Urban Meyer suspension draws fire from those who think he got off light

On Wednesday, Ohio State announced that it was suspending head football coach Urban Meyer for three games after an independent investigation into what he knew about the alleged serial abuse committed by former assistant coach Zach Smith against his ex-wife Courtney.

The news comes weeks after the Brett McMurphy report that intimated that Meyer was aware of the abuse while Smith worked for him. The report contradicted a statement Meyer made at Big Ten media day the week prior disavowing knowledge of alleged abuse perpetrated by Smith in 2015.

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COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen Ohio at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: A supporter of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: A supporter of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott, speaks at a rally in support of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Jeff Hamms, organizer of a rally in support of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer, and Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, embrace at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sign a giant card for Meyer at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sign a giant card for Meyer at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer: Not as ‘accurate as I should have been’

“I did a poor job at media day,” Meyer said on Wednesday. “I was not being as completely accurate as I should have been at media day and afterward. But there was no intent to mislead.”

The McMurphy report led many to believe that Meyer deserved to be fired. When the news dropped that he would instead serve a suspension for less than a quarter of a single season, the reactions came in hot.

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He held 'em up for 11 hours over three games https://t.co/m8Y29rH0fv
Urban Meyer basically admitted he lied at media day but did not intend to mislead. https://t.co/MYSB401nTM
Wow, Ohio State Board of Trustees just released their report on Urban Meyer. Gotta admit I didn't expect much, but… https://t.co/qmeuesWGUJ
Urban Meyer was “not complete and accurate” at media day. Wow. That’s some rhetorical gymnastics. I’m not sure one… https://t.co/MHKpmX7vIl
I’m wondering what Urban Meyer learned about domestic violence through all this. “I’m sorry we’re in this situation” doesn’t cut it.
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While the internet roasted the suspension, Smith and his lawyer felt compelled to chime in.

Meanwhile, some pointed to the Ohio State situation as a symptom of a larger problem with college sports.

Other’s pointed to the fallout from the tattoo scandal of the Jim Tressel era as a sign of hypocrisy.

CBS’ Dennis Dodd stopped just short of calling the ordeal a coverup.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel questioned the priorities of those involved.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes concurred.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, an OSU alum, chose to withhold judgment.

In the end, this SpongeBob Squarepants bit succinctly summed up the frustrations of people fed up with the scandal-ridden culture of college sports.

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