Urban Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season without pay as a result of Ohio State's findings from its investigation into how the head coach handled domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
The news, surprising at the time, was announced on Wednesday night. That news has become less surprising since Ohio State's full report on the investigation has been released.
One aspect of the investigation was what was known between Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley Meyer. Brett McMurphy's report alleged that Shelley Meyer had been texting with Zach Smith's ex-wife about the allegations.
Urban Meyer denied at Wednesday night's press conference having knowledge of the text messages sent to Shelley Meyer from Courtney Smith. Shelley Meyer also said this was the case while speaking to investigators.
However, a text message revealed in the investigation does show that Urban and Shelley did at one point converse via text message about Zach Smith.
The text message was sent on July 23 to Urban from Shelley.
"I am worried about Zach’s response. He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already," the text reportedly said.
Here's the text message on the report:
Zach Smith was fired by Urban Meyer toward the end of July. Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1.
Urban Meyer can start coaching Ohio State's practices on Sept. 2. He cannot return to sideline until the Buckeyes' fourth game.