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SBD/February 1, 2011/Media
Urban Meyer Formally Joins ESPN As College Football Game, Studio Analyst
Published February 1, 2011
NICE ADDITION: YAHOO SPORTS' Matt Hinton wrote if Meyer's "postseason auditions during the Las Vegas Bowl and BCS Championship Game are any indication," he will "do just fine on camera, and may even be the one person on the network not named 'Ron Jaworski' allowed to talk X's and O's in a way that doesn't amount to an especially fancy highlight package." Still, Meyer is an "oddity in the Land of Talking Heads, where former coaches are almost universally fired or retired in the conventional sense -- that is, well past their prime" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/31).
A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES: FANHOUSE.com's Milton Kent noted Meyer "doesn't want to criticize anyone" in the role. He also "doesn't want to formally cut his ties to Florida," as he "apparently wants to continue assisting the school in raising funds, even while he may be called on to comment on the team and school's doings." Kent: "The terms that were laid out would hardly pass the smell test in any journalism ethics course. ... And doggone it if it's all OK with ESPN." Allowing a coach who "just stepped off the sidelines to maintain any ties with a school, much less the school he just left, raises serious questions about his objectivity and impugns the integrity of the outlet for whom he works" (FANHOUSE.com, 1/31).