Ohio State football: Urban Meyer is back to work
Urban Meyer is back on the job as Ohio State football head coach.
Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed Monday that Meyer arrived about 6:15 a.m. and was at work inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was his first full day of work since first being put on paid administrative leave Aug.1 and then on suspension without pay Aug.22 in the wake the university’s investigation of his handling of fired assistant coach Zach Smith and domestic abuse claims brought by Smith’s ex-wife. Meyer had been allowed to meet with the team and assistant coaches briefly on Aug.23.
Not that his penalty is done. Meyer missed the season-opening, 77-31 win over Oregon State two days ago and will not be allowed to take part on game day Saturday for the Big Ten opener with Rutgers or for the game against Texas Christian on Sept.15 in Arlington, Texas.
Under the direction of acting head coach Ryan Day -- with the aid of coordinators Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson, and football performance coordinator Mickey Marotti -- the beat went on without Meyer, senior receiver and co-captain Parris Campbell said.
“Honestly, I’d grade us an A-plus” in the way the situation was handled, Campbell said. “I feel like -- I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but any other team, they may have not performed like this after such a preseason. But it’s a great feeling (in the aftermath of the opening win).
“I think the leaders took it by the horns and just tried to lead and tried to drive the whole entire team, and I think, obviously, we did it. It was a lot to overcome, but we stayed strong, stayed as a brotherhood, and it was good.”
Meyer won’t meet with the media probably until Sept.17, the first working day of the week headed toward the home game with Tulane when he first will be allowed to return to the sideline. Day and defensive coordinator Schiano are scheduled again to answers questions from the media Monday.