Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave

Posted August 05, 2018

Zach Smith was sacked last week after a report from Brett McMurphy revealed domestic abuse allegations against Smith from his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith, in Florida in 2009 and in OH in 2015.

On Wednesday, former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy obtained and published text messages from Courtney Smith that indicated she informed Meyer's wife and another coach's wife about the 2015 incident. Courtney Smith also provided threatening texts she claims came from her ex-husband.

In McMurphy's story and in an interview with Stadium, Courtney Smith said she believed Urban Meyer knew of her accusations against her ex-husband, whom she divorced in 2016.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach.

"[Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", his statement said. Zach Smith was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

Meyer and Ohio State haven't commented on McMurphy's report, but many are calling on the university to investigate his actions fully.

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The claims come after Meyer told Big Ten media reporters last week that he was never told anything about the allegations, according to Sports Illustrated.

If the report is true, Meyer enabled an accused serial wife beater - putting the interests of the school's golden goose ahead of those of the victim - then lied about it.

About two weeks ago the Associated Press reported OSU fired Smith after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his ex-wife. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and is employed as an instructor at Ohio State. Courtney allegedly told Shelley about the abuse, and Shelley asked Courtney if she had gotten a restraining order. I asked people back at the office to call and see what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing. Courtney also said she shared with them pictures of bruises on her neck and arms from past beatings.

A few days later, Meyer fired Smith. According to Courtney Smith, however, she reached out to Shelley Meyer after another incident in October 2015, when, she claims, Zach Smith shoved her up against a wall as their 3-year-old daughter clung to her leg. "A decision was made".

With the storm raining upon Meyer, former Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones appears to take a shot at his former coach on Twitter with just four words.

Urban Meyer signed a contract extension with Ohio State in April that pays him $7.6 million per year through the end of the 2022 season.

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