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

Urban Meyer needed to tell the truth about Zach Smith and report indicates he didn’t — which is a major problem

Urban Meyer needed to tell the truth about Zach Smith and report indicates he didn’t — which is a major problem

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.

Bernd Leno says it’s ‘crazy’ to be lining up alongside Petr Čech
According to the veteran goalkeeper, Leno must brace himself for an entirely different challenge in the English leagues. I do my best, I work every day very hard and at the end the coach has to decide".

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.

Recommended News

  • Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

    Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

    This was the first time western observers were allowed to monitor the democratic process in Zimbabwe for nearly two decades. The elections in Zimbabwe are the first since Robert Mugabe was forced out of his presidency previous year .

    Trump administration adds to China trade pressure with higher tariff plan

    The US opened fire in a trade war with 25% tariffs on $34bn of Chinese goods , and China retaliated in kind. It would risk further escalating tensions between the USA and China which are already mired in a trade war.
    Ohio State places coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

    Ohio State places coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

    Meyer said he was aware of a domestic violence incident involving Zach Smith in 2009 when the latter was an assistant at Florida. She offered further details on the abuse and answered questions about what others around the Ohio State program knew.
  • Urban Meyer Knew Of Ex-Assistant's Domestic Violence History

    Urban Meyer Knew Of Ex-Assistant's Domestic Violence History

    In an interview with McMurphy, Courtney reportedly said she and Shelley regularly talked about Zach's abuse in 2015. Smith obtained a restraining order shortly after the incident but charges were never filed.
    I feel at home already, says Liverpool's £65m goalkeeper Alisson

    I feel at home already, says Liverpool's £65m goalkeeper Alisson

    Liverpool FC have completed some swift transfer business in the summer window so far following the arrival of four new players. Liverpool signed Alisson this summer from Roma for £66.8 million. "It's only my first day and I feel at home already".
    Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic

    Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic

    A team of United Nations police from MINUSCA traveled to Sibut Wednesday to support national police in the investigation, he said. The bodies were found in a bullet-ridden auto near Sibut (about 300 kilometers from Bangui, the capital), according to the U.N.
  • Sony Launches New Master Series 4K HDR TVs; Available Starting September 2018

    Sony Launches New Master Series 4K HDR TVs; Available Starting September 2018

    If you own one of those Sony Bravia TVs, let us know if the new Calibrated Mode makes the whole experience better for you. Both models feature the maker's Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, as well as a feature called Netflix Calibrated Mode .

    Nicole Kidman in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News movie

    Since then, she has become an outspoken anti-sexual harassment advocate. Theron will portray Megyn Kelly and Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson .
    Tesla claims record revenue of $4B in Q2 2018

    Tesla claims record revenue of $4B in Q2 2018

    Tesla has been spending heavily as it strives to get the Model 3 - its latest vehicle - into the hands of customers. He previously said Tesla would achieve positive cash flow and profits in the third and fourth quarters of 2018.
  • House Candidate Calls First Lady 'Hoebag'

    House Candidate Calls First Lady 'Hoebag'

    The House candidate in question is Mark Roberts , an Independent running to represent Oregon. Apparently the founder of Twitter did not agree with their concerns, however.
    Eric Decker worked out for Patriots

    Eric Decker worked out for Patriots

    Matthews was thought to be a potential fill-in for Julian Edelman during his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Matthews was signed as a free agent in April and was looking to kickstart his career after an injury-shortened season in Buffalo.
    Fires explode in Northern California

    Fires explode in Northern California

    Despite the dramatic increase in size, only seven residences and three outbuildings have been destroyed by the fires. It's burning near Highway CA-20 at MP 39, Old Lake County Highway and Blue Lake areas, 8 miles northeast of Ukiah.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.