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Ohio State Insider Jeff Snook Publishes New Report About Urban Meyer

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Ohio State football insider Jeff Snook, who published multiple reports throughout the Urban Meyer/Zach Smith saga, has published a new story on Facebook today, detailing what happened with the deliberations regarding his punishment.

Snook says that he spoke to two members of Ohio State's Board of Trustees over the past week, both of whom disagreed with the punishment.

Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the school's investigation into his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith.

From his report:

Two members of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees have told me over the past week they believed Urban Meyer’s suspension “was not warranted according to the facts” that resulted from the university’s six-member panel which investigated whether the head coach had covered up alleged domestic violence by former assistant coach Zach Smith.

The “majority” of the trustees disagreed with President Michael Drake’s final decision to suspend Meyer three games and athletic director Gene Smith 17 days and many were disappointed by Drake’s performance “for not being complete and clear” at the ensuing press conference the night of Aug. 22, one trustee said.

Neither trustee wanted to be identified and would speak only on the condition of complete anonymity.

The board of trustees members say Meyer's punishment was all about the mishandling of Smith and not any coverup for domestic violence.

“This was all about the way (Meyer) mismanaged an employee, an assistant coach,” one trustee said. “(Smith) was late to practice often. He acted up on recruiting trips. He had credit-card problems. He did other things that made him a poor representative of the university. It was easy to determine that Coach Meyer should have had a firmer grasp of this employee.”

Another said, “It was obvious Zach Smith had problems, serious issues. Coach Meyer should have known about it and probably fired him (sooner than the July 23 termination Smith was given).”

You can view the full report here.

Meyer is set to return to the field on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane.