Nov 16, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer during the third quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer ripped BCS when he was #1


Ohio State head coach  Urban Meyer for comments about his dislike for the BCS system as Ohio State sits at #3 in the latest rankings.  The criticism is basically that Meyer was not critical of the BCS when it was working for him and only now is he unhappy with the system because he is looking from the outside in; except it is not.

As dug up by Gregg Doyel of CBS, Meyer has been critical of the system in the past, in 2008 when he was head coach of the then #1 Florida Gators.  Found here at The Palm Beach Post, Meyer criticizes the idea that he would have an impact on the outcome of the BCS by voting for teams he has not really watched.  Meyer resented the idea that his vote could determine which team from a different conference (in this case, the Big XII) would go to a conference championship and by virtue of that, potentially go to the BCS championship.

“I have Dan McCarney on our staff, and we meet each week and we go through it, and we try to do the best job we can,” Meyer said. “But to have a voter in Oregon or Texas or San Diego or New York City make a decision on whether your team or not goes to the championship, boy, that’s tough duty.”

Meyer might be angry at the BCS given that the Buckeyes are a long shot to make the BCS Championship, but this is not a new stance for Meyer.  He did not like the system when he won two championships at Florida.  It remains to be seen if the critics of Meyer will back off of their criticisms or not (doubtful), but he has been a critic for the better part of  a decade; not just the last few days or weeks.

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