Ohio State trustee re­signs, calls Meyer’s penalty too light

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By John Seewer and Kan­tele Franko

COLUM­BUS, OHIO » An Ohio State Univer­sity trustee who thought foot­ball coach Ur­ban Meyer de­served more than a three-game sus­pen­sion and re­signed from the board over it said Thurs­day that he was alone in ad­vo­cat­ing a stiffer penalty when trustees dis­cussed the mat­ter.

Former board chair­man Jef­frey Wadsworth re­signed af­ter Ohio State sus­pended Meyer and ath­letic direc­tor Gene Smith last week fol­low­ing a two-week in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which found they had tol­er­ated bad be­hav­ior for years from a now-fired as­sis­tant coach also ac­cused of but not charged with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“Since I fun­da­men­tally dis­agree with the out­come it would be hyp­o­crit­i­cal of me to con­tinue as a Trustee,” Wadsworth told board chair­man Michael Gasser in an Aug. 22 email, the day of the sus­pen­sion, and re­leased by the univer­sity on Thurs­day.

Wadsworth told Gasser he heard enough in the meet­ing that day that he didn’t want “to be a party, through en­dors­ing to­day’s de­ci­sion or re­main­ing on the Board, to im­plic­itly or ex­plic­itly sup­port cur­rent or fu­ture ac­tions

on such is­sues.”

Wadsworth told the New York Times on Thurs­day he felt Meyer hadn’t demon­strated “high-in­tegrity be­hav­ior” and that the find­ings of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “raisedan

is­sue of stan­dards, val­ues — not how many games some­one should be sus­pended for.”

Thefind­ings in­cluded that Meyer should have told univer­sity of­fi­cials about domes-

tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions made against the as­sis­tant in 2015 and that Meyer in­ten­tion­ally mis­led re­porters about what he knew when asked about the mat­ter this sum­mer.

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