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Ohio State Releases Statement On Urban Meyer Investigation

Ohio State Releases Statement On Urban Meyer Investigation

Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports doctor.

She also told McMurphy that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban and Courtney encouraged her to do so. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction". By day's end, he was on administrative leave, amid speculation he will not again be the Buckeyes head coach.

Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife.

At the time of Smith's firing, Urban Meyer said he never knew about the domestic violence, and that if he had he would have fired Smith a long time ago.

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Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith. Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of the recently fired wide receivers coach, said in an interview that she had discussed the incident in 2015 with Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer's wife. "We are suspending the current partnership with Urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation".

The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn. Those messages include pictures of a bruised Courtney Smith. Meyer's wife, Shelley, was made aware of the allegations, and said she would speak to her husband, Courtney Smith told the network.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer's program has been one of the most dominant in college football, and his players have mostly stayed out of major trouble.

In a July 23 Facebook post, college football reporter Brett McMurphy detailed a series of domestic violence allegations against Smith dating back to 2009 and 2015. The 34-year-old Zach Smith is the grandson of Meyer's mentor and former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce. The allegations stemmed from a 2015 incident.


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