SportsPulse: Urban Meyer's suspension can be debated, one thing can not be: Ohio State and Meyer messed up their reaction and explanation of the decision.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to remove work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information / de / movies / … – living – dead According to a two – week investigation into his treatment of allegations against an assistant coach against domestic violence

the state of Ohio [3] suspended. Englisch:…80&Itemid=58 ] Meyer spent three games in three games after investigators abused Zach Smith's repeated occupational and behavioral issues and instead protected his charge years by allegations of domestic violence, a drug problem and poor work performance. Among the many questions raised in the investigation of the highly successful coach of the Fifth Buckeyes was how he reacted when the story stopped.

On August 1, the investigators said, Meyer and the team's task force manager, with ways to change the settings, on his phone to delete messages older than a year. The discussion took place on the same day that Smith's then-wife spoke about texts with Meyer's wife Shelley Meyer about domestic violence.

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Courtney Smith claimed her husband attacked her in 2015. Zach Smith was never prosecuted with domestic violence. The university dropped paid leave for Meyer and started an investigation after Courtney Smith had spoken publicly and exchanged text messages and photos, which she traded with Shelley Meyer, a nurse and trainer at Ohio State, in 2015. Zach Smith was fired last month after his ex-wife asked a judge for a protection order.

When the University received Meyer's phone on August 2, she was hired to keep only texts within a year. The investigators said they could not determine if this attitude had been made in response to the breaking news.

"It is nevertheless worrying that his first reaction to a negative media leak disclosed his knowledge of the 2015-2016 prosecution investigation. Worry that the media will gain access to information and discuss how news older than a year are erased, "states the report on Meyer.

The latest college retention policies do not contain text messages. A category that includes "transient" records includes telephone messages, some e-mails, drafts, and other documents that "convey information of a temporary value, have a very short-lived administrative, legal, and / or fiscal value."

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Those should be disposed of once "the administrative, legal or fiscal use has expired," but there is no fixed time scheduled. It could be "as short as a few hours and could be as long as several days or weeks," says the policy of 2016.

As bleak as the policy seems, Fred Gittes, a veteran open-recording attorney in Columbus, said no The elimination of texts on Meyer's university phone, which was linked to his responsibility as a coach, would break Ohio's open record law. He also noted that a lack of legacy text messaging would make it difficult to determine if NCAA recruitment rules were violated.

Open Records Proponent Dennis Hetzel asked why investigators did not do more to track down older messages.

What happened to these text messages seems to be a pretty big thing to ignore or not pay much attention to, "said Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio News Media Association.

Tom Mars, a lawyer who The University of Mississippi, in a lawsuit commissioned by former rebel coach Houston Nutt in 2017, asked why Ohio State could not determine if Has deleted SMS from his university phone.

"If you can take possession of the phone.…=view&id=167 With the right software, the right forensic Experts, you can retrieve anything the user thought was erased, "Mars said.

He added," I have great respect for the people overseeing this investigation, but I think they owe the public c egg An explanation why they could not recover deleted text messages, provided they made an effort.

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Nutt himself had released more than 1,000 SMS in 2007 when He was a trainer in Arkansas, where his attorney pulled telephone records from ex-Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze in a lawsuit filed by Nutt against the school, which revealed a one-minute call to an escort service and led to an internal investigation While Freeze technology may create a wealth of public records, it also allows someone to try to hide them with a simple one A Stroke or Reset, said Adam Marshall, litigator on the reporter press freedom committee.

"The problem of holding, searching and producing text messages and other records is a big problem across the country when it comes to implementing English:…39&Itemid = 32 A public institution, such as a large university, should be able to easily create policies and programs to hold on to text messages for extended periods of time, "he added

Mary Jo White, a lawyer and former chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission said the "ambiguity" surrounding Meyer's text messages was exacerbated by the University's failure to promptly respond to two open inquiries from the student newspaper "Lantern" on July 25.

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The newspaper has from July 18 to July 24, 2018 sow Between October 25, 2015 and December 1, we asked for emails, text messages, and call history between Meyer and Zach Smith. 2015. The newspaper asked about the same communications between athletic director Gene Smith – no relationship with Zach Smith – and Meyer for the same time period for any materials "regarding Zach Smith."

Although senior Ohio prosecutors and athletic officials were aware of the claim of these records, "no one seems to have actually checked the phone from Coach Meyer or even approached him about the requests," the investigation found.

The Associated Press has requested similar information Aug. 2; the university still has to answer.

Jo Potuto, a former chairman of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions and a law professor in Nebraska, said that a separate record-keeping protocol should be set up.

"You don & # 39;; I want to be in an employer situation, that there is such a high degree of mistrust as you do your job, that you have to keep records going back forever," she said. "On the other hand, I strongly believe that a university should pursue a policy when an investigation or the start of an investigation is triggered, then there should be a policy that nobody should delete texts from this point on."


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