Ohio State coach Urban Meyer suspended for 3 games over mishandled domestic abuse case
Ohio State suspended football coach Urban Meyer for three games, along with athletic director Gene Smith, for mishandling a domestic abuse case.
Meyer, who won’t be on the sidelines for games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU, will return to coach the Sept. 22 game vs. Tulane.
Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 1.
The Ohio State trustees hired an outside law firm for $500,000 to do the investigation, which took two weeks.
The investigation centered on what Meyer knew and did about allegations of abuse against Smith, who was fired July 23 after his wife sought a protective order. Smith hasn’t been charged or convicted of abuse, but his ex-wife Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015.
Meyer has said he handled the accusations properly when he found out about them, but acknowledged he lied to reporters at first when he said he hadn’t heard of the incident. Ohio State put Meyer under investigation after Courtney Smith went public, giving a reporter text messages and pictures she traded with Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, in 2015.
“I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation,” Meyer said at a news conference Wednesday night. “I followed my heart and not my head.”
This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.
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