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.