Ohio State Football Coach Suspended for Three Games

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FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walks on the field before the team’s NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State trustees are set to discuss the future of football coach Urban Meyer. The 20-member board plans to meet in private on Wednesday […]

Columbus, OH (AP) -Ohio State has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for three games for failing to take sufficient management action relating to former assistant coach Zach Smith’s misconduct.
    
Ohio State announced the decision Wednesday night after an investigation into his handling of accusations of domestic violence made against Zach Smith, a longtime assistant coach.
    
Smith was accused by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith of physical abuse. Zach Smith was fired last month after she asked a judge for a protective order.
    
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended from Aug. 31-Sept. 16.

Smith said Urban Meyer did not tell him about allegations of domestic abuse against Zach Smith in 2009 when the assistant coach was hired by the Buckeyes in 2012.
    
Zach Smith was not charged in an incident involving his then-wife Courtney Smith and usual background checks did not reveal the incident, athletic director Gene Smith said.
    
Meyer also said he did not know about text messages between Courtney Smith and his wife Shelley Meyer. Smith shared text messages and pictures with a reporter that showed she told Shelley Meyer about physical abuse by Zach Smith in 2015.

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