EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college football coaches of this generation, is suddenly under fire at Ohio State, where he's been accused of ignoring and covering up allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. He's been placed on paid leave, while the university investigates his behavior.
Meanwhile, his reputation among his former players remains strong.
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins became the latest to express that loyalty on Friday, when he hailed Meyer as "a great coach" and "nice guy" despite the allegations against him.
"All is know is Coach Meyer is a great coach," Jenkins said after Giants practice. "I don't know what's going on over there, but when I played under him he was a great guy."
Jenkins played under Meyer at Florida from 2008 to 2010, even starting at cornerback as a true freshman in 2008 -- a season when the Gators won a national championship. Jenkins' time at Florida didn't end well. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in 2011 and was kicked off the team. He ended up finishing his college career at the University of North Alabama before entering the NFL draft in 2012.
That didn't sour his opinion of Meyer, though. Nor did he seem bothered by fact that Meyer oversaw a Florida program that was tainted by more than 30 player arrests in his six seasons, and included troubled tight Aaron Hernandez - a future double-murderer - who was a suspect in a 2007 shooting at Gainesville and was accused of punching a bouncer in a club that same year, but remained on Meyer's team.
The latest issue Meyer is facing is a report that he knew that Zach Smith, an assistant who was recently fired, was allegedly abusing his back in 2015. It's what Giants cornerback Eli Apple, one of Meyer's former Buckeyes, called "a crazy, unfortunate situation."
Apple admitted "I don't know" if Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations and did nothing. Jenkins conceded that too.
"I mean I just don't know," Jenkins said. "I don't see him doing it, but at the end of the day I don't know. All I know is that he was a good coach to me and I liked to play under him."
And in the end, to Jenkins, that's what mattered the most.
"I can't control that he's under (fire)," Jenkins said. "I know to me he was a nice guy. It's all that matters to me."