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Ohio State has announced that Urban Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season. That's how the buckeye season will be.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State suspended its national championship football coach Urban Meyer for three games after the school investigated his allegations of domestic abuse with one of his former assistant trainers [19659007] The announcement follows after the school's Board of Trustees has appointed an independent body to oversee a two-week investigation of Meyer and what he knew about allegations of domestic violence against former wide-receiver trainer Zach Smith. The board reviewed the report and discussed its actions on Wednesday for nearly 11 hours.

Meyer, who will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU, is suspended without pay. He is a paid holiday since August 1st.

He can not work with the team at all through the Oregon State game. After that, he can practice practices but can not be in the next two games.

"I appreciate the opportunity to learn from a mistake," Meyer said at a press conference. "There were red flags (with Zach Smith) .I wish I'd done better knowing things and figuring things out .. I wish people were telling me more things … I wish I had known more [19659008] "I want to apologize to the Buckeye Nation, I followed my heart and not my head … At any point I gave Zach the benefit of the doubt."

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Athletic Director Gene Smith was also suspended from August 31 to September 16. "I have the ultimate authority and oversight and I'm in charge of the athletic department, and especially the football program," Gene Smith said. "I could have done a better job in this particular case."

According to the report, "Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith has condoned or covered up Zach Smith's alleged domestic abuse, they have not taken sufficient management measures on Zach Smith's wrongdoing and retained an assistant coach who is not an appropriate role model for OSU The continuation of such misconduct does not match the values ​​of the university and reflects poorly Coach Meyer, Athletic Director Smith, and the University Their treatment of this matter did not show the kind of leadership and high standards that we have Athletic Director, Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, and all in football staff. "

Meyer was not allowed to come during his administrative leave. But he was seen early at the trustee's meeting when his wife Shelley arrived at around 2:30.

Zach Smith was accused by his ex-wife several times, most recently in 2015. Meyer initially denied the knowledge of the alleged incident in 2015 during a presentation on the media days of the Big Ten Conference in July and later admitted that he In a recent interview for the Web Smith, Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith, said she had met Meyer's wife Shelley and Lindsey Voltolini, who had been following up on the matter and said that he had followed the appropriate report protocols and procedures Wife of the director of the Ohio State Football Department, told of her ex-husband's abusive behavior [19659008] Smith's and Shelley Meyer's correspondence included photos showing bruises from the 2015 incident.

Following the interview with Smith, the Board of Trustees appointed the school an independent body to oversee Meyer's investigations.

Ryan Day, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, serves as interim head coach.

Over several stations, each more successful than the last, Meyer's coaching career was a contradiction to an unprecedented success that was clouded by controversy

In Florida, where Meyer led the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008, his program dominated the Southeastern Conference, but was too often in the headlines for misconduct of the players. Off the field was a program that seemed invincible, but anything but.

Thirty-one players were arrested during Meyer's term, which lasted from 2005 to 2010. A report by Sporting News described a clash between Florida assistant coach Billy Gonzales and star receiver Percy Harvin, in which Harvin grabbed Gonzales by the neck and knocked him down before being separated by two assistants.

Another of Meyers Stars Florida, the close-ended Aaron Hernandez, was involved in two incidents during his time with the Gators, both in 2007. In one, Hernandez beat a restaurant clerk by the side of the head and tore the eardrum of the individual. In the other, Hernandez was seen as a person of interest in a shootout that took place after a night at a local nightclub.

In 2013, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of a friend in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, Hernandez. In early 2015, he was convicted of first-degree murder.

On the other hand, Meyer Florida led after a brief slump after the resignation of former head coach Steve Spurrier back to the fore. Led by quarterback Tim Tebow, the Gators won the national championship in 2006 and 2008, finishing No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll in 2009, finishing less than 16th nationally only once, in Meyers final season in 2010.

Meyer almost retired in the winter of 2009, after a health ache with chest pain after the last conference championship game and the desire to spend more time with his family. He officially resigned at the school on December 9, 2010 with a 65-15 record and spent the 2011 season as an analyst for ESPN.

"At the end of the day, I am very convinced that you will not judge by how you act as a husband and father and not how many bowl games we have won," Meyer said at the time. However, it did not take long for him to coach again.The Meyer native of Ashtabula, Ohio, was recruited by Ohio State University in late November 2011 and immediately took the horse chestnuts to the elite company: OSU went 12-0 in its 2012 debut season, Although the horse chestnuts for the postseason were not eligible for sanctions from the Jim Tressel era.

By Meyers six teams, only one, in 2013, outside the top 10 of the coaches Poll., the team of 2014 claimed the first college Each of the five Meyer-trained teams eligible for the postseason reached a New Year's six-legged cup, with all six players conceding just three defeats in the regular season of the Big Ten [196590] He has always had the reputation of being difficult, addicted to the details and managing every detail of his program. In Ohio State, for example, the desk in Meyer's office was angled toward the door leading into Buckeye's main football facility so he could see who was coming in and going out.

Still, you could never come up with the results. Meyer holds a career record of 177-31, including earlier, two years in Bowling Green and Utah. His last team in Utah, went 12-0 in 2004 and won the Fiesta Bowl. In the history of FBS only three coaches have done better than Meyer with 85.1 percent.