In case you missed all the hubbub surrounding Ohio State football player Evan Spencer this week, here’s your update. Evan Spencer was talking to the media and confidently and candidly stated that he thought his team would “wipe the field” with both Alabama and Florida State.
Then Urban Meyer spoke yesterday about how Spencer broke some kinds of sportsmanship code by speaking that way. During the Big Ten teleconference, Meyer said the following.
“I’m very disappointed, I can’t stand that. Our players are taught, and I know Evan well enough and I even talked to him briefly and he was kind of smiling the way he said it. But, no, I can’t stand it.”
“He’s certainly 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. It’s not good sportsmanship, and that’s not what we expect. … Talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on.”
Seemed like a bit of an overreaction to me, and I guess it seemed like one to Keith Olbermann as well. Here were his thoughts on the matter. (Skip to 2:40 unless you want to hear about Rob Gronkowski’s fried rice joke about an Asian person.)
The Buckeyes will look to “wipe the field” with Illinois on Saturday at noon.