The Ohio State Buckeyes board of trustees have made their decision in the Urban Meyer investigation. Urban Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season.
Meyer will miss games against Oregon State, TCU and Rutgers. Athletic Director Gene Smith will be suspended from Aug. 31st to Sept. 16th.
Here is the Ohio State statement on Meyer and the discipline.
The investigation found that Meyer was aware of the 2015 domestic violence accusations. Investigators felt Meyer and Smith did not report them to compliance as they should have.
"I am fully aware of the situation that has harmed the university as a whole, Meyer said. "I followed by heart, not my head. I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t know everything about what Zach Smith was doing. I should have recognized the red flags."
The video below has more on Urban' Meyer's suspension.
The roughly two week-long investigation started after Brett McMurphy reported that Meyer knew and lied about domestic violence accusations against now-former WRs coach Zach Smith. At Big Ten Media day, Meyer said he wasn't aware of the 2015 incident of domestic violence, that he only got a text about it and that it was nothing. Meyer later corrected his statements, after being placed on administrative leave, saying he knew about the accusations and reported them properly.
"Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida and now at the Ohio State University I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels," Meyer said in a statement. "And I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false ... Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media Days on July 24th, I failed on many of these fronts. 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."
Some had called for Meyer to be fired after McMurphy's intial report.
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