Ohio State announced that they have suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for three games. Meyer failed to take sufficient management action relating to former assistant coach Zach Smith’s misconduct and domestic violence allegations. The university suspended Meyer for the games on Sept. 1, 8 and 15 without pay. Ohio State plays Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU during that time. This is a slap on the wrist for the three time National Championship Winner.
Smith was accused by his ex-wife of physical abuse and was fired last month after she asked a judge for a protective order. Meyer said he had no knowledge of the violence. But, In 2015 Courtney Smith texted Urban’s wife and told her about the assault. Shelley Meyer told Smith that was going to have to tell her husband.
Meyer said in his press conference, “What I know of Smith is mostly just business related.”
I coached college athletics 10 years. I can say this as 100% fact… Meyer is lying to the media,the Ohio State Alumni, fans and students.
Meyer is a control freak, which means he is involved personally with everyone he hires. These coaches spend 10-16 hours a day with one another during the season. They know their likes, dislikes and intimate details about one another. There is a ton of “Locker Room Talk” going on as well.
The three game suspension is literally a slap in the face to Courtney Smith.
Meyer’s should have been suspended for a minimum of one year, without pay.
What type of message are we sending to women in America? As long as someone is helping a team win games, a woman can be abused?
I am tired of the… win at all cost mentality.
We don’t hold these coaches or players accountable and women are being abused and living in fear because of it.
Shame on Ohio State… Shame on Meyer… And Shame on College Football.
Urban Meyer is a perfect example of everything wrong with sports in America.
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