Ohio State Puts Urban Meyer on Paid Administrative Leave

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker

Urban Meyer, 54, the head football coach from Ohio State University, was put on administrative leave on August 1 after he was shockingly accused of lying about his knowledge of an alleged domestic violence situation between OSU assistant coach Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney Smith back in 2015.

Text messages and accounts from the victim cast doubt on Urban Meyer's claim that he did not know about an alleged domestic assault by one of his assistant coaches, according to a bombshell report released Wednesday.

Ohio State officials said Thursday that reporters would be barred from football practices until at least next week, and university trustees announced that a six-member committee will head up the investigation. Ryan Day, who has been the team's offensive coordinator, will be acting head football coach while Meyer is on leave.

"Gene and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer's statement read.

"This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction", Meyer said in a statement.

"I was never told about anything", Meyer reportedly said, "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".

On the field, on the other hand, Meyer led Florida back to prominence after a brief dip following the retirement of former head coach Steve Spurrier.

Then there's what Meyer was aware of in 2015 when the key events transpired, which were exhaustively reported by Brett McMurphy and beg the questions about when the championship-winning coach found out the details. "All the (coaches) wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy.




Koffel said Wednesday that Smith never informed Meyer about the criminal-trespass charge even after Koffel told Smith to do so.

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse.

Courtney Smith said she and Shelley Meyer often discussed Zach Smith's domestic violence, dating all the way back to a 2009 domestic incident.

At Big Ten media days, Meyer said that he had been informed of that incident at the time and passed it along to his superiors, noting to the assembled media that "what was reported wasn't actually what happened" and that the Smiths were a "very young couple". "You can not impute every family argument involving an employee and his wife to the CEO of a company or the head coach of a large football program".

"I was never told about anything", Urban Meyer said.

The amendment includes two new specific contract provisions that could be at issue as Ohio State conducts its review. "I sent her some pictures".

This doesn't necessarily come as a surprise, as Jones has never been the biggest fan of Meyer.

"Courtney: "I hope urban is smarter than that" Lindsey: "[Urban] doesn't know what to think" Courtney: "I don't really care.

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