Urban Meyer Knew About Abuse Allegations Before Hiring Assistant Coach

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

Meyer was aware of the 2009 arrest when it happened, and based on his comments, is implying that because the incident wasn't made public there was no reason to let Smith go. Courtney Smith told police "that a domestic incident happened last night at her home and that she has been a victim of sustained physical abuse by the suspect".

Reports then began to trickle out about Smith's long history with domestic violence.

Smith, a grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, coached wide receivers and served as the recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes. The Columbus Dispatch reports Powell (Ohio) police chief Gary Vest said, to his knowledge, no charges were ever filed. He referred to them as a "young couple" and Smith as an "intern" in 2009. "It was a group people who I rely on". We're certainly not going to investigate.

"It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened. So Shelley and I actually both got involved with the relationship with that family, and provided counseling, and wanted to help them moving forward". Soon after, more domestic violence allegations involving Smith surfaced, two different arrests from 2015 and one from 2009. Meyer claims that when the 2015 incident was reported, he found nothing. "But I do understand the value", Meyer said. The protection order, which doesn't allow Smith within 500 feet of his ex-wife, says Courtney "is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence and for good cause the following temporary orders are necessary".

Smith, Ohio State's wide receivers coach, was sacked Monday, three days after his ex-wife filed a protective order against him and on the same day that sordid details from 2009 were revealed by reporter Brett McMurphy.

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"It was in the best interest of our team", Meyer said. The head coach did not elaborate when asked if the media reports of Smith's past influenced the decision.

Above all else, protecting Ohio State had to be the priority for any decision, and Meyer made the correct one. "But I think there's a lot of holes still to be filled in". The timing? It wasn't just my decision. I try to stay focused on what's the most important thing.

Whether Wilson is still joined by other power commits remains to be seen; unlike the Texan, top recruits Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams have yet to commit, and could be swayed away from Ohio State by perceived instability following Smith's axing. You're talking about people's lives.

Last week's legal proceedings were described by Meyer as something that made him "press pause and gather information, get [his] mind right, gather energy, and then step up to do the right thing". Either Heeke admits that, yeah, Tate did undermine his hiring, or that he was prepared to move forward against his quarterback's wishes.

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