ESPN Ohio State on Wednesday night suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of this season after a two-week investigation found that he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith and misrepresented what he knew about the situation in a public statement in July. Meyer was suspended without pay and banned from interacting with the football team through Sept. 2. He can rejoin the team at that point, but he will not be able to coach in games against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU.
We are not going to dive into the Zach Smith scandal again, or discuss if Urban Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith or not, what’s important today is that Urban Meyer has officially been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the investigation into the scandal. I personally thought that Urban Meyer would be either suspended for the full season or not suspended at all, I knew Urban Meyer would not be fired, because he is a top three coach in college football and would be hired by another school within seconds if Ohio State fired him (my guess Norte Dame). So Ohio State elected to suspend Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season, which is not insignificant, because while Ohio State will still be huge favorites against Oregon State and Rutgers their head coach will miss their showdown against a tough TCU team ranked sixteenth in the country. I do think that the result of the result of the investigation and the suspension surprised Meyer, who thought he would get off with a slap on the wrist, and was thinking a one game suspension with a two game maximum. I do agree that Meyer should not have been fired, we love calling for people’s jobs and watching people get fired in America today, and all Meyer did wrong was possibly mislead the crybaby media who then called for his head. He followed protocol, and misleading the media is not a fireable offense, the great Bill Belichick misleads the media every week.