Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t interested in reforming college sports after recent developments related to the FBI’s investigation of college basketball. Instead, he wants to see a larger crackdown on coaches who cheat.
On Wednesday, ESPNU Radio released audio of Meyer speaking about cheating in college sports and his perspective on the FBI’s college basketball probe. Meyer gave a stern message about how he would eliminate cheating. He said coaches who “knowingly and willfully” break the rules shouldn’t be allowed to coach again.
“I have a very strong opinion about the FBI and people that cheat,” Meyer said in the radio appearance. “You don’t need to change the rules. You just need to enforce them. And I really believe that people who break rules knowingly and willfully … should never be able to coach again. It’s no different than a player. If a player lies to the NCAA, the player’s not allowed to play. So what’s the difference between a 50-year-old gray-haired guy and a young kid?”
That’s a fair opinion, and it would be good for college sports to see career-ending punishment happen for coaches who break the rules. Still, here’s guessing a wide-sweeping change in this area won’t happen soon.
After all, so much money is at stake for college coaches, particularly in football and men’s basketball. Even former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is hoping to gain another position after the Cardinals were caught up in the FBI’s investigation.
Click below to listen to the complete interview featuring Meyer:
— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) April 11, 2018