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Details Emerge From Urban Meyer's Meeting With Players Last Week

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)

Ohio State officially announced last Wednesday night its punishment for head football coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion has been suspended for the first three games of the season. Meyer can return to practice on Sept. 2.

The Buckeyes' players have been without Meyer for basically the entire month. He was placed on paid administrative leave at the beginning of August pending the results of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

Meyer was able to meet with his Ohio State players for the first time on Thursday, following the news of his suspension.

Interim coach Ryan Day detailed on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference call how that meeting went.

"The guys were happy to see him. There was a lot of hugs. He was giving them an update of what was going on and talking about moving forward. That was the gist of it," Day told reporters.

Ohio State's practices have reportedly been lively in the absence of Meyer. The Buckeyes' players haven't seemed to be too affected by everything that's been going on outside of the facility, but that could change once the games begin.

The schedule isn't too tough during Meyer's suspension, though it could be a factor in Week 3 against TCU. That appears to be the one game the Buckeyes could lose during his three-game suspension. The Horned Frogs will be good and the game is in Texas.

OSU is set to open its season on Saturday against Oregon State. Meyer is able to return to practice the following day. He'll be back coaching in games Week 4, one week prior to the major showdown against Penn State in State College, Pa.

Ohio State has opened the season ranked inside the top five. The Buckeyes, despite Meyer's punishment, are a Big Ten and national title favorite.