Coach Urban Meyer suspended for three games following investigation

A closeup of Urban Meyer at an Ohio State game

- Ohio State has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season after an investigation found he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Meyer, was under investigation by Ohio State for how he handled domestic violence allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, will miss the Buckeyes' games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU but will be eligible to return for their game against Tulane on September 22.

Both the athletic director and Meyer apologized and said they accepted the punishments, though Meyer said repeatedly that he did not fully know what was happening with the Smiths.

The decision capped a marathon day in Columbus, with the university's trustees meeting behind closed doors for more than 10 hours to discuss Meyer's future at Ohio State.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave August 1, after Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, said in an interview she had been in repeated contact in 2015 with Meyer's wife regarding alleged abuse by her then-husband.

The abuse allegations became public July 23, when college football reporter Brett McMurphy posted details of the alleged 2009 and 2015 incidents on Facebook.

But he didn't. And now he and Ohio State will have some work to do to fix their reputations.

Question: Why did Urban Meyer never discipline this rogue assistant coach and, in fact, gave Zach Smith huge raises?

During that media conference, Meyer was "closely focused on erroneous media reports that Smith was arrested in 2015", when he stated that he was unaware of the 2015 incident, White said, adding that Meyer's "answer swept more broadly than the arrest".

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The report states Meyer was aware of the coaches' trip to the strip club. The report says, "certain members of the football staff were aware of these issues to some degree, we do not believe Coach Meyer or AD Smith were aware of them". "We're fine, '" Zach Smith told ESPN.

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In an interview this month with Sports Radio 105.7 FM The Zone, in Columbus, Zach Smith said he and Courtney Smith had a volatile relationship, but he denied allegations of physical abuse. Well, reading through the full findings of the Urban Meyer investigation, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Meyer's scandal and those of ol' Crooked Hillary Clinton.

"He was not as complete and accurate on media day and didn't uphold the standard of the university on that day", Smith said.

He will miss OSU's games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU, with the matchup against TCU on the road. "If I had known more I would have taken action", he said.

When Gene Smith and Urban Meyer first learned - on the morning of July 23 - of the reports about the domestic violence civil protection order issued against Zach Smith on July 20, Meyer made a decision to fire Smith. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is the acting head coach.

According to the report, Gene Smith suggesting firing Zach Smith as receivers coach, but Meyer refused.

Meyer insisted as the investigation began he followed proper protocols after learning of the 2015 accusations.

During the course of Ohio State's investigation, further allegations surfaced against Zach Smith.

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