Ohio State's 23-page report on its investigation into head coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith included a number of intriguing details.
Among those details: Urban Meyer has occasionally suffered from memory loss. The report stated that Meyer has at times taken medicine that causes him to suffer from memory loss and a lack of focus.
"We accept that in July 2018 Coach Meyer was deeply absorbed in football season and wanted to focus on football at Big Ten Media Days. The firing of Zach Smith the day before – the first time Coach Meyer had fired a coach – was also on his mind, as was the erroneous media report of a felony arrest of Zach Smith in 2015.
We also learned during the investigation that Coach Meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events. He has also periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration, and focus. All of these factors also need to be considered and weighed in assessing Coach Meyer’s mindset on July 24th," the report said.
This part of the report, unsurprisingly, has drawn some speculation from many in the national media, with several people wondering how Meyer could lead one of the country's top programs if he was suffering from this.
Today, interim coach Ryan Day was asked about Meyer and his apparent memory problems.
Ryan Day is leading Ohio State's football team in Meyer's absence. He will be coaching the Buckeyes for the first three games of the season.
Ohio State opens its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Meyer is able to return to practice on Sept. 2. He will be able to coach in a game starting in Week 4.