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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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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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