Ohio St suspends Urban Meyer for 3 games for mishandled abuse case

Ohio State suspends Urban Meyer for three games after investigation

On Wednesday, Ohio State announced that it was suspending head football coach Urban Meyer for three games after an independent investigation into what he knew about the alleged serial abuse committed by former assistant coach Zach Smith against his ex-wife Courtney.

Meyer, who has been on paid administrative leave since the beginning of August, had been under investigation by the university for how he handled the domestic violence allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney, will continue to be away from the football program until the fourth week of the college football season.

Meyer was suspended by Ohio State's Board of Trustees for his reported involvement in domestic violence situation regarding an assistant coach and following a 14-day investigation by a university-sanctioned committee. "I followed my heart, not my head", Meyer said at a news conference Wednesday, according to member station WOSU.

"The fact that he could not mention the victim's name, Courtney Smith - he was asked specifically about her, said he felt sorry for everyone involved", Christine Brennan, a sports columnist for USA Today and a CNN sports analyst, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday morning. Charges were not filed in that case. Ohio State is now investigating whether an NCAA violation was committed.

After a story by reporter Brett McMurphy that included screenshots of text conversations between Meyer's wife, Shelley, and Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's ex-wife, Meyer wanted to know how to delete messages on his phone.

Meyer admitted he gave Zach Smith, whose negative behavior reportedly went beyond the domestic abuse allegations, the benefit of the doubt too often.

At a time when his boss recommended firing Zach Smith for being unreliable, Meyer chose to keep him on staff despite knowing even more of Smith's troubled past than others did.

Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU. In a subsequent review of Meyer's phone, the investigators were unable to recover text messages older than one year. One week earlier, the school newspaper, The Lantern, had requested under public-records law access to emails, texts and other materials related to Zach Smith for periods of 2015 and 2018.

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Athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended. "I don't know what happened", she added. As I reflect, my loyalty to his grandfather, (former Buckeyes coach) Earle Bruce, who was my mentor and like a father to me, likely impacted how I treated Zach over the years.

Meyer also claimed the incident and his suspension has taught him about the seriousness of domestic violence. Allegations of domestic abuse stemmed not only from Zach Smith's time at OSU, but while he was on Meyer's Florida staff in 2009 as well.

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.

"But I will maintain that until proven otherwise, Meyer did what was asked of him in terms of reporting to his superiors".

Zach Smith was sacked by Urban Meyer toward the end of July.

The investigation cost $500,000 and was conducted by the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. "He should've addressed it, did he do the right thing?" said Bogard. "If I had known more I would have taken action", he said.

"We believe [Coach Meyer] as did Zach Smith, that if [Coach Meyer] ever came to learn or believe that Zach Smith had physically abused his wife, Coach Meyer would have fired Zach Smith or any other coach on the spot".

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