After a long day full of pizza and anticipation, the investigation is finally over. Urban Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the college football season. He will miss Ohio State’s games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU. However, starting week two he will be able to coach at practice.
“I want to apologize to the Buckeye Nation. I followed my heart and not my head… At each juncture, I gave Zach the benefit of the doubt.”
Ryan Day will continue to serve as the interim head coach until Meyer’s suspension is up, and athletic director Gene Smith has been suspended without pay from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16.
With the investigation over and the punishments delivered, the Armchair Ohio State team weighed in on the findings:
After hours of deliberation by the Board of Trustees and university President Michael V. Drake, it was announced that Urban Meyer would be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 college football season.
After reports surfaced regarding Meyer’s position on a possible suspension, this is likely not the result that most fans or even the media expected. The common belief was that if there was wrongdoing, Meyer would be fired. If there was not, he would be reinstated immediately. This feels like a decision to appease outside forces, which is a discussion for another day.
At the end of it all, it appears that Ryan Day will remain as head coach through Week 3 against Texas Christian.
When it is all said and done, Ohio State did the right thing. Gene Smith and Urban Meyer to have been punished for allowing an abusive man to remain on staff, and I believe the university did everything it could to help Courtney Smith.
Urban Meyer will come back for Tulane, before the Buckeyes head to Happy Valley for a big-time matchup. Ohio State will play inspired the first three weeks in his absence, and are still primed for a National Championship run.
Role models of young men are held to a higher standard, and although Meyer may have never intentionally lied or misled, he certainly made a mistake by keeping Zach Smith on staff. Missing a quarter of the regular season seems fair — a suspension for the first two games alone would have been next-to-no punishment, as they seem to be locks for the Buckeyes to win. Suspending Meyer for the TCU game demonstrates Ohio State is dedicated to taking domestic violence seriously.
When Meyer returns against Tulane, expect him to use it as a tune-up game in order to prepare for Penn State the week after. Until then, Ryan Day will have the chance to demonstrate to the nation why he is deserving of a head coaching job next season.
Now that this fiasco is a thing of the past, Ohio State can officially focus on preparing for week one against Oregon State. Maybe the Buckeyes have found their pot of gold amidst the chaos. It is officially football season.