This young season has already featured three instances of college football players dropping the football before crossing the goal-line. The perplexing premature celebration is becoming an epidemic.
Only a brilliant coach could come up with a plan to stop this disease from infecting his team. Luckily for Ohio State, they have one of the very best in Urban Meyer who has a rule in place to prevent such silliness.
“Yeah, here’s the rule — and we do have rules [for scoring],” [quarterback J.T.] Barrett said with a laugh after practice on Wednesday. “When you score, you hand the ball to an official and you go hug a big guy. That’s the rule. If anybody got away from that and dropped the ball before they crossed the end zone and the other team recovered it, I could only imagine what that day would be like for that man — or the rest of the year — with Coach [Urban] Meyer. I just couldn’t tell you how awful that might be.
“I gave you the rules, but as for the consequences, God, I don’t know. … That’s a rough day at the office.”
Why don’t more coaches tell their players to do this? Clearly Meyer is, as always, ahead of the curve. It’s this dogged attention to detail that sets him apart from the rest of the profession.
The little things matter, folks.