Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been suspended three games to start the 2018 season. The head coach was suspended after a lengthy discussion between the university’s board of trustees after it was determined that he had previous knowledge of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
But perhaps the most interesting thing to stem from the investigation by Ohio State is that the Buckeyes may have determined Meyer is suffering from some significant memory-loss issues.
The report states:
” 3. We accept that in July 2018 Coach Meyer was deeply absorbed in football season and wanted to focus on football at Big Ten Media Days. The firing of Zach Smith the day before – the first time Coach Meyer had fired a coach – was also on his mind, as was the erroneous media report of a felony arrest of Zach Smith in 2015. We also learned during the investigation that Coach Meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events. He has also periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration, and focus. All of these factors also need to be considered and weighed in assessing Coach Meyer’s mindset on July 24th.”
He was ultimately suspended for failing to take significant action against Smith.
“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,”a statement from the university said.
“I am fully aware of the situation that has harmed the university as a whole. I followed by heart, not my head. I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t know everything about what Zach Smith was doing. I should have recognized the red flags,” Meyer said in a statement, via college football insider Brett McMurphy. “Most of what I know about Zach Smith is work related. The biggest regret is I wish I knew more. If so, I would have taken action much quicker.”
The Buckeyes kick off their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Oregon State. There is no word on whether Ohio State will have Meyer back on the sidelines or whether he will ultimately cave and begin serving a suspension.