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‘Disappointed’ Meyer on Spencer’s comments: ‘I can’t stand that’

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For those hoping to hear more postulating from Ohio State’s in-house Nostradumbass, you’ll be waiting for a while.

As you no doubt have heard by now, Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer made headlines and/or created a stir Monday when he very confidently stated his team would “wipe the field” with the top teams in the country if given the opportunity.  That didn’t sit well with fans of other schools — or, more importantly, Spencer’s head coach.

Speaking to the media Tuesday on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, an obviously-agitated Urban Meyer made it perfectly clear that he was not happy with his player’s comments, comments that he viewed as “disrespecting other teams.”  The head coach also made it perfectly clear that would be the last time Spencer gets the opportunity to share what might be locker-room talk with the masses.

“I’m very disappointed. I can’t stand that. … He certainly is not the spokesman for our team. As a result, Evan won’t talk to the media for a long, long time.

“You don’t do that. That’s not good sportsmanship and that’s not what we expect. I understand he’s a young man and made a minor mistake, but we just don’t do that. You talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on.”

Added Meyer, “[w]hat he believes and what goes on in the locker room certainly doesn’t need to be in the paper.”

To his credit, Spencer took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for the situation that his words created and for which he was chastised by his coach.

For the video to which Spencer referred, click HERE.

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29 Responses to “‘Disappointed’ Meyer on Spencer’s comments: ‘I can’t stand that’”
  1. jimmy53 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    If you’re that concerned Urban then ban your players from social media outlets like other teams (like FSU) do. Just a thought.

  2. bender4700 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    Kid is confident in his team’s ability = Urban is outraged.

    You know the other half.

  3. c1md6 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    FSU 38 OSU 10….BAMA 41 OSU 6….and that’s being generous.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:28 PM

    FSU would hang 50 on them and they’d hold them under 10. Bama would hang about 48 and hold them to about 10 or 13.

    But Meyer is BSing, because that same ingrate voted Ohio State #2 over Florida State.

  5. MasMacho says: Nov 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Get off the “bama / FSU would be OSU by 40… ” nobody cares what you think. Let us all hope that we’ll see it on the field so I don’t have to read it from the morons trolling this post.

    Urban is right. The comment was stupid.

  6. bucrightoff says: Nov 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Whether the Buckeyes get left out of the title game or sneak in and get destroyed, everybody wins either way.

  7. dcviking says: Nov 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    What’s worse having confidence in your team, or saying you are retiring to spend more time with your family and take care of your health, only to reappear another big time school a year (or whatever it was) later…

  8. buckeye1nation says: Nov 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    @jimmy–He didn’t make his comments on Social Media, he made them to traditional media. So ban would not have been effective in this case. He took the steps to ensure Spenser does not make additional comments to traditional media “for a long, long time” He did use twitter to epxress what he meant.

    And yes the comments were stupid, but the context in which they were initially reported on this site and by the blogger were far worse.

  9. dumbpollack says: Nov 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    wow, c1md6.
    since you are so sure about how games will/would turn out, could you share with us a few for the weekend? id like to call “my guy” and put some money down on them.

  10. thraiderskin says: Nov 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    Interesting… Mr wright is trolling again… what a shocker. Since OSU is so terrible, why comment? Taking care of your trolling quota?

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    dcviking says: Nov 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    What’s worse having confidence in your team, or saying you are retiring to spend more time with your family and take care of your health, only to reappear another big time school a year (or whatever it was) later…
    _____________________

    BINGO!

  12. inconsonance says: Nov 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    It seems that young Mr. Spencer cannot differentiate between confidence and hubris.

  13. gquesen says: Nov 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Mr. Wright, you once said all people ever do on this sight is trash opinions they don’t like. Turns out, that statement essentially defines how you conduct yourself on these boards. Congrats! Your team will likely go to the Chip. But seriously, stop being an FSU troll. We know they are good. It’s not like the ACC is any Better than the big 10. Stop acting like your opinion is the only one that counts.

  14. Deb says: Nov 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    In the video, he comes across as a nice soft-spoken kid–not a braggart. He only referenced Alabama and didn’t even name FSU. It’s all been overblown.

    But Meyer is right. Players can’t respond to reporter questions about other teams by saying “I think we could wipe the field with them”–even if they add “but that’s my bias talking.” People always take those comments out of context and turn them into headlines and bulletin-board material.

    I feel bad for Spencer after watching the tape but he’s provided a teachable moment for a lot of coaches.

  15. grudenthediva says: Nov 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    Nothing that Urban hasn’t or won’t say himself. An Urban Meyer concerned with humility and sportsmanship is on par with unicorns, the Yeti, and other beasts of fantasy.

  16. pfitz2 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    “As you no doubt have heard by now, Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer made headlines and/or created a stir Monday when he very confidently stated his team would “wipe the field” with the top teams in the country if given the opportunity. ”
    ____________________________________
    When are you going to accurately quote Spencer? He did not say it “very confidently” From the accounts from people who were actually in the room he was laughing when he said it and claimed it was his “bias”
    Give the kid a break even if his HC is over-reacting.

  17. mkoogs says: Nov 12, 2013 5:44 PM

    Do you trolls just wait for an article that references Urban Meyer so you can unleash your pent up denials that a person could leave a university, take a breath of fresh air and take advantage of an opportunity to coach the home state school that simply fell into his lap? Give it a rest.

  18. pfitz2 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:49 PM

    mkoogs

    The school he received his Masters from and was a grad asst. under Coach Bruce. AND the school he said his wife would have no veto power over if he was ever asked to be the HC. Shelly Meyer said as soon as she heard Tressel was gone she knew they were moving to Cols. I swear the first time I ever saw him smile was at his press conference when he was announced as HC

  19. bucrightoff says: Nov 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    mkoogs says:
    Nov 12, 2013 5:44 PM
    Do you trolls just wait for an article that references Urban Meyer so you can unleash your pent up denials that a person could leave a university, take a breath of fresh air and take advantage of an opportunity to coach the home state school that simply fell into his lap? Give it a rest.
    ___________________________________

    No doubt you’ll be 100% fine when Urban bolts OSU for his next “retirement” or “heart attack” or “Can’t beat Saban-itis” or whatever.

  20. scbaby2013 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    This is why I can’t wait for the playoff system to begin…just wish it was at least the top 8 teams instead of just top 4 teams

  21. pfitz2 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    No doubt you’ll be 100% fine when Urban bolts OSU for his next “retirement” or “heart attack” or “Can’t beat Saban-itis” or whatever.
    ___________________

    People don’t usually bolt from the job they always wanted.

  22. jimmy53 says: Nov 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    buckeye1nation:

    I stand corrected…thanks!

  23. dkhhuey says: Nov 12, 2013 6:52 PM

    @Mas – I couldn’t have said it any better!

  24. louhudson23 says: Nov 13, 2013 2:46 AM

    1.Alabama
    2.Next Hopeful Dreamer/Media Darling
    3.Etc.
    4.Etc………..

  25. tommy57 says: Nov 13, 2013 6:33 AM

    If Deb replaces the word “people” in her post with “the media and drunk guys in a bar looking to pick a fight” then I agree with her.

    As a PSU enthusiast, I found it interesting when the OSU coach dediced that good ‘sportsmanship’ required him to challenge the ball spot on a 4th down try in the 4th quarter and ahead 56-7. Still, he’s the coach and it’s his choice.

    I’m a fan, and my choice is to support PSU and whomever is playing OSU each week.

  26. pfitz2 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:26 AM

    tommy57

    Challenging a spot that was nearly a yard short has nothing to do with sportsmanship. It was a bad call and Meyer should have called the refs on it. The D had successfully stopped PSU and deserved to get off the field. That’s being a good coach. Good sportsmanship is pulling your starters in the 3rd and running the ball the rest of the game.

  27. bamajs says: Nov 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    Thanks Coach Meyer, you are a class act!

  28. Deb says: Nov 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    @tommy57 …

    But it’s not just the media and drunk guys looking to pick a fight :) Bill Belichick is notorious for pulling some obscure comment by an opposing player, blowing it out of proportion, and plastering it on the Pats bulletin board to rev up the team before games. I suspect that’s one reason he’s so strict about not allowing his own players to comment on opponents. Like Urban, Belichick knows how easily a smart coach can twist an innocuous comment into “fighting words.” Anything that gives the other team even a slight motivational edge is better left unsaid.

  29. jdillydawg says: Nov 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    Let’s just ban the media from asking athletes questions. We’ve all figured out that athletes aren’t exactly the most PC group, so save them the misery, ban locker room interviews and pre and post game interviews/press conferences, and leave all commenting to the commentators who are wonderfully scripted and can read a teleprompter like no other.

    Really people? He cracks a joke and suddenly the entire NCAA is has their panties in a bunch, his coach is outraged, and we all call him an idiot?

    Who are the real idiots here? Him, or the 99% of people out there who can’t take a joke.

    As for Meyer, I was giving them the benefit of the doubt being ranked above Baylor, but now I know Baylor would wipe any field with OSU. How OSU thinks they can compete with anyone while wearing those silly skirts is beyond me…

    Now go hug and make up, fellas. I better see ya’ll in church on Sunday.

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