Editor: Now we know why Urban Meyer should never again be mentioned in the same breath as Nick Saban as the best college football coach. It must have been brutally difficult for Meyer and his staff to inform their best quarterback, Joe Burrow, that he would continue to ride the bench if he stayed at OSU.

It remains a mystery to me why Meyer and his staff insist that the best player will start at each position, except when it comes to quarterback. We have seen the last few years of having better quarterbacks sitting on the bench than the one starting.

As a person, J.T. Barrett is outstanding, and I wish him the best. As a quarterback, I’m aware of the records he amassed, but always against inferior competition; his performances were dismal against elite teams. I would even say that playing Barrett may have cost us an additional shot at one or two national titles.

Now once again Meyer has thrown the best quarterback out the door. Burrow has worked hard and he is held in such high regard nationally that one reporting service had him listed as a top Heisman candidate — that is, if he were to become the OSU starter. Pretty high regard for someone who has never started a college game!

At least we will have a better quarterback at the controls this year than last in Dwayne Haskins Jr. But I would be cautious in recommending any elite high school quarterback to consider attending OSU. The reality is, just because you are the best quarterback does not mean you will be the starter.

Roy Lucas, Columbus

Roy: I have nothing but respect for young Joe Burrow — and I think it’s glorious that he gets to game the system to his advantage. But I had no idea the Buckeyes were hiding the next John Elway on the bench. If he kicks tail, then I think it would be appropriate to second-guess OSU’s play.

Editor: I’m sure that trips like the one the Michigan football team took are legal. I mean, if they weren’t the NCAA would have to be all over this well-publicized vacation.

Or are they simply intimidated by Jim Harbaugh and UM because a visit to Paris and the Normandy beaches clearly has cultural and educational benefits for anyone who makes the trip?

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to know why such visits are legal. We’ve always heard about “benefits not available to the student body as a whole” as a measuring stick for how a school can escape NCAA sanctions.

But here, we have boosters funneling money to schools so that everyone can have a week in Paris. I’m pretty sure that all 28,000-plus undergrads at UM weren’t offered to opportunity to join the football program on this vacation. So why is this legal per the NCAA and illegal for a booster to not simply give $5,000 per student as a gift before spring break as long as the student promises to use the money for academic purposes?

Scott Jackson, Gahanna

Scott: I haven’t found anything suggesting the NCAA has directly addressed these sorts of trips. They have outlawed off-site practices during spring break, but I suspect no college administrator worth his salt would deny that this is a valuable “life experience.” But at $800,000 per trip, paid by a UM donor, it still smells funky.

Ray: What is the difference between Michigan giving its football players an all-expenses-paid trip or giving a player a car or any other material item?

It should make no difference if school is in session or who pays for it. It makes no sense to me why the NCAA allows these trips.

Lanny Ross, Westerville

Lanny: As Harbaugh put it during last year’s trip to Italy, “not all learning is done in a classroom.” Well, sure, and I’d prefer to fly first-class all the time.

Editor: Bill Rabinowitz had an interesting observation about the current Ohio program vs. Toledo in (Wednesday’s) story about Joe Burrow’s options.

I wondered if, in comparing the two, he was truly speaking of the same Toledo that Ohio has beaten the past two seasons, including the latest thrashing last November. If that game is any indication, Toledo really could use a top QB.

It’s too bad that Ohio can’t seem to achieve any respect in this football-crazed town. Too often overlooked, Ohio’s program is a hidden gem in Columbus’ backyard.

Bob Moorehead, Columbus

Bob: Call “Scoreboard” all you want, but the stats don’t lie when they say Toledo has four 10-win seasons since 2000 and Ohio has one since 1968.