Ohio State's Urban Meyer investigation is over. The school announced a three-game suspension for its head coach following an investigation into his handling of assault allegations against one of his assistant coaches.
This week, documents from Ohio State's investigative committee have been coming out. One such document showed a text exchange between Urban Meyer, OSU athletic director Gene Smith, and associate director of football Jerry Emig.
Smith and Emig addressed what Urban Meyer should say about the firing of wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Emig suggested Meyer give some variation of this statement:
"There were things in Zach's past that I wasn't aware of. I don't want to get into details at this time...I was aware of the Florida issue, but they were a young couple and charges weren't levied and I wanted to help them get through their issues as much as possible...Recent incidents, in addition to some things we are learning about now, prompted me to take the action of letting Zach go."
Later in the exchange, Meyer said it was confirmed to him that there was no arrest of Zach Smith in 2015.
Here is the full exchange.
If Meyer heeded the advice given to him by Emig and Smith, he may not be serving a three-game suspension.
In the end, Meyer received a three-game suspension and will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.