New Details Emerge About Urban Meyer’s Suspension. They’ll Shake Ohio State To The Core
Ohio State insider Jeff Snook recently shared some details about Urban Meyer’s suspension, and it sounds like the majority of trustees had the legendary coach’s back.
Meyer was slapped with a three-game suspension for his handling of fired coach Zach Smith after allegations of domestic abuse. According to Snook, he might not have been suspended at all if it weren’t for OSU president Michael Drake. (RELATED: URBAN ME
Snook reported, in part:
The reason for the impasse and duration of the meeting was simple: While the “majority” of the board wanted one outcome; Drake wanted another. And hour after hour, neither faction would budge and opinions didn’t change. The board could not change Drake’s mind about issuing suspensions. In turn, Drake had trouble convincing the board collectively that either Meyer or Gene Smith deserved one, especially without pay.
“It was exhausting, we were all dead tired,” one said. “It was nerve-wracking, too.”
In the end, around 9 p.m., it became obvious to all that the president had won the battle. He would announce a three-game suspension for Meyer and a 17-day suspension for Gene Smith, to be served Aug. 31–Sept. 16, at a press conference set for 9:45 p.m.
You can read the whole report below.
This seems to line up pretty well with what a lot of people close to the situation were saying at the time he was suspended. There were plenty of whispers that the board of trustees felt Meyer shouldn’t be punished at all because they felt he didn’t do anything wrong. That seems to be exactly what Snook has reported here. It’s not exactly a great sign when the “majority” of trustees have an opinion that is vastly different from the president.
I have no idea what Urban Meyer did and didn’t know. The only person who knows that is Meyer himself. Having said that, you’re a fool if you honestly thought there weren’t people inside OSU that wouldn’t do anything to protect him. He could murder somebody and not be on the hot seat in the eyes of some people as long as he keeps winning. That’s just the world of college football that we live in. I’m not saying that you have to agree with it or like it, but it’s the truth.
Now, we’ll see if OSU can put this situation behind them as they go forward. If he wins a national title this year, the last thing people will be thinking about is his three-game suspension.