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New Questions Emerging Regarding Urban Meyer's Text Messages

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a red Ohio State jacket.

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

New questions have emerged regarding the alleged text messages deleted by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Ohio State's investigation into its head football coach revealed that all of the year-plus old text messages on Urban Meyer's cellphone had been deleted prior to the investigation.

There are now questions about what Meyer's deletion of messages might mean legally.

From the AP:

Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach.

Ohio State suspended Meyer for three games after investigators concluded he mishandled Zach Smith's repeated professional and behavioral problems and instead protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. Among the many questions raised by the investigation into the highly successful coach of the fifth-ranked Buckeyes was how he responded when the story broke.

The investigation found out that Meyer's phone had a setting on it to delete any messages that are older than one year. It did not prove if Meyer did this directly as a result to the investigation or a news story.

When the university obtained Meyer's phone on Aug. 2, it was set to only retain texts within a year. Investigators said they couldn't determine if that setting was made in response to the breaking news story.

"It is nonetheless concerning that his first reaction to a negative media piece exposing his knowledge of the 2015-2016 law enforcement investigation was to worry about the media getting access to information and discussing how to delete messages older than a year," the report said, referring to Meyer.

Meyer has since been suspended for the first three games of the year. He is able to return to the sideline Week 4.