Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave By Ohio State

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

Meyer was placed on administrative leave by Ohio State on Wednesday after a report emerged that said Meyer knew that his former wide receivers coach, Zach Smith, had been accused of domestic violence by his now ex-wife in 2015.

She told the Stadium sports network that her ex-husband had abused her, starting in 2009.

Courtney Smith provided screen shots of text message conversations with several women married to men on the coaching staff, which she says indicate that Meyer was aware of the problem. Ryan Day, who has been the team's offensive coordinator, will be acting head football coach while Meyer is on leave. Meyer said he and his wife, Shelley, addressed the incident with the Smiths, but that's about as far as it went. Smith played for Meyer at Bowling Green and began his coaching career under Meyer in Florida. Ohio State's first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday.

"I don't know if I was the first, but I know I was one coach who told the players up front: 'If you ever hit a girl or get any sort of domestic violence charge or sexual charge then you're finished.' " Spurrier said.

New Yorker writer says women feared retaliation
National Amusements jumped into the controversy with a statement denying what it called "the malicious insinuation that Ms. Redstone hopes that the investigation of these allegations is thorough, open and transparent", the spokesperson said.

Lindsey Voltolini is the wife of Ohio State Football Operations Direction Brian Voltolini. "Not just NFL-college. They're all teachable moments", Meyer said on Wednesday.

Ohio State is also conducting an investigation, undoubtedly to find out if Meyer knew of the allegations against Zach Smith. Zach Smith was charged with criminal trespassing and a protection order was filed. Meyer acknowledges he knew about a 2009 incident when he hired Smith but says he didn't hear of the latest allegation until last week. Shelley Meyer allegedly told Courtney Smith that "she was going to have to tell Urban" about the abuse. He was also asked about the 2015 incident alleged by Courtney Smith.

Bringing in outsiders could potentially impact the timeline of the university making a decision on Meyer's future, as they will have less working knowledge of the infrastructure and reporting lines at Ohio State. Those messages imply that Urban Meyer knew about the abuse.

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