The message sent by Meyer's obligatory and laughable three-game suspension for completely mishandling and covering up the domestic violence accusations against former assistant coach Zach Smith came in loud and clear Wednesday night.
Gene Smith, Ohio State's athletic director, replied, "I would be careful".
Investigators said Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith mismanaged Zach Smith's misconduct and kept him even though he was not an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes.
We are still waiting for further information to emerge from the executive session in charge of determining the fate of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer was placed on administrative leave August 1, after Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, said in an interview she had been in repeated contact in 2015 with Meyer's wife regarding alleged abuse by her then-husband.
The report also revealed Smith took high school coaches to a Miami strip club during a recruiting visit in May 2014.
This wraps up an ugly timeline of events, which started on July 23 when college football reporter Brett McMurphy shed light on Smith's domestic abuse history. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor at Ohio State.
Buckeye Nation. The loyal fans who pay for season tickets. "And I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015", the coach continued.
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After failing to utter Courtney Smith's name during the Tuesday night press conference in Columbus, Meyer f was asked what his message to her would be.
Meyer said he was not aware of his wife's text messages at the time.
Both the athletic director and Meyer apologized and said they accepted the punishments, though Meyer said repeatedly that he did not fully know what was happening with the Smiths. Here is the full statement thanks to our friends at 105.7 The Zone:Shortly thereafter, Urban Meyer was seen ducking into the loading dock.
Smith was accused by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith of physical abuse.
"I followed my heart and not my head", Meyer said, adding that he had once been loyal to Zach Smith's grandfather, which may have affected his decision-making.
"I should have been aware of it", Meyer said.
Not only was the phone not checked, the report said, it appears no one so much as approached Meyer about the request.
The investigation centers on what Meyer knew and did about allegations of abuse against Smith, who was sacked July 23 after his ex-wife sought a protective order. "It's a big reason why we're here today". Others drove by and filmed the throng of media that had been waiting outside for most of the day. If "you hit her, you are fired", Meyer told Zach Smith in a meeting, according to the report, and closely monitored the investigation "regularly for a period of months".
It was found by investigators that Meyer did not violate "policy, law or contractual obligation" by failing to report Zach Smith's 2009 arrest at Florida upon his hiring at Ohio State, though investigators admit "it would have been better" for him to do so. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is the interim coach. Likewise, they suspended Meyer for three games not because they wanted to, but because they had to.