ESPN reported yesterday that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was “very disappointed” that Evan Spencer broke one of the Buckeyes’ rules about speaking in public, so it’ll be a while before anybody hears from the receiver again.
Spencer on Monday said the No. 3 Buckeyes would “wipe the field with both of them” — referring to No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State. Spencer later apologized on Twitter, stressing that he’s clearly biased.
Meyer made it clear he didn’t approve of the message and doesn’t want it happening again.
“I’m very disappointed, I can’t stand that,” Meyer said during the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday. “Our players are taught [not to do that], and I know Evan well enough and I even talked to him briefly and he was kind of smiling the way he said it. But, no, I can’t stand it.
“He’s certainly not the spokesman for our team. As a result, Evan won’t talk to the media for a long, long time. You don’t do that. It’s not good sportsmanship, and that’s not what we expect. … Talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on.”
Spencer seemed to be expressing confidence in his teammates and their chances of winning a national title during a media luncheon on the heels of a bye week, and he made it clear that he was obviously biased toward Ohio State.
But in the midst of a heated race in the BCS standings — and only a short time after Meyer revealed he had voted the Buckeyes No. 2 in the coaches poll behind only Alabama — Spencer’s comments didn’t go unnoticed by other contenders around the country.
“What he believes, what goes on inside the locker room doesn’t need to be in the papers and all that,” Meyer said. “I just don’t like disrespecting other teams.
“Every couple weeks I will remind them, but there’s a pretty clear rule around here: You always talk about your teammates, talk about your team and you always are respectful of the team you are getting ready to play or the team you just played and the players. That’s just the right thing to do.”
Spencer, who ranks third on the team with 21 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns, apologized on Twitter on Monday night and tried to clarify his comments.
“I did not mean to disrespect any [football] team today,” he posted. “I am confident in my team, and as is evident in the video, I was having fun with the media answering their questions.
“I should have chosen my words more wisely. There was no intent to disrespect any other team.”