Urban Meyer suspended 3 games, might have erased text messages

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The investigative report was made public only after a news conference in which Meyer, Gene Smith, Ohio State president Michael Drake and investigator Mary Jo White discussed the decision to suspend Meyer for the Buckeyes' first three games of the season. Athletic director Gene Smith - who is not related to Zach or Courtney Smith - was also suspended from August 31 through September 16.

The report also expressed "concern" over findings that associate athletic director Brian Voltolini approached Meyer at the start of the investigation about whether the media could access the head coach's phone records, according to the Sporting News. Perhaps the biggest unanswered question is, can Meyer trust the university, and can OSU trust Meyer?

Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015. Courtney Smith declined to pursue the charge, and police closed the case. "With the Buckeyes ranked in the Top 5 in nearly every preseason poll, there was no way that a school with a track record like Ohio State's was going to fire the highest paid employee in the state who also happens to be the face of the university". "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. however, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions". Investigators said they told the NCAA about the incident. Brett McMurphy's report alleged that Shelley Meyer had been texting with Zach Smith's ex-wife about the allegations.

Ohio State issued Meyer a relatively light, three game suspension - granting enough leeway to still let him prep the Buckeyes for two games they're unlikely to lose.

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Meyer took the helm at Ohio State, one of the country's winningest programs, from Luke Fickell, a longtime Ohio State assistant who ascended to the top job for a year after the once-heralded championship coach Jim Tressel resigned.

In 2015, Zach Smith was regularly late to practice and team meetings and no-showed on recruiting visits. "I wish I'd done more, I wish I'd known more". Ohio State fans wanted "time served" (apologies to Freddie Prinze Jr. who took offense to that on Twitter) while Ohio State-haters or just Urban-haters were looking for cruel and unusual punishment to be levied.

"I know the impact that the events of the last three weeks have had on this institution - an institution that I love - and how challenging this has been for our community and our president, a man for whom I have great respect".

Courtney Smith separated from him in 2015 after eight years of marriage.

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The report and punishment culminated a two-week investigation of how Meyer reacted to allegations that Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

"Ohio State, just the football, just the atmosphere of it, just period is always gonna be big; I don't think it'll ever fall, just because of, you know, what's happening right now", Bogard said.

Zach Smith was sacked by Urban Meyer toward the end of July. In July, Meyer told reporters he had no knowledge of Zach Smith's 2015 domestic violence arrests, but admitted Wednesday that his media days remarks wer "not as complete and as accurate as [he] should have been".

Moments earlier, when asked what message he had for Courtney Smith, Meyer avoided addressing her directly. She said more than 40 witnesses were interviewed, some several times, and more than 60,000 electronic documents were reviewed. This was a good ol' boy club at Ohio State and many other places. When asked what he would say to her, Meyer instead addressed "everyone involved in this".

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The McMurphy report led many to believe that Meyer deserved to be fired. The allegations range from 1979 to 1997 and involve male athletes from 14 sports, as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office.

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