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Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer did Friday evening what he was criticized for failing to do at a Wednesday news conference announcing his three-game suspension: apologize to Courtney Smith. The national media chastised Meyer over the past two days for what seemed to be a lack of empathy for the ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, and he issued a two-paragraph statement on Twitter with the aid of Ohio State's athletics communications office to try to make amends. Meyer was suspended by the university after a two-week investigation for his mishandling of domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. In his Friday apology posted on Twitter, he said he was sorry to all women, men and families impacted by abuse. "Let me say here and now what I should have sai...
Ohio State investigation of Urban Meyer, football program to end Sunday

Ohio State investigation of Urban Meyer, football program to end Sunday

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Ohio State officials announced on Friday evening that its investigation involving the Buckeyes' football program and head coach Urban Meyer will be completed on Sunday as planned. The investigators will share their findings with the university's Board of Trustees in an executive session next week. Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 after the ex-wife of former assistant coach Zach Smith accused Meyer of mishandling domestic assault allegations she made against Smith. Ohio State appointed the special working group to review the allegations on Aug. 5 and said the investigation would be completed in two weeks. University president Michael Drake and the Board of Trustees will determine what action is needed after hearing the results of the investigation. The universi...
Ohio State Buckeyes LB Jerome Baker opts to enter 2018 NFL Draft

Ohio State Buckeyes LB Jerome Baker opts to enter 2018 NFL Draft

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Ohio State junior Jerome Baker, an athletic linebacker with first-round potential, announced Monday he is entering the NFL Draft. NFLDraftScout.com lists him as the top outside linebacker in the junior class with a first- or second-round grade. Baker, however, was a bit disappointing this season, when he made 72 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks. NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang wrote of Baker: "Quick passes to backs and tight ends are forcing defensive coordinators to find athletic linebackers who can cover with many willing to sacrifice size for speed. Because of this fact, Baker has a chance to earn an early selection. "That said, one shouldn't have to search for linebackers on tape and all too often that has been the case with Baker. No one denies that he posse...
Bill banning Down syndrome abortions heads to Ohio governor

Bill banning Down syndrome abortions heads to Ohio governor

Health
In one of their last acts of the year, Ohio lawmakers moved Wednesday to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome and sent the measure to Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is likely to sign it. Two states, Indiana and North Dakota, already have passed laws like the one that Ohio is advancing, touching off an emotional debate over women's rights, parental love and the relationship between doctor and patient. The Indiana measure, enacted in 2016, has been blocked by a federal judge, who ruled the state has no authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy. An appeal by state officials is pending. The 2013 North Dakota law has not been challenged. The state's sole abortion clinic, in Fargo, says the issue hasn't arisen under its policy of not performing abortions after...