Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s current suspension and previous paid leave have restricted him from talking football with his staff and athletes during August with one exception — a team meeting the day after the suspension was announced.
Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith were allowed to meet with the players and coaches for about 45 minutes last Thursday, according to emails sent to Meyer by the senior vice president for human resources, Susan Basso.
The emails outlining the details of Meyer’s suspension were obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday through an open records request and first reported by Ohio State’s campus newspaper, the Lantern. Meyer can’t attend practices, meetings or official events, and can’t conduct any business related to being head coach. He also will lose six weeks of salary — approximately $500,000 — in a year he is slated to earn $7.6 million under a deal that runs through 2022.
Meyer and Smith were suspended over their handling of a now-fired assistant coach who was accused of domestic violence. Meyer resumes some coaching duties Monday but can’t coach during the first three games. He will be allowed to run practices after the team’s first game.
Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith met with the team on Thursday. Meyer received written details of the suspension on Sunday, four days after the discipline was announced publicly. At 5:53 p.m. Monday, Meyer was sent an email from Basso confirming that the Thursday meeting — “in order to apologize to the team” — had been authorized.
Vandy player suspended
Vanderbilt sophomore safety Zaire Jones has been suspended for the Commodores’ season opener with Middle Tennessee after being arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against an off-duty police officer.
Jones was arrested Aug. 23 and released on $10,000 bond. According to a court affidavit, he was trying to drive around a barricade near Vanderbilt Stadium hours before a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert when stopped by an off-duty police officer working security. Jones hit Charles Harrison’s left knee with the front corner of his car before parking nearby.
UConn to honor victim
The family of a student killed in the Parkland high school shooting will attend the season-opening football game between the University of Connecticut, where he was admitted posthumously, and the University of Central Florida.
UConn says its marching band, which 14-year-old Alex Schachter hoped to join, will play his favorite song, Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” Thursday and spell out the name “Alex” on the field.
Alex was killed in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He had planned to apply to UConn and play trombone.