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Urban Meyer Sent This Text Message To His Agent Before Big 10 Media Days

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga mostly started at his press conference at Big Ten Media Days, when he brushed off questions about the former wide receivers coach and an incident that took place in 2015.

The Ohio State head coach said at his press conference on Wednesday night that if he had handled his press conference better, the situation could be different.

Meyer, whether he flat-out lied, misremembered or didn't understand the questioning, clearly did not handle Big Ten Media Days as well as he could have.

The Ohio State head coach was texting with Buckeyes' administrators and his agent prior to that Big Ten Media Days press conference, though.

A text message Meyer sent to his agent before his Big Ten Media Days press conference was revealed in the school's report on the investigation.

Meyer told his agent that he fired Zach Smith for cumulative stuff and he would not be going into full details while speaking to the media at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

"[Zach] was fired for cumulative stuff. I will not tell [the] media," Meyer said in a text message to his agent, per the report.

Meyer now finds himself suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season without pay. He is eligible to return to practice on Sept. 2 following the Week 1 game against Oregon State.

The Buckeyes will be led by interim coach Ryan Day in Meyer's absence until then. Ohio State's athletic director, Gene Smith, has also been suspended for two weeks.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State enter the 2018 season ranked inside the top five. The Buckeyes are Big Ten and national title favorites.