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Urban Meyer Receives Strong Message From Former Ohio State Star

Urban Meyer hyping up the Ohio State football team before a game.

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets his team ready before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State announced on Wednesday night that head football coach Urban Meyer has been given a three-game suspension following the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

Meyer will be able to return to practice on Sept. 2 following the Week 1 game against Oregon State, but he's unable to coach in a game until Week 4.

Many in the national media (and elsewhere) have criticized Meyer and the Buckeyes for how they handled this saga. Details from the investigation, provided in a 23-page report, are at times very troubling.

There are still those supporting Meyer, though. Most notably: His former players.

Former star Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, for example, tweeted the following message for his former coach shortly after the news.

"Nothing but love for (Coach Meyer)! Know you going to bounce back stronger than ever," he tweeted.

Roby is one of several former Ohio State football standouts to take to Twitter to voice their support for Meyer, who's been the Buckeyes' head coach since the 2012 season. He's gone 73-8 during those seasons.

Meyer has led Ohio State to a national championship and multiple Big Ten championships during his time in Columbus. And he'll be looking to do it again this year.

The Buckeyes enter the 2018 season ranked inside the top five. Meyer will be leading an OSU team with conference championship and national title aspirations.

Ohio State begins the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is coaching the team in the absence of Meyer. The coach's first game back will be against Tulane. His second game back will be the hyped contest at Penn State.