Former OSU player reacts to Urban Meyer suspension

After two-week investigation Ohio State suspends Urban Meyer for three games

Nonetheless, Meyer recently told investigators that until the days following his public remarks, he had "no recollection whatsoever" of the 2015 police investigation.

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer was suspended for three games without pay in the wake of an investigation into what he did about spousal abuse allegations leveled against former assistant coach Zach Smith, the university announced Wednesday night.

Additionally, athletic director Gene Smith will serve a suspension from August 31 through September 16.

Then there was this excerpt from Ohio State's investigative report: "We learned Coach Meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events".

In the wake of Zach Smith's firing in July 2018, Shelley Meyer texted her husband, "I am anxious about Zach's response". In a subsequent review of Meyer's phone, the investigators were unable to recover text messages older than one year.

The school, which determined Meyer mishandled, but didn't cover up, the allegation's against Zach Smith, found this troublesome.

"I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt", Meyer said.

Meyer, who said last month that he did know about that accusation, was placed on administrative leave during the university investigation. For his legacy? Can Ohio State still make the College Football Playoff?!?

Meyer admitted his loyalty to his mentor Earle Bruce, who was Zach Smith's grandfather, probably made him too lenient with Smith.

According to ESPN, the Big Ten issued a statement regarding the Ohio State announcement: "The hiring, retention and firing of institutional personnel lies exclusively in the hands of the individual institutions and their boards and is not something upon which we would have further comment".

"I just think they were a little light on him".

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OSU said investigators interviewed more than 40 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents during the two-week investigation.

A three-game suspension will have Meyer off the field for the Buckeyes games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.

Football coaches talk a lot about creating a family atmosphere in their programs.

Zach Smith was arrested in 2009 in Florida for aggravated battery on a pregnant female - Courtney Smith - but no formal charges were filed.

All these distractions that could be misdirecting the focus of the Texas football locker room are the biggest impact this Meyer situation could have on the Forty Acres.

On Wednesday night, Meyer said, "I did a poor job at media day". The team has won at least 11 games in each of the six seasons Meyer has been at the helm, including three bowl wins and a National Championship. Meyer became aware of the trip but did not alert university compliance.

Zach Smith said Meyer told him he would be fired if the head coach found out Smith had hit his wife. Shortly after reports emerged about Courtney Smith's messages detailing her alleged abuse, investigators say Meyer asked Director of Football Operations Brian Voltolini about changing the settings on his phone so text messages more than a year old would no longer be retained.

Meyer described the suspensions as "tough" but said he "fully accepts them". "Vengeance against her ex-husband regrettably resulted in collateral damage to Urban Meyer, Gene Smith & The OhioState University". The same day, Ohio State fired Zach Smith, who had been making $340,000 per year.

Board Chairman Michael Gasser briefly called a meeting to order Wednesday before the board went behind closed doors to decide whether Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.

In June, 2016, Meyer had Zach Smith attend drug rehab for addiction to a stimulant prescription drug used to treat ADHD.

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