Meyer Suspended 3 Games, Gene Smith Suspended 17 Days

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University has suspended Head Football Coach Urban Meyer for three games, and Athletics Director Gene Smith has been suspended for 17 days.

The suspensions are a result of an investigation into Meyer's knowledge of a domestic violence incident from 2015, involving former Wide Receivers Coach Zach Smith.

The OSU Board of Trustees met for over 10 hours on Wednesday to discuss the situation, with an independent investigative team putting together the information that led to the suspensions.

The leader of the independent investigation, Mary Jo White, indicated that Meyer misrepresented what he knew about the incident at Big Ten media Days in July, but did not intend to.

Smith acknowledged that he did not show proper leadership in the situation.

Meyer also acknowledged that Smith being his mentor, former Head Coach Earle Bruce's grandson, had an effect on how he treated him. "I followed my heart not my head. I fell short in pursuing full  information because at each juncture I gave Zach Smith the benefit of  the doubt."

Zach Smith was fired in July, after a report from Brett McMurphy indicated Meyer knew about the 2015 incident. That report cited text messages between Zach's ex-wife Courtney and Meyer's wife Shelley.

Meyer also apologized to "Buckeye Nation" for what happened.

Meyer's suspension affect the Ohio State Football games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU. His suspension would end for the game against Tulane.

Gene Smith's suspension is effective August 31st, through September 16th.

(photo via Getty Images)

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