When Urban Meyer arrived at Ohio State last November, the new boss laid out what he called his core values. "Honesty, respect, No. 1,” Meyer said. “Treat everyone with respect. No. 2, no drugs, no stealing, no weapons." But at least one observer suggests he is going about it all wrong.
Notre Dame radio analyst Allen Pinkett was not amused when Irish coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday his team needed "more accountable citizens." Kelly recently suspended starting running back Cierre Wood and backup defensive end Justin Utopo two games each for violating team rules.
"I've always felt like to have a successful team you've got to have a few bad citizens on the team," Pinkett said today on WSCR 670 in Chicago. "That's how Ohio State used to win all the time. They would have two or three guys that were criminals and that just adds to the chemistry of the team. I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension which creates edge on the football team.
"You can't have a football team full of choirboys. You get your butt kicked if you've got a team full of choirboys so you've got to have a little bit of edge. But the coach has to be the dictator and the ultimate ruler. Here's my opinion: You don't hand out suspensions unless you know you've got somebody behind that guy that can make plays."
To be fair, the former Irish All-American said not all felons would contribute to team chemistry. "I don't want any mass murderers or rapists," Pinkett said.
You have to respect the honesty, but wow. Keep an eye on the "help wanted" ads.
WILLIAMS READY: Defensive end Nathan Williams went through his second straight practice today and appears set to play a limited role Saturday in the Buckeyes' season opener against Miami (Ohio). Williams, who has 11 career sacks, underwent microfracture surgery last fall.
"I’d like to get him on the field," Meyer said tonight.