Meyer's Suspension "Doesn't Make Sense"

Urban Meyer was either in the wrong or he wasn't, Rick Horrow said – and thus, he should have been fired or reinstated

August 23, 2018 - 8:17 am

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Ohio State has suspended Urban Meyer for three games for his handling of former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Meyer can return to the team Sept. 2 but will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and No. 16 TCU.

Sports business and legal insider Rick Horrow found the punishment, well, kind of odd.

“Well, it’s an issue of what he knew and when he knew it,” Horrow said on Ferrall on the Bench. “That’s the biggest issue here. I don’t think anybody should have any doubt of the culpability of the assistant coach. I don’t. Gene Smith is suspended as well. That’s the most amazing thing.”

Indeed, Smith will be suspended without pay from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16.

“How is the athletic director suspended?” Horrow asked. “Obviously it went higher up. It’s higher than the coaches themselves. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this, by the way. I really don’t. I’m going to kind of wait and see the other shoe one the next couple of days. I don’t real think it’s over.”

Horrow felt that Meyer should have been fired or reinstated.

“My instinct is it’s either a cover-up and therefore it’s not enough to do what they did suspension-wise, or it’s not – and if it’s not, you shouldn’t suspend him at all,” Horrow said. “The whole three games, it doesn’t make sense to me yet. I thought there was a good chance that he’d be fired if there was an active cover-up. I’m still not feeling good about this. . . . He’s either fired or nothing happened. The three games, it doesn’t make any sense. You do it or you don’t, and if you do it, that’s not enough.”