After 12 hours on Wednesday, the Urban Meyer decision was rendered last night. Following Ohio State's two-week investigation, Meyer will serve a three-game suspension.
Meyer can return to weekly coaching duties on Sept. 2, the day after the season opener against Oregon State. However, he will not be allowed to coach the games against Rutgers and TCU in Weeks 2 and 3, though he will be allowed to prepare the team in the lead-up to those games.
Athletic director Gene Smith is also serving a suspension until Sept. 2. Meyer and Zach Smith both implicated him in their statements earlier in this process.
As promised, Ohio State released the documents and materials from the Urban Meyer investigation.
Members of the media have been poring over the details in the hours since, and there are plenty of interesting details there-in.
The most glaring might be what Meyer did on Aug. 1, after Brett McMurphy's big report on Zach Smith that really blew this whole story open. According to the report, Meyer and director of football operations Brian Voltolini discussed the possibility that the media would obtain his phone records, and whether texts older than a year could be automatically erased.
When they did so, investigators were only able to see messages from the previous year, something that the investigative report noted as "concerning."
Another detail that has been picked apart by many is the assertion that Meyer often forgets things which he previously had knowledge of, and that it may be due to medication. From the report:
" 3. We accept that in July 2018 Coach Meyer was deeply absorbed in football season and wanted to focus on football at Big Ten Media Days. The firing of Zach Smith the day before – the first time Coach Meyer had fired a coach – was also on his mind, as was the erroneous media report of a felony arrest of Zach Smith in 2015. We also learned during the investigation that Coach Meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events. He has also periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration, and focus. All of these factors also need to be considered and weighed in assessing Coach Meyer's mindset on July 24th."
Meyer's reported memory issues are news to everyone else. While it isn't crazy to think that a 54-year old may have them, some have pointed out that just a few years ago, Meyer's incredible memory was something that was written about, including by this website.
There's no way to know if this is a legitimate issue. If it is, it seems like there would be ramifications for his coaching ability. Overall, it doesn't really pass the smell test though.