Urban Meyer said Monday that J.T. Barrett did not face a mandatory suspension per school rules and he used past punishments as a guide for discipline for his starting quarterback.
Barrett will be suspended for one game and has lost his scholarship for this semester, a privilege that Meyer said Barrett will have to earn back. The fourth-year Ohio State coach said he tried to gather all the facts and spoke to a number of people before reaching a decision on Barrett’s punishment.
At this time, Barrett is still a captain but Meyer said he hasn’t made a final decision on that status. He’ll also face some university punishment for his actions.
“He has to do counseling and some other things through the university, and that will be done,” Meyer said.
Meyer called the drunk driving a “horrible” decision and said Barrett will have to deal with some things he’s never had to face before. He said protecting his name is the toughest thing Barrett will have to deal with. Also said he and everyone else in the program is trying to help him.
He added that Barrett came to his house on Saturday and was “blown away, devastated.” Meyer said Barrett feels like he let the team down.
Other updates from Meyer are as follows:
Dontre Wilson and Parris Campbell are questionable and Johnnie Dixon will not play this week. Said he had microfracture and it will be a couple of weeks.
Meyer was asked about what coaches do to make sure they’re peaking at the right time just as their players hope to. He said it’s a product of knowing your personnel and making sure the coaching staff is meshing well.
Meyer said he’s happy that Michigan will be a noon kickoff but said the team’s focus is on Minnesota.
There hasn’t been much discussion yet about what Ohio State will do in the red zone. Meyer said Braxton Miller will be the quarterback if something happens to Cardale Jones. “There’s no question he’s our No. 2,” he said.