Posted November 12, 2013

Urban Meyer: Ohio State receiver Evan Spencer won’t talk to media for a ‘long time’

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Evan Spencer (6) joked that Ohio State would ‘wipe the field’ with other top teams.  (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

On Monday, Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer joked that the Buckeyes would “wipe the field” with the nation’s other top teams. On Tuesday, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer announced that the junior will not speak with the media for a “long, long time.”

Spencer backtracked and explained his comments through a series of tweets on Monday evening, saying he was “having fun” and “did not mean to disrespect any FB team.” However, many local and national media outlets had already picked up the remarks by then.

Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“I’m very disappointed. I can’t stand that,” Meyer said Tuesday on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. … “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.”

The video of Spencer’s comments is below:

Ohio State clearly wants to make its case as one of the nation’s top-two teams, as the Buckeyes currently sit behind Alabama and Florida State in the BCS standings. But this probably wasn’t the best way to do it, even if Spencer’s original comments were intended to be a joke. That’s the danger of repeatedly being asked the same question and giving a party-line answer; eventually, someone is going to respond with something other than coachspeak.

It’s not like this is the first time a gag order has been placed on a college athlete. Remember, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel didn’t speak with the media for the vast majority of his redshirt freshman season. (Many coaches have policies that prohibit freshmen from speaking to reporters.) Still, Meyer’s comments following Spencer’s remarks are particularly strongly worded.

Hey, at least now Alabama can add another paper tiger to its laundry list of perceived slights over the course of the 2013 season. I shudder to think what would have happened had Spencer said the Buckeyes would have wiped the field with the “red team.”

18 comments
Steve22
Steve22

carnage, you're crazy.  No team will blow out OSU.  I think they are very close to bama and FSU.  I would still put them ahead of OSU based on slightly better on field play, but anyone who knows anything about football can see the lvl of talent on OSU is about as good as it gets this year.  And peaking.  


And embarrassed again?  Last big game we beat Arkansas, before that Oregon.  The Florida game was bad but against LSU, we were not deserving of a title shot, but everyone in front of us lost so we backed in.  Please don't lie and say ur a Buckeye fan. 

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

As an Ohio State fan, I think all the top teams would wipe the field with Ohio State. They're secondary would not be able to stop anybody. I hope they don't make it to the NC game because if they do I think they'll be embarrassed AGAIN. Maybe next year.

DocZom
DocZom

I am sure these remarks will psych up the Tide for their big game this Saturday against Chattanooga.

LarryClare
LarryClare

You make me sick Urban. It's all good when you contact players that that have agreed verbally. Why exactly did you leave your last team Urban??? Don't  let them hookers hear ya talkin' like that Evan,,, Lord knows who might be listening!!!

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

eh, they already will probably wipe the field with the blue team.

PolarisSilvertree
PolarisSilvertree

Sorry, but outside of it being a rookie mistake to stoke up your opponents (should they play you), I really don't find his comments to be disrespectful to FSU or Bama.... I mean, if he's for real -- he better believe that if he wants a chance at winning.  This was just blown out of proportion by the media (as usual).  Seems like a nice kid!

trobbins88
trobbins88

Save the trash talk for the NFL (if you make it that far)...grow up.

anoynamouse
anoynamouse

I heard the whole interview..he was hardly being "that guy". He joked laughed and when asked such a question, what else are you supposed to say? He didn't say it on his own...he was very much asked...and responded like any young turk would. People get over yourselves on the hate...young guys having fun and talking humored smack! Listen to the whole interview in context. 

Chris10
Chris10

Apparentlyt he only moronic jerk at Ohio State who's allowed to talk to the media is Meyer

jarrick
jarrick

I don't see the problem here. He admitted that he was bias and then again that he had a team bias. I wasn't aware that confidence and team bias and a strategic mind were a bad quality in a player. Who cares if he pisses off other teams as long as he shows up. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

While he didn't sound particularly arrogant, like a LOT of players have, it was, at best, misguided. Alabama or FSU, if OSU ends up playing them, will have that sentence playing in a continuous loop before every practice and the game. 

stagger
stagger

Why is Meyer disappointed? The kid's confident in himself and his team. If you're afraid of giving other teams "whiteboard material" then you lack confidence in your team. 

Steve22
Steve22

@carnage_2012 IF you truly are an OSU fan.  I officially revoke your fan card.  Just rip it up and burn it

donald5
donald5

@stagger You can be confident without insulting your prospective opponents.  

Saying that you would be able to "wipe the floor" with another team is not respectful.  I don't expect you to understand that but that is the point Meyer was trying to make.

JeffOH12
JeffOH12

@donald5 @stagger Yes folks he is here again! Oh donald5 I think I was right. Coming on these boards is all you have. You can't step away for a day. How sad!