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

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

Urban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game

She also told McMurphy that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban and Courtney encouraged her to do so. "I said 'that's fine, you should tell Urban". His firing came in the wake of reports that an OH judge issued a protection order to keep Smith from within 500 feet of his ex-wife.

In a statement, Ohio State said it is "focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible".

But when they travel to AT&T Stadium on September 15 to play TCU, it is possible that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer might not be making the trip.

Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation.

"This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".

Smith was part of Meyer's staff at Florida from 2005-09 and at Ohio State from 2012-17. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and is employed as an instructor at Ohio State.

McMurphy's report is long and detailed, but the point he makes is that Courtney spoke to an bad lot of people about the alleged violence, including Myers' own wife, and that it is hard to believe that no one ever bothered to mention the problem to Meyers himself. Police have looked into disputes between the former couple for at least nine years, including a 2009 incident when Zach Smith worked for Meyer at Florida, according to reports. What are you and the kids going to do?' she said. The late Earle Bruce, a former Ohio State coach, was Smith's grandfather. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

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Meyer fired Smith on July 23 after a report from Brett McMurphy brought to light a domestic violence civil protection order and past domestic violence allegations against Smith. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. Photos that Courtney said she shared via text message with other wives of Ohio State coaches show bruises on her neck and arms from abuse she says took place in 2014 and 2015.

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.

At Big Ten media day last week in Chicago, Meyer stood in front of reporters and said not only was he unaware of anything happening but it was all made up out of thin air.

Asked directly if Shelley Meyer had ever mentioned talking to the head coach about it, Courtney Smith said, "She did not".

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there".

"I hope in the future he never turns his head away again".

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