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New Details In Urban Meyer Saga Reveal It Might Not Be Over

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)

The Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga appeared to wrap up last week, as the Buckeyes announced a suspension for the head coach and the school's athletic director, Gene Smith.

It might not be all the way over, though.

Ohio State's 23-page report on the investigation into Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against Smith revealed that text messages older than a year had been deleted on the Buckeyes' head coach's phone.

The Associated Press is now reporting that there might be questions around the legality of this move by Meyer.

From the report:

Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach.

Ohio State suspended Meyer for three games after investigators concluded he mishandled Zach Smith’s repeated professional and behavioral problems and instead protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. Among the many questions raised by the investigation into the highly successful coach of the fifth-ranked Buckeyes was how he responded when the story broke.

The investigation, though, was unable to prove if Meyer did this directly as a result to any breaking news stories.

Regardless, it feels like this saga is far from over. Stay tuned.