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Urban Meyer Put On Administrative Leave

Urban Meyer Put On Administrative Leave

"We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible", Ohio State said in a press release. I asked people back at the office to call and see what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing.

Meyer told reporters that he had been aware of domestic abuse allegations in 2009, and had suggested the Smiths get counseling. Meyer said he knew about those allegations, but said last week that he would have fired Zach Smith if he knew about the 2015 incidents.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday as the university investigates what he knew about domestic abuse claims against an assistant coach who was sacked last week. That incident also prompted a text message exchange between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer in which Shelley Meyer writes that she'll need to inform her husband of the accusations.

That report alleges that the Ohio State coach knew about Zach Smith's history of domestic abuse and did nothing about it.

Messages left with Ohio State on Wednesday were not returned.

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USA TODAY's Dan Wolken suggested earlier this evening that Iowa State's Matt Campbell, an OH native, could be the top choice. In fact, Meyer intimated that those allegations were fabricated as he described the decision to dismiss Smith, who was cited in May for criminal trespassing following an incident with his ex-wife, as a "very tough call".

Terry Thomas, an attorney who used to represent Courtney Smith, said Columbus attorney Larry James reached out to him in November 2015 seeking information about the incident between Zach and Courtney Smith. Smith was sacked as Ohio State's wide receivers coach on Monday, July 23, after the allegations of domestic abuse surfaced. Before serving as the head coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he served as head coach for the Bowling Green Falcons from 2001 until 2002, the Utah Utes from 2003 until 2004, and the Florida Gators from 2005 until 2010.

The 2015 incident was the latest in a string of domestic situations Smith was involved in, but he was never charged. Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban. His overall record as a head coach at the end of the 2009 season was 96-18 and his winning percentage of.842 back then was ranked first nationally among other active college football head coaches.

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. Smith added that she was never told that Shelley Meyer had told her husband about the allegations at the time.


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