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BREAKING: Urban Meyer Suspended Three Games

After a long day of deliberations, the Ohio State Board of Trustees has come to a decision: Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer will serve a suspension for the first three games of the Buckeyes’ 2018 season.

Wyatt Crosher of The Lantern had it first, and also had some follow-up news regarding Gene Smith.

With this investigation now complete and a decision given, Buckeye fans can at least have some solid understanding of what Buckeye football will look like in the 2018 season and beyond. Interim head coach Ryan Day will fulfill his role for the first three games against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 Texas Christian before Meyer returns to the sidelines Sept. 22 to lead Ohio State against the Tulane Green Wave.

After the announcement of the decision, President Michael V. Drake, Meyer, Smith and Mary Jo Whitewho led the investigationgave statements before taking questions from the press.

“We value the truth, and this group thoroughly sought the truth,” Drake said in his statement before Smith took the stand.

Gene Smith expressed apology and remorse in his statement to Buckeye Nation, President Drake, student-athletes and others before inviting Meyer to the stand.

“I know that the impact the events of the last three weeks on this institution,” Meyer said. “An institution that I love … and for that I am deeply sorry. … I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation.”

Meyer also noted that his relationship with Earle BruceZach Smith’s grandfather—likely influenced why he was so lenient with Smith, and expressed regret and remorse for not handling things differently.

“I take this responsibility very seriously, and I will do better,” Meyer added. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn from my mistake … and to make our strong program even stronger.”

Urban Meyer noted that he believes he has changed much over the years and since the beginning of this investigation, and added that any hire he makes in the future will involve heavy talks with Gene Smith to ensure extra caution.

The day after the decision was announced, Meyer was facing some backlash on social media regarding his demeanor, specifically when answering a question that asked what he would say to Courtney Smith. He took to Twitter to give a statement about that:

Gene Smith’s suspension will last a little over three weeks (if it starts immediately), and, in terms of the football season, will end the day after the Bucks’ game against TCU.


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