Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer was suspended for three games without pay after an investigation into what he knew about spousal abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, the university announced Wednesday night.
Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith was also suspended without pay from Aug. 31-Sept. 16.
“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 relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an assistant coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes,” the school said in a statement.
The announcement followed an 11-hour meeting by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
“I should have done more and I am sorry for that,” Meyer told reporters at a news conference Wednesday night.
Meyer will miss the No. 5 Buckeyes’ games against Oregon State, Rutgers and No. 16 TCU.
Ryan Day will continue to serve as interim coach, as he has done since Aug. 1, when Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave pending its investigation results.
Ohio State fired Smith on July 23, three days after he was served with a civil protection order on behalf of his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.