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Bernstein: Meyer, Ohio State Demand More Questions

Ohio State isn't allowed to unilaterally declare this ugly scandal over.

Dan Bernstein
August 23, 2018 - 2:20 pm

(670 The Score) That was a neat little trick Ohio State pulled off Wednesday night, holding their pep rally of a press conference before releasing the full report into the myriad misdeeds of football coach Urban Meyer.

"Buckeye Nation" got its apology for something undefined, the actual victim was all but erased from earthly existence, the ugly and dangerous reality of domestic violence was abstracted into just another challenge for a team to overcome and the football program moved much closer to business as usual.

Then we got to read what actually occurred, and having the full picture now means that those same reporters have a great deal more to ask, holding a public university accountable for what tax dollars have actually been funding in Columbus. Meyer is sure to fall back behind flimsy deflections and prepared talking points now, as PR lickspittles yelp "football questions only!"

The hell with that.

Follow these people down hallways and stake out their cars in lots. Ask them at any opportunity to explain some of the damning details contained in the 23 pages finally made available after the Ohio State rats had scurried back into their damp darkness.

Why when assistant coach Zach Smith was suspected of domestic violence in 2015 didn't Meyer tell athletic Gene Smith about Zach Smith's 2009 accusation? And from the school's perspective, why is that not a problem?

Why did Meyer lie about a 2009 meeting he claimed to have had with Zach and Courtney Smith in which he said she recanted her allegations? She never met with him, and Meyer made it up from whole cloth. Does Ohio State care that he did that, and did that falsehood influence the school's decisions in 2015 and beyond?

Why in the wake of Brett McMurphy's reporting did Meyer and his director of football operations discuss how to delete text messages from his phone? Why were investigators then unable to retrieve messages older than one year? Why would a person with nothing to hide do that?

What medication is causing Meyer's "significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events?" For what is he taking that medication, and why doesn't it seem to affect him similarly during the recruiting process, in game preparation or during game action? Is this an indication of a significant underlying health problem, and what's the degree of concern?

And that's just four points from the start.

Ohio State isn't allowed to just declare an end to questions unilaterally so the news cycle can advance beyond this enough for football to subsume the story. As occurred with Larry Nassar at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, reporters never stopped reporting until powerful and bad people were forced to answer, with outlets sending more resources and more experienced investigative pros to broaden and deepen the work.

That has to happen here, too. Ohio State tried the equivalent of fleeing the interview, and it's now up to those who were stood up and stonewalled to make the next move by not letting them get away with it quite so easily. Keep making people uncomfortable by asking these perfectly reasonable questions and more.

The days will fly fast before the inevitable spectacle of Meyer's return to the Horseshoe for the roaring standing ovation that will sicken any critical thinker and insult a victim of domestic violence all over again, as powerfully as ever.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​