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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Urban Meyer statement on OSU penalties

By Brian Bennett

New Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has issued a statement about the penalties handed down by the NCAA. Meyer had told recruits not to expect anything more than what the school had self-imposed, but the NCAA added a bowl ban in 2012 and more scholarship cuts.

Here is Meyer's statement:
“I agreed to become the head football coach at The Ohio State University because Shelley and I are Ohio natives, I am a graduate of this wonderful institution and served in this program under a great coach. I understand the academic and athletic traditions here and will give great effort to continue those traditions.

“It is still my goal to hire excellent coaches, recruit great student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and to win on and off the field. The NCAA penalties will serve as a reminder that the college experience does not include the behavior that led to these penalties. I expect all of us to work hard to teach and develop young student-athletes to grow responsibly and to become productive citizens in their communities upon graduation.”