Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ohio State places head football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State has placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave. The move comes after allegations surfaced that persons close to Meyer knew of the allegations of domestic made against former Buckeye wide receivers coach Zach Smith by Smith's ex-wife.

A statement released by the school regarding the move said that the school was "focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible."

Speaking to reporters at Big Ten Media Days, Meyer had denied of any prior knowledge to an 2015 incident where Smith had been arrested on domestic violence charges. Smith was accused of assaulting his then wife, Courtney. Meyer told reporters that "I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing."

Meyer did admit at that time to knowledge of a prior domestic violence incident involving Smith in 2009, where he allegedly attacked Courtney while she was three months pregnant. No charges were ever filed in the incident, and Meyer claims he and his wife Shelly began "counseling" the Smiths.

The new allegations that Meyer may have known about the 2015 incident prior to Smith's firing came from former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, who posted his investigation into the incident on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

"Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview with the victim and other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff.

Courtney Smith, ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, provided text messages between her and the wives of Ohio State coaches – including Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley – showing Meyer’s knowledge of the situation."

Meyer's offensive coordinator, Ryan Day, has been named acting head coach while Meyer is on administrative leave. 

(via ESPN)

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