ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has reacted to the latest interview with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose three-game suspension has come to an end. Finebaum didn’t hold back.Meyer spoke exclusively to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi about his suspension and everything that went into it. More details can be seen here.Finebaum was asked on SportsCenter about Meyer’s interview and his current reputation.“I think his credibility outside of the bubble of Columbus, Ohio is still shattered,” Finebaum said on ESPN. “I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he has said. Having said that, I do know college football fans. He has possibly the second-best team in the country. Once he gets out there, the majority of fans will push all of this away and start wondering is this team good enough to challenge Alabama? I know this sounds basic. If you’re concerned about Courtney Smith, which I am and a lot of people are, this may nauseate to a certain level. But that’s the business and nature of college football.”Finebaum did think it was evident that Meyer had listened to people around him. He handled questions better than he did at his original press conference.“He went from being obstinate, denying everything, being defiant to, bit by bit, this is now the fourth iteration of his apology tour that he is now trying to fit his answers to what the criticism has been. My belief is this. He still doesn’t believe Courtney Smith. He apologized to her, literally, with a gun to his head. I don’t think he really wanted to. If you watch every version of what he has said, he’s still the same person. He’s calmed down. He’s not fighting everyone around him. He knows there’s a football team that he has to get to where he returns as a full-time coach. No doing Sunday through Friday. He answered a lot of very-difficult questions with parse answers.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane at Ohio Stadium.
THE NASDAQ STOCK market opening bell will be rung in Ireland for the first time at a technology conference in Dublin later this year.The bell ringing ceremony typically takes place in the stock market’s headquarters on New York’s Time Square and hosting the event outside the United States is a huge coup for the increasingly popular Dublin Web Summit.The event taking place in front of 7,000 people in the RDS Arena in October will also be broadcast live to millions of television viewers world wide.The three day festival, organised by digital entrepreneur, Paddy Cosgrave, will feature 300 speakers including some of the most influential leaders in the technology market.“We’re delighted to see NASDAQ recognising the Web Summit as the platform for tech companies in Europe. This is an extraordinary coup for us as the opening of the Market is watched by millions and rarely takes place outside of New York,” Cosgrave said.Speaking at the launch of the event, Minister for Enterprise, Richard Bruton, said: “The Government’s plan for jobs and growth includes a specific focus on technology and over 11,000 new jobs have been added in the sector since March 2011. The Web Summit is a great initiative that offers an amazing opportunity for Ireland to show the global technology community what we are doing in this area. He added: “I commend Paddy Cosgrave and all involved in putting it together every year, and we in Government are determined to take full advantage of all the opportunities in the technology sector for jobs and growth”.This year’s conference will feature talks from Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, WordPress boss Matt Mullenweg and Hailo CEO Jay Bregman.Technology investor and space tourist Esther Dyson and Google ventures partner Kevin Rose will also speak at the event which has already sold 1,000 tickets.The Web Summit has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past few years and the company behind the international conference has taken on 30 staff over the past 12 months.General tickets will go on sale on 30 May at websummit.netRead: Dublin Web Summit: Credit and debit cards could become a thing of the past >Read: SmartThings beats major competition to take Web Summit startup award >