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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, athletic director Gene Smith suspended

Posted: 7:26 PM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 01:26:10Z

Ohio State has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for three games for failing to take sufficient management action relating to former assistant coach Zach Smith's misconduct.

Ohio State announced the decision Wednesday night after an investigation into his handling of accusations of domestic violence made against Zach Smith, a longtime assistant coach.

Smith was accused by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith of physical abuse. Zach Smith was fired last month after she asked a judge for a protective order.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended from Aug. 31-Sept. 16. Smith served as Arizona State's athletic director from 2000-05.

"I want to apologize to Buckeye Nation. I followed my heart and not my head," Meyer said.

Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU.