Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Meyer, AD Met with Players after Suspensions

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Meyer, AD Met with Players after Suspensions

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Meyer, AD met with players after suspensions

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's current suspension and previous paid leave have restricted him from talking football with his staff and athletes during August with one exception -- a team meeting the day after the suspension was announced.

Meyer and athletics director Gene Smith were allowed to meet with the players and coaches for about 45 minutes last Thursday, according to emails sent to Meyer by the senior vice president for human resources, Susan Basso.

The emails outlining the details of Meyer's suspension were obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through an open records request and first reported by Ohio State's campus newspaper, The Lantern. Meyer can't attend practices, meetings or official events, and can't conduct any business related to being head coach.

Meyer and Smith were suspended over their handling of a now-fired assistant coach who was accused of domestic violence. Meyer resumes some coaching duties Monday but can't coach during the first three games. He will be allowed to run practices after the team's first game.

Meyer's sideline substitute for the first three games will be 39-year-old co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, a second-year Ohio State assistant who has never before been a head coach but has been filling in while Meyer is out. (AP)

Wimbush to start at QB for Irish - Brandon Wimbush won't need to look over his shoulder Saturday night when No. 12 Notre Dame hosts No. 14 Michigan in the season opener for both teams.

Coach Brian Kelly reiterated the senior is his No. 1 quarterback.

"Brandon's our starter," Kelly said Tuesday. "We're going to go into the game that he needs to win the game for us."

Last season, Wimbush started 12 games during Notre Dame's 10-3 campaign and finished with 803 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns and 1,870 yards and 16 TDs through the air despite a 49 percent completion rate. …

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