Ohio State Hands out Suspensions for Domestic Abuse Scandal

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In the state of Ohio, the penalty for domestic violence ranges from 60 days to three years in prison. For Ohio State University, the penalty for covering up such violence has been determined as a three-game suspension.

Following a 14-day investigation, the University has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer without pay for the team’s first three games and the Athletic Director until September 16.

On July 23, Brett McMurphy released a report on Facebook where he talked to Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of the former wide receivers coach at OSU, about her abusive relationship she had with her ex-husband. Zach Smith was fired shortly after the release of this article with no official reason given.

Meyer denied any knowledge of these events following the initial breaking of the news; however, in a statement released via his twitter account on August 3, Meyer admitted that he did have knowledge Smith’s of abuse allegations from 2009 while the two coaches were both at the University of Florida. However, he claimed that he followed all appropriate protocols in reporting the incident.

Over the next few weeks, text message conversations emerged showing that Courtney Smith had notified Meyer’s wife of these incidents, but Zach Smith still kept his job. As more detailed information became available about these allegations, which included multiple reports of domestic abuse, it became apparent that Meyer’s job was in jeopardy.

As an eleven-hour meeting by the board of trustees came to a conclusion, these modest punishments were announced to the outrage of many.

“It is silly that Urban Meyer gets a three-game suspension when North Carolina players got suspended four for selling shoes,” said Sam Schott, Senior.

“I think the university did the right thing by suspending Urban and stuff, but I think that Urban could have done a lot of things better. The University could have suspended him longer,” said Jayme Hollimion, Senior.

Even though the investigation has now reached its conclusion, not much has been resolved. College football now has one of its premier programs coached by a man involved in a major scandal, with little punishment to show for it.