Ohio State suspends Urban Meyer for first three games.
The ruling is in …
Ohio State has suspended head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season – Oregon State, Rutgers, and at TCU – and suspended Athletic Director Gene Smith for 17 days.
“Their handling of this matter did not exhibit the kind of leadership and high standards that we expect of our athletic director, head coach, assistant coaches and all on the football staff.” – Statement from Ohio State University
The decision came down after a long day of deliberations following a two week investigation on how Meyer and the school handled the accusations of domestic violence against now-fired receivers coach, Zach Smith.
Originally, there was some thought that Meyer would’ve been punished with time served after being put on paid administrative leave, but he’ll now be back in time for the game against Tulane on September 22nd, with a trip to Penn State to follow. Assistant Ryan Day will serves as the team’s head coach for the first three games.
Also in the school’s statement, the Ohio State Board of Trustees stated that Meyer and Gene Smith “did not provide an adequate response” to the allegations made by Zach Smith’s wife, Courtney, but that wasn’t enough in their eyes to warrant Meyer being fired for cause – if the school had any interest in doing that.
Meyer is 73-8 in his six years as the Ohio State head coach with a national title and two Big Ten Championships.