Urban Meyer Knew of Abuse Allegation Against Assistant Coach

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

Ohio State announced Wednesday evening that it put Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave as it conducts its own investigation into the handling of the Zach Smith situation, which put Meyer's future in question.

At issue is whether Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. "They all did. Every single one".

Last month, Ohio State fired receivers coach Zach Smith after Powell Police charged him with trespassing following an incident at his ex-wife's apartment.

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

"I got a text late last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing", Meyers told reporters. So I know nothing about it.

"As I do many times, most coaches and people in leadership positions, you receive a phone call, first thing you do is tell your boss, let the experts do their jobs", Meyer said last week. In 2014, Meyer's third year on the sidelines, Ohio State won the College Football Playoff title with a record of 14-1. In text message conversations with Shelley Meyer, Urban's wife and confidant, Courtney discusses Smith's behavior and receives sympathy and shock from Shelley, who referred to Smith as scary. "During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave".

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.

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Shelley never followed up with Courtney about whether or not she took the information to Urban. That incident also prompted a text message exchange between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer in which Shelley Meyer writes that she'll need to inform her husband of the accusations.

Ohio State needs to know what Meyer knew and when he knew it if the program has any designs of coming up with a strategy for keeping him.

McMurphy reports that the 2015 incident happened on October 25 while Zach and Courtney were separated.

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

Zach Smith was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., in 2009 on an aggravated battery charge stemming from a domestic incident when Smith-the grandson of former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce-worked for Meyer at Florida.

"I am with you!" "Everyone was out to protect themselves", McMurphy quoted Courtney Smith as saying. "I now understand why Zach compartmentalized the info - to protect Urban", Koffel said.

Until then, the Buckeyes will be moving ahead without Urban Meyer.

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