New documents relating to the investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith were released today.
The new documents don't appear to reveal any pertinent information, but they do provide more context for everything that was going on.
You can view the full summary of the new release here.
Included in the new release is a screenshot of a text message Urban Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer, sent to Zach Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
Brett McMurphy's initial report alleged that Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations against Smith, including text messages that were sent to his wife.
Here's one of the texts Shelley Meyer sent Courtney Smith, per the new release:
"I am praying for you!" Shelley sent as part of her message. "I wouldn't listen to him anyway."
The full release also includes the email Ohio State sent to Meyer regarding his punishment:
As you know, President Drake, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, determined that you did not take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and have not, in the handling of certain matters, upheld the high values of Ohio State. The resulting disciplinary actions set forth below are designed to be fair, just, and appropriate, and to provide an opportunity to learn from past mistakes to make our program and university stronger and better moving forward.
To begin, this will confirm that effective August 22, 2018, you are suspended from performing any duties in your position as Head Football Coach through September 2, 2018. As a result, you should not attend any practices, meetings, other official events, or otherwise appear in any official capacity; have any communications with staff, student-athletes, recruits, or others; or otherwise conduct any business related to your role for this time period.
Beginning September 3, 2018, you may resume your duties as Head Football Coach with the exception that you are not permitted to perform any duties at all for the 24-hour period around game days on September 1, 8 and 15th. You also may not be present at pre-game activities or the game itself.
In addition, you will forgo six weeks of compensation in connection with your suspension. Either Gene or I will follow up with you on how to administer the compensation matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, Susan M. Basso
Senior Vice President, Office of Human Resources
You can view the full update here.