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Ohio State Trustee Reveals Why He Resigned After Urban Meyer Punishment

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

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

An Ohio State Board of Trustees member revealed today that he resigned from the board hours after the Urban Meyer punishment was announced last week.

Meyer, a three-time national champion, was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the school's investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

Ohio State's athletic director, Gene Smith, was also suspended for two weeks.

The board member, Jeffrey Wadsworth, revealed in an interview with the New York Times why he resigned.

From the report:

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

He said he was the “lone voice” of dissent in advocating for a harsher punishment, but declined to specify what he proposed or to speak in great detail about the closed-door negotiations, saying he wanted to respect the confidential words of board members.

“Most people were concerned about whether it was a several-game suspension or not,” he said.

“To me,” he added, “there was something altogether wrong about reducing it to a couple of games.”

You can read more of his quotes here.

Meyer is eligible to return to the sideline Week 4. He can return to practice after Saturday's game.

Ohio State opens the year on Saturday against Oregon State. Kickoff is set for noon.