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How Urban Meyer Responded When Asked If He Should Have Been Suspended

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State has suspended head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season. Meyer's punishment was announced moments ago.

Meyer will return to the team on September 2, but won't be able to coach until Week 4 against Tulane on September 22. Ohio State AD Gene Smith has also been suspended from August 31-September 16.

Ohio State explained its reasoning for suspending Meyer and Smith in a statement tonight.

“Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who wasn’t performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes,” the statement read.

Earlier today, a tweet from Dave Biddle of Bucknuts indicated he was hearing that Meyer did not think he should be suspended. He wanted to be reinstated immediately, while university president Michael V. Drake was the one pushing for suspension. When asked if he felt he should have been suspended during tonight's press conference, Meyer's answer mirrored Biddle's report. "I trust and support our president," Meyer said.

Regardless of how Meyer feels about his punishment, he has to serve it.

Meyer will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.