Urban Meyer: Ohio State and Lessons Learned from Michigan State, Penn State, etc.

Urban Meyer, which sounds a bit like a furniture and appliance store, is Ohio State’s head football coach. Mr. Meyer has been suspended pending a 14-day investigation into what Mr. Meyer knew about the domestic abuse incidents by a former assistant coach some years back. The abuse was an ongoing problem.

Mr. Meyer began his career Illinois State, trotted through Colorado State and then on to Notre Dame. The young man went to Utah and put them on the sports maps, and then on to Florida where he gathered 3 national championships, an amazing record, and more NFL drafts than one can shake a stick at. Mr. Meyer is a coach’s coach, and finally grabbed the head coach position at Ohio State. He was suspended when the university decided it needed to investigate Mr. Meyer’s actions and/or inactions.

Mr. Meyer said he did all that he was supposed to do when informed about the domestic abuse. The Barometer does not know what “doing all that you were supposed to do” means, but has heard it before, from Joe Paterno, and throughout the Michigan State responses to the Nassar molestation of young gymnasts. Penn State and Michigan State lost their presidents over their failures to take swift and definitive action upon gaining knowledge of abuse. Ohio State’s president has been meeting with the trustees and a decision is expected by Sunday.

There are some patterns here — the question always boils down to the power of sports on campuses and who can throw whom under the bus first. How about just dealing with these issues when they first emerge? Hard though they may be to believe, one can never assume nor protect. “Doing all that you were supposed to do” is a duty on a higher level than just being a bystander.

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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.
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