Dec 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines during the game against the Southern California Trojans in the 2017 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State made people wait. A very long time, in fact, even just in terms of today; as OSU power-brokers met to decide the fate of Urban Meyer, their deliberations dragged from morning to night. Literally:

To reiterate, the meeting was an effort to figure out just what to do with Meyer, who has denied any knowledge of long-time assistant Zach Smith being accused of domestic violence. The three sides (the board of trustees, the university president, and Meyer) were reportedly at odds.

Then, in a hastily-arranged 8:50 PM news conference, Ohio State announced the outcome of those meetings: Urban Meyer will serve a three-game suspension this season.

And in addition, athletic director Gene Smith was also suspended for a seventeen-day period from August 31st through September 16th. Ohio State’s statement on the matter seems to attempt to walk a very fine line:

So, essentially, Ohio State is saying that Meyer and Smith didn’t condone or cover up Smith’s behavior, but also that they did know about it and let him stay on the staff. That’s certainly a very fine line, and it’s difficult to determine exactly how they’re separating those actions.

But, Meyer won’t be on the sidelines for Ohio State’s first three games. That’s certainly something.

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