What You Need to Know: Urban Meyer
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Photo: Paul Vernon/AP

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer apologizes, says he takes 'relationship violence' seriously 

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Meyer’s apology said he takes relationship violence seriously, and said it’s been “a real learning experience.”

Ohio State announced Wednesday that Meyer would be suspended for the first three games of the season after an independent investigation found he “did not exhibit the kind of leadership and high standards” the university expects. In a news conference that day, Meyer did not acknowledge Courtney Smith, the wife of then-assistant coach Zach Smith. 

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Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave after a report surfaced that he knew about allegations against Zach Smith and abuse against his wife. 

In his statement, Meyer said he was “taught at a very young age that if I ever hit a woman, I would be kicked out of the house and never welcomed back.”
“I have the same rule in my house and in the football program at Ohio State,” he said.

Meyer said he intended to “use my voice more effectively to be a part of the solution,” and he also issued a direct apology to Courtney Smith and her children.

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