Urban Meyer has taken school spirit to a whole new level, as he apparently made two visiting NFL scouts wearing blue change their shirts earlier this month.
Meyer has a strict rule about not wearing blue on campus because it’s one of the colors of enemy Michigan. Apparently scouts, media, etc. are no exception.
While I commend Meyer on trying to promote school spirit as much as possible, as spirit is one of the things that make Ohio State so great, it seems like this may have gotten just a little bit out of hand.
Reports say that Buckeye players were actually yelling at scouts to change, and it’s great that they’ve embraced Meyer’s rules, but Meyer may be setting a bad example hear. To have your players yelling at their potential employers, especially over something that, when looking at the big picture, really doesn’t matter all that much, probably wasn’t the wisest choice on Meyer’s part.
I don’t want to blow this story up as ESPN has, but to be fair, it sounds like the scouts received no notice that the rule would be enforced, and the dreaded blue shirts could’ve been shirts with their teams’ respective colors on them. What if the scouts were from the Giants, Seahawks, Titans, Texans, or some other team with blue in their color schemes? It doesn’t sound like any of the scouts were actually wearing Michigan shirts.
And the incident apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of the scouts. “It’s just not something that needed to happen,” one scout said. “It could have been handled much better, and if that (blue shirt) rule is going to be enforced, they could let us know.”
Once again, I fully back Meyer in trying to promote school spirit, and I hate Michigan as much as the next guy. But this sounds like it may have been taken just a little bit too far.