Urban Meyer's Suspension Cost Him More Than $570K

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Urban Meyer was docked more than $570,000 as part of his three-game suspension handed down by Ohio State for the football coach's handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant coach, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY on Tuesday.

Meyer, who is eligible to return to the sideline Saturday when the Buckeyes face Tulane, lost out on $570,507.68, equal to approximately a sixth of his total annual cash compensation.

Ohio State's Board of Trustees announced Meyer was suspended three games - and six weeks total without pay - last month, although his lost salary was not disclosed until Tuesday. Meyer is scheduled to make at least $7.6 million this year, meaning the lost wages equate to about a 7.5 percent hit on his annual gross earnings.

Athletic director Gene Smith, suspended from Aug. 31-Sept. 16, lost out on $60,711, according to another document.

Fired wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who allegedly assaulted his then-wife on multiple occasions, will not receive any additional monies following his termination in July.

Julie D. Vannatta, OSU's senior associate general counsel, wrote in a letter to Zach Smith and his attorney that he was "not owed any severance or buy-out" because he was on a limited term sheet and his full contract extension had not been fully executed.

"Moreover, even if the Employment Agreement had been fully executed, Mr. Smith would have been terminated by the University under the for cause provision in Section 5.1 of the Agreement," Vannatta wrote, citing his contract's termination for cause provision. "To that end, and without waiving any legal defenses or rights, this letter serves as written notice to Mr. Smith that his effective date of termination was July 23, 2018."

Ryan Day, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, served as OSU's acting head coach the first three games this season as the Buckeyes logged victories over Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.

He is slated to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $487,000 for added duties on Sept. 30, according to a letter Gene Smith sent Day on Monday.

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