Former Heisman Trophy-winning Ohio State star Eddie George says Urban Meyer’s program looks dysfunctional as it should be putting together a run at the Big Ten title.
“There’s something going on there that we the public don’t know,” George said Tuesday on SiriusXM. “I feel like, my personal opinion, there’s a level of dysfunction there within the walls of Ohio State. Whether it’s with the coach, the administration, the coaching staff … something is not right.”
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George hasn’t held back in his criticism this year of his alma mater, mostly stemming from its handling of the controversy over former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith’s alleged history of domestic violence.
Now, however, his criticism is focused on the field since Meyer’s suspension over the Smith situation ended.
“I wanted to them to come out and perform extremely well coming off the bye week and the horrific loss against Purdue, but I thought coming off the bye week and playing the way they did in West Lafayette, I thought they would come out with their hair on fire and something to prove,” George said of a too-close-for-comfort win over Nebraska last Saturday.
Though Ohio State is 8-1, it is 10th in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings. The bright side: No. 4 Michigan and a potential Big Ten Championship lie ahead on the schedule, though the Buckeyes first must get past ranked Michigan State and Maryland, no sure thing considering their recent lackluster play against Purdue and lowly Nebraska.
“They weren’t dialed in mentally,” George said of a 35-31 win over the Cornhuskers. “I couldn’t put my finger on it. It tells me something isn’t quite right there, especially when you’re jumping into November football. This is when you make your claim, you know, ‘hey, we’re going to be one of the four teams in the Playoff.’ I definitely think Ohio State has regressed a lot since the beginning of the year.”
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Yet, asked if he thinks this year’s Ohio State team is good enough to win a national championship, George relented.
“Once you get into the Playoff,” he said, “anything can happen.”
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