Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Was God Urban Meyer’s Inspiration in Running Up The Score?

January 14, 2015 by Leave a Comment


“Is there a bigger hypocrite in college sports than Urban Meyer?” – Mike Ozanian, Forbes
So asks Forbes’ Mike Ozanian the day after the inaugural College Football National Title Game.
Leading 35 to 20 with 1:43 left in the game, Ohio State was set to go for it on fourth and one from inside the Oregon five yard line. Before the snap, two Oregon offensive linemen jumped offsides, giving the Buckeyes a first down and the ballgame. Tradition says you line up in victory formation, take a knee, shake hands, and celebrate. Instead, Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes kept running plays, scoring again with 28 seconds left. “I didn’t even think about taking a knee… we play to win,” Meyer said. (ESPN)

The move has some people asking questions. The Washington Post‘s Des Bieler asked, “Should Ohio State Have Taken a Knee at the End of the Title Game?” Oregon Sportswriter, Tim Brown asked, “Did the Buckeyes need to score, or was the call meant to be an insult to the Oregon Ducks? Were Meyer and his players putting a final exclamation point on a big win, or were they simply running up the score and trying to embarrass an Oregon team that everyone thought would cruise to a title victory?”

Ozanian’s question on was more pointed: “Was God Urban Meyer’s Inspiration For Running Up The Score Against Oregon?” Like it or not, Ozanian gets to bring God into the conversation because Urban Meyer brought God into the conversation. Meyer, like many athletes and coaches, has been outspoken about his Christian faith. Ozanian also mentions Urban’s involvement with the Christian leadership book, Lead… For God’s Sake, which Urban Meyer called one of the most powerful books he’s ever read, eventually penning the foreword for the paperback release.
Was it right? Was it wrong? Was it God? These are the wrong questions.

Running up the score has cultural meaning–it makes a statement. 

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