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Old Report Reveals Urban Meyer Had Brain Surgery In 2014

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)

One of the biggest criticisms of the full Ohio State report, detailing the findings of its investigation into Urban Meyer and his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, was the "memory loss" portion.

The 23-page report stated that Meyer has at times dealt with memory loss and has taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory.

"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," the report read.

The "memory loss" angle was mocked by many.

Eleven Warriors, though, has pointed out that Meyer has actually had serious brain issues in the past. He had brain surgery in 2014.

"Last night, many outside of Columbus were quick to mock the memory gaps outlined in Ohio State's report. This may provide context," Eleven Warriors tweeted.

"This from our reporting in March 2014."

It seems like this Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga is still far from over. Stay tuned.