When Urban Meyer saw his phone light up early last Thursday morning, he thought it was a little peculiar.
Upon answering and learning his co-defensive coordinator and good friend Greg Schiano ran a red light and hit a bicyclist with his vehicle at the corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, his heart sank. A tough situation—especially for the 26-year-old Ohio State student that went to the hospital but has since been released—Meyer said he saw remorse from Schiano.
“[He was] devastated,” Meyer said on Wednesday when asked if he felt Schiano had been troubled by the incident in the following days. “I don't want to get too much into it but Greg, I don't know if you guys—obviously you know him as well as I do. That broke his heart.”
The city of Columbus cited Schiano with failure to control his vehicle on Wednesday, a minor misdemeanor. He is due in court next Wednesday at 9 a.m. and faces a $55 fine in addition to $97 fee for court charges.
Schiano has not been made available to the Ohio State media since after the Buckeyes defeated Bowling Green 77-10 on Sept. 3. He went to work after the collision and continues to coach for Ohio State.
“When I got the phone call I was, 'whoa,'” Meyer said while tossing his head back in shock. “I don't want to say much more other than our prayers are with the young person.”
An Ohio State spokesman expressed a similar sentiment Thursday night to Eleven Warriors when asked for comment.
Schiano is set to coach on Saturday when Ohio State hosts Rutgers. Kickoff is set for noon.