Urban Meyer kept his job as Ohio State head coach, but the findings in the school’s investigation aren’t going to impress too many college football fans. One bit in the report – about Meyer’s text messages – is very concerning.
Ohio State’s report alleges that Meyer, after hearing about Brett McMurphy’s report on August 1, discussed with staffer Brian Voltolini how he could delete all texts older than a year from this phone.
The next day, when Meyer’s phone was obtained by Ohio State, it did not include text messages that were older than a year old.
Ohio State found the situation “concerning” but couldn’t prove that he’d changed the setting between August 1 and August 2. Directly from the report:
(ii) Upon seeing this report when it first came out (at about 10:17 a.m.), Brian Voltolini, who was on the practice field with Coach Meyer went to speak with him, commenting that this was “a bad article.” The two discussed at that time whether the media could get access to Coach Meyer’s phone, and specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted.
(iii) Our review of Coach Meyer’s phone revealed no messages older than one year, indicating that at the time it was obtained by OSU on August 2nd , Coach Meyer’s phone was set to retain text messages only for that period, as Coach Meyer and Brian Voltolini discussed. We cannot determine, however, whether Coach Meyer’s phone was set to retain messages only 15 for one year in response to the August 1st media report or at some earlier time.
It is nonetheless concerning that his first reaction to a negative media piece exposing his knowledge of the 2015-2016 law enforcement investigation was to worry about the media getting access to information and discussing how to delete messages older than a year.