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Urban Meyer extends his blue-shirt aversion to scouts


The first year that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spent in Columbus included scattered tales of his disdain for anyone wearing a blue shirt to practice.

Not because he once had a family member morph into a human blueberry while touring a chocolate factory, but because blue is the color of the rival that folks in Ohio hate so much we’re starting to think they secretly love.

In his second year, Meyer has expanded his contempt for blue shirts to include anyone and everyone at practice — including NFL scouts.  A league source tells PFT that Meyer has been instructing scouts wearing blue shirts to change into something else (apparently, extra red shirts are available) before viewing practice.

It happened last year to Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated and a search with the terms “Urban Meyer blue shirt” on Twitter yields several other mentions of the dynamic from last year.  But NFL scouts, as far as we know, previously had been exempt.

The reaction from NFL scouts is, as one might imagine, not great.  With some already thinking Meyer has grown a tad too big for his britches, the notion of enforcing an anti-blue dress code on men who aren’t attending practice as fans but as employees trying to do their jobs won’t win him many friends at the next level, beyond the friend in Foxboro whose team wears blue all the time.

Then again, maybe Meyer isn’t banning blue as a slap at Michigan.  Maybe the somewhat lighter shade of the color worn by a certain SEC team with which Meyer is familiar now causes A Clockwork Orange-style response for the Buckeyes coach, given the misadventures of so many of the guys who played for him there.

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24 Responses to “Urban Meyer extends his blue-shirt aversion to scouts”
  1. brianincbus says: Aug 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    Good for Urb! Screw the blue!

  2. baily67 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    If I were a scout, I’d wear blue on purpose.

  3. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:31 PM

    What does this has to do with pro football?

  4. joshuavkidd says: Aug 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    I seem to recall Brady Hoke saying the exact same thing in reference to the color red except in Brady’s case it happens to be true. Urb on the other hand wore blue basically every weekend down at Florida.

  5. nunezmc says: Aug 9, 2013 4:33 PM

    Well there goes 14 NFL teams…

  6. dfields4 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM

    Urban Meyer is weird. Straight up weird.

  7. thermanmerman99 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    is urban meyer really pee wee herman? he looks just like him seriously

  8. theravishingrachelnichols says: Aug 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    Uh, this is just part of the ‘rah rah’ college deal. I seem remember another OSU coach that refused to refer to “that team up north” by name. Big deal, these scouts need to chill out and pack a red shirt before heading to Columbus.

  9. akuma9000 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:45 PM

    It seems ‘ol “Urb” hasn’t changed much. He was an arrogant ass while a coach at Florida as well.

  10. dapell says: Aug 9, 2013 4:46 PM

    Probably trying to keep the police away…

  11. chc36 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:49 PM

    The strategy for scouts now is to wear blue on purpose and when Urban says anything say fine guess we won’t be drafting your players, causing players to turn against him eventually leading to a poor onfield showing resulting in the scouts getting better players from Ohio later in the draft

  12. quizguy66 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    “Well I know the Giants are interested in drafting you first overall, but they wear blue, so I’d refuse to play for them if I were you.”



  13. canehouse says: Aug 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    that’s ridiculous… what a loon.

  14. koolaidsgonebad says: Aug 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Here is a thought. Instead of worrying about what everyone watching practice is wearing….maybe worry a bit more about your players and their character. Be known as a man that builds boys and young men into strong and capable men.

  15. jfaoyx says: Aug 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    Haters gun Hate… Best coach in college football… Nobody, I mean nobody, compares, not even the “God” Nick Saban…

    What did Saban do in Michigan State for 7 years? Nothing.

    Urban is undefeated everywhere he goes.. BGSU, Utah, Florida, OSU….

    Haters gun Hate

  16. yaryers says: Aug 9, 2013 4:58 PM


    The ban pertains to NFL Scouts.


    …and Brady Hoke wore red every day at SDSU. Your point?

    “Meyer has grown a tad too big for his britches”


  17. ronrivers says: Aug 9, 2013 5:10 PM

    So scouts are banned from wearing their teams’ own apparel?

    NFL teams with blue as a dominant color:

    Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Texans, Colts, Titans, Chargers, Cowboys, Giants, Lions, Panthers, Seahawks, Rams.

    Am I missing any?

  18. joshuavkidd says: Aug 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    @yaryers – Hoke wore black shirts for all his SDSU games, look it up. If your gonna call people out, might wanna do some research first.

  19. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Whats the point, Urb?

  20. vader7176 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:51 PM

    Can you say “meglimania”?

  21. nickmiller63 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:12 PM


    Wow, that was fun.

    Now YOU say, megalomania!

  22. godofwine330 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    since Meyer has no NFL aspirations it doesn’t matter. every NFL team has a white shirt they don’t have to wear blue. it’s his rule and that’s that. as in Ohio native and a Buckeye fan I totally agree. Michigan sucks and I don’t want their colors in my house

  23. abninf says: Aug 9, 2013 8:39 PM

    jfaoyx says:

    Haters gun Hate

    What does that mean??

  24. raiderapologist says: Aug 9, 2013 10:15 PM

    You can’t spell tool without Urb.

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