After Urban Meyer Suspension, Some at Ohio State See a Culture of Sports Above All
Its board, which approved the suspension in consultation with the president, is filled with business leaders, including Timothy P. Smucker of the Smucker’s jelly family; Gary R. Heminger, chief executive of Marathon Petroleum; and Cheryl L. Krueger, the founder of a cookie empire.
Aside from a hit on the university’s psyche, the scandals could take a financial toll as well.
Lawsuits stemming from abuse cases have led to multimillion-dollar settlements at other universities. Earlier this year, Michigan State set aside $500 million to settle with hundreds of victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, a university physician who sexually abused hundreds of young women, including prominent gymnasts. A few years ago, Penn State agreed to settlements totaling nearly $100 million with more than 30 victims of the former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of sexually assaulting boys.
Still, many in the Ohio State community simply want to move on, believing the university properly handled a challenging problem.
Preston Newkirk, 18, an engineering student, said the university had struck the right balance by holding Mr. Meyer accountable.
“I think Ohio State handled it well, which is why I don’t think people will change how they feel about the university,” Mr. Newkirk said.
Terry Casey, a veteran political consultant and Ohio State alumnus, said he hoped the scandal would be viewed as a learning experience.
“My sense of Columbus is that people love the Buckeyes, but they also recognize, in this era of ‘me too,’ these things must be handled seriously and appropriately,” Mr. Casey said. “People who are Ohio State graduates, like me, they don’t want Ohio State just viewed as a football factory.”