Urban Meyer releases statement ahead of return to Buckeyes

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FILE – In this April 15, 2017, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from behind the line of scrimmage during their NCAA college spring football game in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer said he thought last season’s team made it to the playoffs a year ahead of schedule. With Barrett running the offense and […]

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer has released a statement on the day of his official return to the team.

Meyer released the statement on Twitter saying, “I’m working to make sure I do a better job every day as a leader.”

Meyer also wrote that his time away from the Buckeyes gave him a chance to learn from the events leading up to his suspension.

“What I’ve learned from this experience will make me a better manager and a better leader. I’m working to ensure I do a better job,” Meyer said in the statement. 

Meyer completed his three-game suspension for mismanaging domestic-abuse allegations and other misconduct by former assistant Zach Smith. Meyer was able to take part in practice the last two weeks, but will be back on the sideline when the Buckeyes play their final non-conference game at home next Saturday.

Meyer also thanked Ryan Day, the other coaches and the players for their performance during his suspension. 

“We’re just so excited to get coach back,” Day said after the Buckeyes win over the 16th ranked TCU Hornfrogs on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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