After nearly 12 hours of deliberation, Ohio State's board of trustees came to a decision on head coach Urban Meyer's job status Wednesday night. Meyer has been suspended three games and will not be paid during that time. School AD Gene Smith has also been suspended.
Meyer's suspension essentially is a result of keeping former wide receivers coach Zach Smith employed despite the fact that he was not "performing as an appropriate role model."
Here's Ohio State's official reasoning:
“Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who wasn’t performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes."
So which games is Meyer missing? Two games the Buckeyes should be favored in regardless - at home against Oregon State and at home against Rutgers.
Then there's TCU down in Texas, in week three. That's the toughest game the Buckeyes will have to win in Meyer's absence.
If Ohio State can win all three games without Meyer, there's no reason they can't be a national title contender.
Ohio State kicks off its season against Oregon State on September 1.