Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer put on leave, investigation opened

REPORT Urban Meyer Was Told About Domestic Violence By Asst. in 2015 Which He Denied at B1G Media Day

REPORT Urban Meyer Was Told About Domestic Violence By Asst. in 2015 Which He Denied at B1G Media Day

Ohio State University's statement reads as such: "The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter".

The announcement was made hours after the ex-wife of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith alleged publicly that she told Meyer's wife in 2015 that Smith had assaulted her.

Two weeks after the October 25, 2015 incident, a November 5, 2015 text exchange between Lindsey Voltolini and Courtney shows Meyer talked to Zach Smith about the incident.

At Big Ten media days, Meyer said he knew of the incident in 2009 and he and Shelley Meyer addressed it with the Smiths.

McMurphy says he has seen a series of text messages between Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's ex-wife, and Shelley Meyer and other coaches' wives that show Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations since at least October 2015.

"Shelly said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney told McMurphy. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".

Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was charged with criminal trespassing after dropping their children off at his ex-wife Courtney's home during a May 12 incident.

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When she told her parents and Zach's parents about the abuse, Courtney said they discouraged her from contacting the police.

Smith, who also served as the Buckeyes' recruiting coordinator, played for Meyer when the latter coached at Bowling Green. Ohio State's first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday.

"I do believe he knew and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody", Smith said.

Shelley Meyer is also an instructor at the Ohio State school of nursing and would have been bound by Title IX regulation to report such abuse - and is required similarly as a registered nurse. She filed for divorce in November 2015 and filed a domestic violence protection order against Zach Smith on July 20 - three days before his firing and four days before Urban Meyer's appearance at Big Ten Media Days.

When TCU fans found out that their team would face off against Ohio State, the most common reaction likely involved a mix of excitement and fear.

In an interview with WatchStadium.com Wednesday, Courtney Smith talked about what she believed the Ohio State head coach knew regarding the situation. "I asked people back at the office to call and see what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing", Meyer said. It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened.

We'll now learn a great deal more about Ohio State, long after they stood on moral principle in dismissing Jim Tressel as football coach for the transgression of allowing players to trade memorabilia for tattoos.

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