Ohio State’s Report on Urban Meyer Investigation Finds Text Message History ‘Concerning’

Urban Meyer was alerted to “a bad article” by Ohio State’s director of football operations Brian Voltolini during a practice on Aug. 1.

That story by college football reporter Brett McMurphy, claiming that Meyer was aware of 2015 domestic abuse allegations involving previously fired receivers coach Zach Smith, led to a weeks-long investigation that resulted in Wednesday’s three-game suspension for Meyer and a suspension for athletic director Gene Smith.

But it’s the conversation on the practice field that day between Meyer and Voltolini that investigators tapped by OSU’s Board of Trustees found troublesome.

“The two discussed at that time whether the media could get access to Coach Meyer’s phone, and specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted,” according to the summary of findings made public late Wednesday night.

Open-records requests have been a staple of reporting on college scandals and news organizations regularly seek text messages of coaches and other members of the athletic departments. In fact, one news organization – OSU’s school paper, The Lantern – had already made such requests nearly a week prior.

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Source: USA Today

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