Ohio State trustee resigns, believes Urban Meyer deserved harsher punishment
Not everybody was satisfied with the punishment handed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, and that includes one of the trustees who helped make the decision.
The trustee, Jeffrey Wadsworth, resigned on Thursday, telling The New York Times that the punishment for Meyer should have been more “profound.” Meyer was suspended for reportedly having knowledge of several domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistants and not following the proper protocol.
“I didn’t feel that I’d seen high-integrity behavior,” Wadsworth told The New York Times.
Wadsworth also said that he was the only trustee who advocated for a harsher punishment. However, he did not state what he wanted the punishment to be as he wanted to respect the confidential word of board members.
“Most people were concerned about whether it was a several-game suspension or not,” Wadsworth told The New York Times. “To me, there was something altogether wrong about reducing it to a couple of games.”
Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith reportedly had domestic violence allegations against him in 2009 and 2015. When those reports became public, he was fired in late July. That led to Meyer’s suspension, as well as a two-week suspension for athletic director Gene Smith.
Ohio State begins its season, without Meyer, when it plays Oregon State on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.