By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer lied about incidents involving his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The school placed him on paid leave and said that it’ll take 14 days for the investigation.
It has since concluded. The school announced on Wednesday night that Meyer will keep his job as the highest-paid employee in the State.
Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the season. He’ll miss the games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and No. 16 TCU.
He’s eligible to return for the Tulane game on September 22nd. Besides Meyer being suspended, athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended from August 31st through Sept. 16th.
“Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes,” the school said in a statement. “Permitting such misconduct to continue is not consistent with the values of the University and reflects poorly on Coach Meyer, Athletic Director Smith, and the University.
“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.”
Meyer is making $7.6 million this season. He is signed through 2022. Since being named Ohio State’s head coach, he’s gone 73-8 in seven years.
He also guided the Buckeyes to the National Championship during the 2014 season.
Meyer came to Ohio State, his alma mater, after spending time as the Bowling Green Falcons, Utah Utes, and Florida Gators head coach. He went 65-15 as the Gators head coach, including winning National Championships during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
He is 177-31 as a college football head coach.