Urban Meyer's text question shows how panicked he was

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Meyer told him that "if I find out you hit her, you're done", Smith recalled to ESPN.

Ohio State on Wednesday night announced a three-game suspension for head coach Urban Meyer for his mishandling of Zach Smith, who was arrested multiple times for allegedly abusing Courtney.

Speaking after the investigation was announced, Zach Smith said he spoke with Meyer at the time and athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the allegations. A crowd of journalist, fans, and gawkers gathered near a loading dock behind the Longaburger Alumni House - where the meeting took place - and watched with rapt attention as Urban Meyer, his wife, Shelley Meyer, and Athletic Director Gene Smith quickly entered the building at various points as the day wore on.

With the announcement that Smith was dismissed from the Ohio State football program, a more in-depth look into Meyer's past with his long-time assistant began.

Smith was sacked by Meyer in July, after it became public that the assistant coach's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, filed an ex parte against him days before. When the committee searched Meyer's phone, all text messages older than one year were deleted. Well, the report outlines that Meyer was well aware of 2015 allegations against Smith, even if they didn't lead to criminal charges, and that he had in fact been reminded of those in text messages with various Ohio State officials the previous night. I would think probably a full season would have sent a message as to how important dealing with domestic abuse and coaches like Zach Smith.

Meyer had been placed on administrative leave after Courtney Smith told Stadium on August 1 that she believed Meyer was aware of the 2015 abuse allegations.

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Before that, Meyer always seemed to be someone who always did the smart thing, who always demanded the utmost in discipline and dedication from his players and coaches at Ohio State. And given some of the other findings in the report, Meyer shouldn't automatically get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to what he did - and didn't - know.

Meyer apologized to Ohio State fans, but did not mention Courtney Smith. I was just dumbstruck by that.

They walk into the homes of teenagers and tell the loved ones of each recruit: Well make him not only a better player, but a better person.

Ohio State's season starts September 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus.

The day he fired Zach Smith, Meyer wrote of the coach in a message to his staff, "We need to help him as he moves frwd".

Zach Smith told ESPN in a statement that he was sacked due to "media uproar" and that he didn't think he "deserved it".

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Furthermore, a request was made by Ohio State's senior associate general counsel to Voltolini and director of internal football operations Amy Nicol on July 25 to review Meyer's phone following an open records request made by student newspaper "The Lantern".

Investigators said Meyer'sstatements to the media about Smith were inaccurate, but fell short of engaging in a "cover-up" to keep Smith on staff.

Meyer will miss Ohio State's first three games against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU, though he will be allowed to coach practices leading into the Rutgers and TCU games.

"I followed my heart, not my head".

Moments earlier, when asked what message he had for Courtney Smith, Meyer avoided addressing her directly. Ohio State was voted No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll. Mine, and many others answer is a resounding no. Likewise, they suspended Meyer for three games not because they wanted to, but because they had to.

Then Courtney Smith told Stadium, a sports network, that she told Meyer's wife, Shelley, about the alleged 2015 incident that year - leading to speculation about whether the coach did know.

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