Buckeyes’ Urban Meyer tries to clarify suspension points

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer (right) enters a press conference as university president Michael Drake speaks at Longaberger Alumni House on the Ohio State University campus.Photo: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Meyer: "My fault was not in taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.”

One day before Ohio State plays its season-opening game against Oregon State, suspended Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer issued another statement.

Two days after the Aug. 22 press conference announcing Meyers three-game suspension, Meyer issued a statement to apologize to Courtney Smith, who had accused former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith of spousal abuse.

Friday morning, Meyer issued another statement through his personal Twitter account, attempting to clarify some points regarding his suspension that he believes have been misrepresented by the media.

The statement was long, but he made three main points:

First, I was not suspended because I knew about or condoned Zach Smiths alleged domestic abuse.

Second, as the report (from the investigation) found and President Drake said, I did not lie at Big Ten Media Days.

Third, my fault was not in taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.

Fridays statement comes one day after an Ohio State Board of Trustee member confirmed in an interview that he resigned from his post an hour after Meyers suspension was announced because he thought the punishment was too lenient.

Meyer will be suspended without pay for the opener against Oregon State on Saturday, as well as the Week 2 matchup with Rutgers and the Week 3 showdown against TCU.

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