Ohio State’s Meyer decision looms: 5 Buckeye State coaches who’ve lost jobs


The Ohio State University is expected this week to announce its decision about football coach Urban Meyer’s future.

Meyer, whose team won a national championship in 2015, has been on administrative leave since Aug. 1 for his actions regarding a former assistant coach he fired earlier.

The panel investigating Meyer’s actions involving former receivers coach Zach Smith and allegations by Smith’s wife of his domestic abuse completed its work this past weekend.

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Meyer is the latest coach or manager of an Ohio sports team to have his future placed in doubt by controversy. Five others include:

•Jim Tressel: The last OSU football coach to win a national title before Meyer, Tressel resigned in May 2011 after an investigation that started when his players were found selling memorabilia at a tattoo parlor.

The resignation ended Tressel’s 10 seasons with the Buckeyes.

•Bob Huggins: In August 2005, Huggins tenure at the head of the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball program effectively ended following a DUI arrest.

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That’s when UC President Nancy L. Zimpher gave Huggins an ultimatum to resign and take a buyout or be reassigned outside the athletic department.

His 16-year tenure at helm of the Bearcats program was marked by highs and lows that saw the team return to national prominence and UC being placed on NCAA probation for a lack of institutional control.

•Jim O’Brien: The OSU men’s basketball coach was fired in June 2004 after an investigation into possible recruiting violations.

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The coach, who led the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 1999, was let go after he said he gave a recruit $6,000. O’Brien later won a lawsuit when a judge ruled O’Brien was improperly fired.

•Ralph Underhill: The 18-year tenure of the winningest coach in Wright State University’s men’s basketball history ended after a November 1996 shoplifting arrest at a Beavercreek Meijer.

Underhill led the program to 356 wins, including a NCAA Division II National Championship in the 1982-83 season. When the program moved to Division I, he earned its first NCAA Tournament bid.

•Pete Rose: Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in hits lost his job as manager of the Cincinnati Reds when he was banned from the sport in 1989 in connection with betting on the game.

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The Cincinnati native played most of his career in that city, was a two-time Most Valuable Player, one of baseball’s most colorful figures and a main cog in The Big Red Machine that won two World Series.

He was hired as Reds player/manager in 1984. The banishment was labeled “a sad end to a sorry episode” by baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who died of a heart attack the following week.

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