Ohio State Suspends head coach, athletic director over misconduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has suspended head coach Urban Meyer and AD Gene Smith for the first three games of the season without pay because they "failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith's misconduct."


Ohio State’s investigation into Urban Meyer handled domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach concluded the head coach and athletic director Gene Smith neither condoned nor covered up the alleged actions by Zach Smith. But, the investigation report summary said, Meyer and Smith 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.

“I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation,” Meyer said. “I followed my heart and not my head.”

Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU.