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Urban Meyer. Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was suspended by the school for the first three games of the season after it was alleged that a coach on his staff had been abusing his wife while still employed by the team.

The big picture: The suspension will likely serve as the biggest penalty Meyer and Ohio State will face as part of the punishment for keeping the coach on his staff, Ralph Russo of the AP reports. This runs in contrast to a handful of other incidents where schools and athletes have lost scholarships, wins, titles and trophies from scandal.

Between the lines: It isn't unprecedented for the NCAA to punish schools following misconduct by a team or team member, including the coaching staff.

  • USC’s football and basketball programs both had wins vacated by the NCAA after it was revealed that two star players received improper benefits from school boosters.
  • Louisville's basketball program was forced to vacate its 2013 championship after news broke that recruiters used escorts to recruit some prospects.

Up to 36 schools could be implicated in a two-year FBI investigation into schools allegedly funneling money from shoe companies to ensure players signed with those companies when they turned pro, ESPN reported in February.

But every school isn’t always punished in the same ways for similar crimes.

Here's why: The NCAA's policies are intended to legislate fairness and competition, not the law. Russo writes, "Issues outside that...are mostly out of bounds to the NCAA."

Yes, but: Critics argue that the organization has passed on liability as a way to protect itself from potential litigation. The NCAA has penalized some schools for issues with the law in the past, as well.

What to watch: The NCAA is investigating Michigan State University after it was alleged that 14 school officials knew of reported sexual abuse by former school doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual assault.

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The rebellion against Silicon Valley (the place)

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images

Silicon Valley may be a "state of mind," but it's also very much a real enclave in Northern California. Now, a growing faction of the tech industry is boycotting it.

Why it matters: The Bay Area is facing for the first time the prospect of losing its crown as the top destination for tech workers and startups — which could have an economic impact on the region and force it to reckon with its local issues.

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Telework's tax mess

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As teleworkers flit from city to city, they're creating a huge tax mess.

Why it matters: Our tax laws aren't built for telecommuting, and this new way of working could have dire implications for city and state budgets.

Wanted: New media bosses, everywhere

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, HuffPost and Wired are all looking for new editors. Soon, The New York Times will be too.

Why it matters: The new hires will reflect a new generation — one that's addicted to technology, demands accountability and expects diversity to be a priority.

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