look at his cover up record at FSU. Meyer will do anything to win a game. He has no class. How long before he destroys OSU? Not soon enough.

  9. MasMacho says: Aug 12, 2013 11:50 AM


    Sadly you are describing 99% of the comments on this site, especially the Urban trolls.

    Funny how many experts there are on CFB that are relegated to taking cheap shots behind a keyboard.

  10. dkhhuey says: Aug 12, 2013 12:11 PM

    @mauld – no, I don’t have my head up my ass when it comes to Urban. He had little or no problems at Miami, he had little or no problems at Utah and I see how he is dealing with it at OSU. Unlike you, I actually follow what happens to the players, what the facts of the case are, and what punishment, if any are dealt! Unlike you, I wait until the incident plays out to its final resolution and understand the dynamics of what is in play surrounding these issues. Unlike you, I don’t just wrap up every single incident into the same box and call it a day! So no, I am fully aware of what is going on with Urban, the program, and the players unlike you who obviously does not!

  11. handsofsweed says: Aug 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    Am I the only one who totally doesn’t recall Urban Meyer coaching at FSU and/or Miami??

  12. jgater1981 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:19 PM

    Dk, I’m no OSU fan, but that’s very well said. As an ND fan, reading comment on these boards is a forehead slapping affair. I’m convinced most of the people on these boards haven’t watched a game of football in their lives. Urban at FSU? Are these trolls even trying anymore?

  13. cbass59 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    Stop judging Urbanwhen you don’t even know what the kid did. He wasn’t arrested. He’s not in trouble with the NCAA (at least yet) so how can anyone comment that Urban just cares about wins?

    And please don’t compare Urban to the coward Les Miles. Only in Louisiana, is a sex offender given more probation for breaking probation and allowed to play football.

  14. cbass59 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    Btw, Urban was at Bowling Green, not Miami (Oh).

  15. dkhhuey says: Aug 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    @cbass – D’OH, my bad! Sadly, I throw those wrongly around all the time!!!

  16. crystalinadumass says: Aug 12, 2013 9:50 PM

    Meyer wants to win at all costs. He likes to talk about integrity and holding his players accountable, meanwhile he’s out recruiting thugs. There were over 30 arrests during his time at Florida. I don’t know why we’re surprised or why this is even news. Expect more legal issues from the buckeyes. New school, same Meyer.

  17. dkhhuey says: Aug 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Here is what kills me about all the Urban hate – everybody falls back on the easy line that his arrest record at UF was so out of control and 2010 being the worst of it. A quick check on the Googles renders facts that say he wasn’t even in the top 5 that year, but he is the ONLY person that gets attacked:

    1. Pittsburgh 22 16
    2. Iowa 18 6
    2. Arkansas 18 23
    4. Boise State 16 3
    4. Penn State 16 19
    6. Virginia Tech 13 10
    7. Wisconsin 9 11
    7. Oklahoma 9 12
    7. Florida State 9 25
    10. Miami 8 15
    11. Ohio State 7 2
    11. Florida 7 7

    Interesting that Muscamps arrest record for 2011 was completely out of control but that also gets lumped onto Urban. However, Urban doesn’t get the same consideration because any and all of Ron Zook’s recruited players arrested also get attributed to Urban.

  18. crystalinadumass says: Aug 13, 2013 3:11 PM

    Why do people love to hate on Urban Meyer? BC he likes to act like a saint and pretend his players are respectful kids with integrity. If he’d just own up to the fact that he wants to win at all costs and he may recruit shady players along the way, then I think we could accept that. Don’t pretend your players are angels and then have them landing on front pages of the news for criminal mischief. I get that college students party and get busted underage drinking, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Meyers kids are straight thugs. Their arrest history is far more serious including aggravated stalking, domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards. The guy had a murderer on his team and he couldn’t tell there was something a lil off with the guy? I call bullshit. He’s so hungry for his next win, he’ll do whatever it takes, including riding the backs of thugs to championships.

  19. normtide says: Aug 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    Sorry crystalin, but your a little overboard on your theory. Meyer can not be held responsible for every thing his ex players do. No more then a high school teacher is responsible for what their ex students do in life. He gives athletes an incredible opportunity. What they do with that opportunity is on the athlete. That’s the problem today, everyone gets blamed, except the people that actual commit the crimes. College coaches get young men at a crucial time in their lives. It’s about the time when you take the path that will define their lives. Coaches can, and should guide these kids, but the choices still belong to the kids. I believe in second chances, but I also believe in laying blame where it belongs. That’s the only way things get fixed, not through mendacity. And not from blaming coaches, just because he works for a rival team of yours. If anything, blame should be shared by their families, not a coach that’s in their lives for 3 to 5 years.

  20. crystalinadumass says: Aug 13, 2013 5:45 PM

    I agree 100% that the students are responsible for their own actions, however I feel Meyer is responsible for seeking out players with questionable morals and that lands on him. If he wants to recruit shady athletes then he should be prepared to accept the reputation that comes with it.

  21. normtide says: Aug 13, 2013 6:29 PM

    I see your point, but what are the parameters of thuggish behavior? Also, some players grow up in environments that promote bad behavior. Once removed from those influences, they thrive in the college life. I guess what I’m saying is, you don’t know if these young men will adjust to better influences, if that makes sense. Derrick Rose is a great example. He grew up in a place immersed in gang culture, but does he seem gangster now? Maybe I’m the eternal optimist. Some kids grow up having to fit into a bad lifestyle, I don’t think that should preclude them from at least a shot to get out of it. Yes, some won’t evolve. But if a few do, isn’t it worth it, if your truly worried about these kids? I don’t think any coach wants bad people, I do think they are willing to take a chance on border line athletes. That said, some will revert to their upbringing, but don’t let it close the door on those who secretly want a step up. Just my opinion, worth about what you are paying for it.

  22. skibuck714 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:04 PM

    I understand the angst of all of you Buckeye and Urban bashers out there…it’s easy to come up with mindless rhetoric about the coach and the team…because it’s easy to be jealous of a program like Ohio State…

    I’ll match graduation rates at OSU vs your school (based on some of the logic in these posts, perhaps your high school) anyday…and on the field…get your kids on the field and play OSU…

  23. crystalinadumass says: Aug 13, 2013 8:05 PM

    I believe people can change and they can definitely grow from surrounding themselves with positive influences. Unfortunately history has proven that Meyer’s roster is typically filled with kids committing crime rather than kids building each other up. But then again, Meyer holds bible study at his home for troubled players, so all is well right?

  24. crystalinadumass says: Aug 13, 2013 9:01 PM

    The bashing on osu and meyer doesn’t happen bc people are “jealous.” I don’t know too many people who would want their favorite team missing bowl games and being involved in scandals, etc. You’re aware that Bama is dominating in college football right? I’d love to see osu play Bama.

  25. dkhhuey says: Aug 13, 2013 11:20 PM

    You do realize that Alabama is one of the most penalized teams….

  26. crystalinadumass says: Aug 14, 2013 7:37 AM

    1. You want to call out teams to step on the field with osu, I’m simply stating that I’d love to see Bama do that for you.
    2. I’m not even a Bama fan, but to entertain you I went ahead and searched the most penalized football teams and yes, Bama makes the list, but to prove my point osu made the list as well.
    3. You seem like a typical osu fan, talking about your graduation ratings, other school’s being penalized, etc. Meyer has taught you all well, avoid topics that include scandals and student arrests. And how do you do this? By changing the topic altogether. Urban would be proud of you lil buckeye.

  27. thermanmerman99 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:41 AM

    skibuck714, for one, who in the hell is jealous of osu? jealous of what? osu has 1 title since the 1960’s and that was given to them by the refs against miami. so tell me again, who in the hell would be jealous of a school that has been on probation in both football and basketball within the last decade and hasn’t won a legitimate title since the 1960s? talk about a delusional fanbase. almost as annoying as these alabama blowhards

  28. normtide says: Aug 14, 2013 10:11 AM

    So who, besides your team, has won a legit title? If you lift the trophy, your the champs, end of story.

  29. crystalinadumass says: Aug 14, 2013 2:01 PM

    And if you won the championship with integrity then people will respect you as a team. If not, then expect criticism from the media and fans across the nation.

  30. dkhhuey says: Aug 15, 2013 8:32 AM

    therman – dude, seek help!!! You’re just too angry about OSU beating the U! Move on son… move on!!!

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