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An Ohio State Trustee Resigned Over The Urban Meyer Situation - Here's Why

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Ohio State announced last week that head football coach Urban Meyer was being suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

The punishment for Meyer was decided after a lengthy Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting that began at 9 a.m. last Wednesday and ended close to 10 p.m.

One Ohio State trustee has reportedly resigned from the board as a result of the punishment handed down to Meyer. He didn't think it was harsh enough.

The New York Times has more:

An Ohio State trustee has resigned, saying a three-game suspension of the football coach Urban Meyer should have been more “profound” for his mishandling of domestic violence accusations against an assistant coach and for tolerating years of the assistant’s misbehavior.

The trustee, Jeffrey Wadsworth, said in an interview on Thursday that he stepped down from the board shortly after the university announced Mr. Meyer’s punishment last week.

“I didn’t feel that I’d seen high-integrity behavior,” Mr. Wadsworth said of Mr. Meyer.

The trustee who resigned claims he was the only person pushing for a harsher punishment for Meyer. It's unclear how much harsher of a punishment he was pushing for.

Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season, but he's able to return to practice after the season-opening game on Saturday.

Ohio State opens its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.