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Urban Meyer apologizes for ‘words and demeanor’ on Wednesday

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He also formally apologizes to Courtney Smith and her children.

NCAA Football: Ohio State-Urban Meyer Press Conference Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State learned the fate of Urban Meyer late on Wednesday evening, with the football coach having to serve a three-game suspension. After 12 hours of deliberation by the Board of Trustees and university president Michael V. Drake, the latter, along with Gene Smith and Urban Meyer held a press conference about the decision.

Meyer read from his notes in his opening statement and then was open to a barrage of questions. He twice asked the reporter asking a question to repeat it, and Gene Smith jumped in with a reply on occasion.

Near the end of the press conference, he was asked what he would say to Courtney Smith, to which Meyer replied:

“Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation. And, um ... I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”

It was a pretty weak statement, and didn’t even include Smith’s name. On Friday evening, Meyer apologized for his “words and demeanor” as well as re-issued an answer, and apology, to Courtney Smith and her children in a statement released on Twitter.