Ohio State places Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

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

The ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith says she told Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's wife in 2015 that her husband had assaulted her, an incident Meyer said last week he was unaware of.

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of the former Buckeyes wide receivers coach, shared text messages with college football reporter Brett McMurphy that go against what Meyer claimed he knew. Courtney has accused Zach, who she divorced in 2016, of physically abusing her since 2009 and claims she told Urban's wife, Shelley Meyer, about it when it was happening but Urban took no action.

Hours after Courtney Smith's interview was posted online Wednesday, Ohio State announced in a short news release it was conducting an investigation into the allegations and Meyer was being placed on leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation.

Meyer's contract extension signed in April includes language requiring him to report any violations by staff members of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy to the university's athletics Title IX coordinator.

Meyer had denied any knowledge of the allegations in July when reports came to light leading to Smith's dismissal. Nor will they be lost on those calling for Urban Meyer's job in the wake of McMurphy's report. Smith was sacked last month after he was charged with criminal trespassing in relation to dropping his children off at his ex-wife's home against her wishes.

There's going to be a whole lot of discussion around this investigation and its potential implications over the next while, and it could definitely lead to major changes at Ohio State.




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. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer obtained nine reports from the police department in the Columbus suburb of Powell, Ohio, that detailed more issues between the Smiths.

"I got a text late last night something happened in 2015 - and there was nothing", he said.

Urban Meyer said he received a call regarding an incident in 2009 while Zach Smith was an intern under him at Florida. Do you have a restraining order? Speaking with McMurphy, Courtney said, "All the [coaches] wives knew". Courtney Smith filed an order of protection against her ex-husband in Delaware, Ohio on July 20.

"It's a decision that was made for the best interest of our team", Meyer explained last month. Whether Meyer is on the sideline coaching for that game remains to be seen.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

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