Mary Jo White will handle Urban Meyer investigation

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As the powers-that-be at the Ohio State University attempt to figure out the future of football coach Urban Meyer, the school has hired an outside counsel to handle the investigation.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Mary Jo White will serve as the investigator. The name will ring plenty of bells for football fans, and not simply because she handled the recent investigation regarding the alleged workplace misconduct of former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.

Six years ago, the league hired White to provide a kind of/sort of independent review of the evidence in the Bountygate scandal. And she called the evidence of guilt “overwhelming,” thanks in part to a gross mischaracterization of one key piece of it.

White insisted that audio from NFL Films proved that Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said to teammate Bobby McCray “give me my money” after Hargrove delivered a hit that appeared to injure the leg of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre during the 2009 NFC title game. But close inspection of the video and audio showed that it was inconclusive at best that Hargrove had actually said those words.

White’s insistence that Hargrove said “give me my money” came from her assertion that “you can see his lips moving.” But the video simply did not support that claim.

What relevance does this have to Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer? It suggests, in my opinion, that White is susceptible to giving the entity that hired her to do a job the outcome that the entity that hired her wants. Plenty of lawyers yield to that temptation, because clients typically prefer to hire (and to re-hire) lawyers who can get the clients whatever the clients want. White, in my opinion, gave the NFL what it wanted in the Bounty case. Ted Wells, in my opinion, gave the NFL what it wanted in #Deflategate.

That’s how some lawyers emerge as the go-to candidates to be hired to handle investigations like this. The executives of a given business have a way of finding out who will play the game, and who won’t. And those who will play the game tend to be the ones who are more likely to get the gig.

So what do the persons who hired White want the bottom line of the Urban Meyer investigation to be? Once the answer to that question is known, it will become a lot easier to predict whether Meyer stays or goes.

27 responses to “Mary Jo White will handle Urban Meyer investigation

  1. 1. Fire him.

    2. Another college will instantly hire him.

    3. Everyone happy now?

    Or should he suffer a lifetime ban?
    Better yet, never be allowed to work again.

  2. Michigan fans are salivating because they think if Meyer gets fired they might actually have a chance to beat OSU for the first time in a decade. Unfortunately for them he’ll probably only get suspended for a few games and even if he does get fired they still stand no chance. They’ve already forgotten how they lost five (5) games last year

  3. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    People like her seem to always have a chip on their shoulder because no one has ever sexually harassed them.
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    And all you people out there think I’m the most deplorable person for my comments and jokes and so forth on any and all threads. It would seem to me we have a new leader in the club house in regard to that now. WOW

  4. I don’t think spartanlegend has any room to criticize another university’s sports program. MSU has a load of their own problems. As a UM fan, I believe that Meyer will be railroaded as they look for a big name to take the fall.

  5. I predict Meyer will be head coach in Ann Arbor next year. Hands down best college recruiter out there.

  6. arclight1972 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:27 am
    1. Fire him.

    2. Another college will instantly hire him.

    3. Everyone happy now?

    Or should he suffer a lifetime ban?
    Better yet, never be allowed to work again.

    I don’t think you know what the term “right to work” means.

    Wanna here him? Sure. Go ahead. Be ready for the backlash, ridicule, and hatred coming your way. But I guess covering up something as insignificant as domestic violence isn’t that bad when you’re winning huh?

  7. thirdand43 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:49 am
    Uh oh. Mary Jo White. I’d say it’s about an 85% probability that Urban Meyer is done at tOSU.
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    It would <1% if he was somehow affiliated with the Giants.

  8. Wanna here him? Sure. Go ahead. Be ready for the backlash, ridicule, and hatred coming your way. But I guess covering up something as insignificant as domestic violence isn’t that bad when you’re winning huh?
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    Wait a minute. If this all started back in 2009 Urban Meyer was working for Florida. So Ohio State did hire him. But Ohio State needed to make a big splash. And they did make a big splash and somehow Ohio State isn’t getting wet? From afar that seems strange.

  9. spartanlegend says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:45 am
    Michigan fans are salivating because they think if Meyer gets fired they might actually have a chance to beat OSU for the first time in a decade. Unfortunately for them he’ll probably only get suspended for a few games and even if he does get fired they still stand no chance. They’ve already forgotten how they lost five (5) games last year

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    Gotta love MSU and OSU fans. They ONLY want to talk football 24/7/365, the U stands for University in case you didn’t know, meaning there’s more to it (bragging rights included) than football! Wanna y’all academic reputation? How about National scandals ? Hell, how about recent basketball success?? Didn’t think so. I understand why you guys want to only talk football, but as a SCHOOL, you guys aren’t even in the same stratosphere as Michigan, MSU student body is made up of 65% of the students that couldn’t get into Michigan.

  10. The University would like this to go away. The NCAA will NO DOUBT drop the hammer. In the end, Urban Meyer loses…the University loses…and the OSU Fans lose. All because of a Turd “No Name” Coach…that lied and said he would get his shidddd together and change his ways.

  11. Ted Wells, in my opinion, gave the NFL what it wanted in #Deflategate.
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    Its funny that we haven’t heard boo from Wells since Deflategate. Even the NFL wants to distance themselves from that scumbag. I know his every move was at the NFL’s direction, but Wells is gutless and should be embarrassed by his report and subsequent conference call with reporters where he was being coached on answers to give.

  12. She was one of four members of the advisory panel investigating Ezekiel Elliot. They claimed they found evidence (never publicly produced) that he engaged in physical violence with the accuser. They never once specifically mentioned that she admitted in her text messages that she got hurt in a bar fight.

  13. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted
    Aug 7, 2018, 11:35 AM EDT
    People like her seem to always have a chip on their shoulder because no one has ever sexually harassed them.
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    Just another classy deplorable.

  14. linji45thgen says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    Um…why would Ohio State WANT to fire Meyer?

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    Because he threw the people above him under the bus. He should have said nothing. Let it all die down (although that’s hard in this day and age) and then sort it out.

    He lies, admits he lies, then throws the Admin under the bus. Pretty easy to see they want him gone. Someone will be gone, one way or another.

    OSU football will survive, one way or another.

  15. I’m no lawyer, but apparently including the words “in my opinion” shields one from libel. How else to explain Florio’s defamatory attack on not one, but two attorneys who have done work for the NFL? Is it because of his well-known dislike of the owners, and blind support of the players at every possible turn? Or is it because he wasn’t hired by the league for the positions that these two were? Pretty ballsy to question the professional ethics of White and Wells, accusing them of being the tank for the league. Good thing he included “in my opinion” so they can’t sue him back to Jerkwater, Pa.

  16. Penn state fans and school are watching closely. No ESPN this time running the story 24 hour a day.

  17. Where are all the Deep State conspiracy folks in the comments? QAnon? Mueller being chosen specifically for a determined outcome? Of course it’s possible OSU believes White will do a fair and complete investigation–or maybe I’m naive.

  18. One has to only review the swathe of crimes, rapes, assaults, theft, etc that Urban left in his wake at Florida with his win at all costs mentality. He’s lost all benefit of the doubt after what he did at Florida and all the extremely low character players under him.

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