There's an interesting anecdote regarding Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer included in one of the many tributes to late SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who died this week at the age of 77.
Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com relays that once, when he was dining with Slive, Slive received a phone call from Columbus, Ohio. Despite not knowing who it was, he answered.
On the other end of the line was Urban Meyer, fairly fresh off winning the first ever College Football Playoff championship. He wanted to apologize for the way he left Florida, and thus the SEC.
Writes Scarbinsky, "Best of all, the call wasn't motivated by sympathy. Meyer didn't know at the time that Slive was in the middle of a brutal battle with prostate cancer."
It is the second time in as many days that we've learned of a classy gesture by the Ohio State head man.
FROM A WARRIOR ON THE FIELD TO A WARRIOR ON OUR STREETS— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) May 16, 2018
We would like to thank OSU Coach @OSUCoachMeyer for stopping by to visit Deputy Jacob Heaberlin in the hospital today after he was shot in the line of duty earlier this week. GO JAKE & GO BUCKS! #PoliceWeek2018 pic.twitter.com/Cs1WSWZ0Pe
Yesterday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shared that Meyer visited injured Deputy Jacob Heaberlin while he was in the hospital.
The 29-year-old had been shot just below his armored vest. Police say he was involved in a gun battle with 55-year-old Darrell Bruffy, who died as a result of his confrontation with law enforcement.