Ohio State's Urban Meyer Under Investigation — Twitter Reacts

Ohio State's Urban Meyer Under Investigation — Twitter Reacts

Ohio State University placed its head football coach, Urban Meyer, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as it investigates whether he was aware of domestic violence allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer hugs his wife, Shelley, after their 44-28 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, in Glendale, Ariz., in 2016.

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. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction". However, on Monday Courtney Smith told college football reporter Brett McMurphy that Urban Meyer did know about the domestic violence. In that exchange, Lindsey Voltolini said Meyer spoke with Smith, and the assistant "denied everything". It's not been confirmed by Courtney Smith or anyone else that Shelley told Urban what she knew.

Meyer was placed on leave after the ex-wife of longtime assistant Zach Smith called into question Meyer's claim that he was unaware of a 2015 domestic abuse allegation against Smith.

Said Spurrier: "I consider Urban a good friend, I really do".




Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife. Urban Meyer is a great coach. "I even read it myself", said Kara Reutter, parent. He was one of my coaches when I played.

This quote came five years after Meyer had learned about an earlier instance of domestic violence between Zach Smith and Courtney Smith, while she was pregnant with one of the couple's children. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced.

Meyer told reporters at Big Ten media days on July 24 that he knew nothing about the allegations. Smith has never been criminally charged.

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer said. "I'm not sure where that comes up".

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