Top 5 candidates to replace Urban Meyer if Buckeyes move on

A closeup of Urban Meyer at an Ohio State game

Top 5 candidates to replace Urban Meyer if Buckeyes move on

Ohio State has suspended football coach Urban Meyer without pay through September 2 and for the team's first three games of the season.

The board was meeting to consider whether Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach that were raised by the assistant coach's now ex-wife.

"I needed to show more care and concern for the entirety of the situation and the people involved", Meyer said. He will return to coach the September 22 game vs. Tulane.

Ohio State's investigation concluded Meyer and the athletic director failed to properly manage Zach Smith's misconduct and kept him even though he was not an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes.

The public portion of the meeting held by Ohio State's Board of Trustees on Wednesday morning lasted less than three minutes and included little more than roll call.

Ohio State put Meyer on paid leave August 1, saying it wanted to investigate exactly what he knew about the allegations leveled against former assistant coach Zach Smith. Zach Smith, who has denied his ex-wife's claims, was sacked in July after news reports highlighted her allegations.

Meyer told reporters he got a "text late last night" that "something happened" involving Smith back then but insisted "there was nothing".

Courtney Smith told Stadium that she told Meyer's wife in 2015 that Zach Smith had assaulted her.

Days after the report came to light, Meyer admitted to knowing about the 2015 allegations and apologized for previously "misleading" the media at the Big Ten Media Day event in Chicago on July 24.

"I am fully aware of the situation that has harmed the university as a whole, Meyer said". Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor at Ohio State. Other than their misunderstanding of the requirements triggering reporting obligations, neither Coach Meyer nor Athletic Director Smith violated any policy, rules, law or contractual obligation in connection with the alleged domestic abuse claims against Zach Smith.

The controversy began in July, when Brett McMurphy - a former ESPN college football reporter - began publishing stories on his Facebook page about domestic abuse allegations made against Zach Smith, Ohio State's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, who had also worked under Meyers at Florida. The same day, Ohio State fired Zach Smith, who had been making $340,000 per year.

The university spent Wednesday deliberating the fate of head football coach Urban Meyer. Police in Powell, Ohio, ultimately closed that case without a criminal charge.

"He (Meyer) looked at me and he said, 'I swear to God, Zach, if I find out you hit her, you're done, you're fired.' And I said, okay coach, I understand, I didn't".

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