ESPN's Paul Finebaum on what's next for Urban Meyer

Meyer says he followed protocol for 2015 abuse allegations
Meyer says he followed protocol for 2015 abuse allegations

03 August, 2018

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is on paid administrative leave while the university investigates a claim that he knew a former assistant coach had a history of alleged domestic abuse. However, on Monday Courtney Smith told college football reporter Brett McMurphy that Urban Meyer did know about the domestic violence.

Of course, whether Shelley Meyer really did tell her husband about Zach Smith is the subject of Ohio State's investigation.

Zach Smith was sacked last week after an OH court granted a domestic violence protective order to Courtney Smith.

Courtney Smith can explain better than most why Urban Meyer and The Ohio State University are under the spotlight.

Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day has been named acting head coach.

"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement.

Among Shelley Meyer's text messages to Courtney Smith was one from 2015 in which Shelley wrote of women being victimized by abusive spouses. Ohio State's first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday.

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"He said 'if you don't drop the charges, Zach will never coach again, '" Courtney Smith told McMurphy. Ohio State opens the football season September 1 at home against Oregon State. But the restaurant's website, as first noted by Columbus Business First, no longer contains the page dedicated to Meyer as "head breakfast coach".

Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife in 2009 while he was a graduate assistant on Meyer's staff at Florida.

Meyer told reporters at Big Ten media days on July 24 that he knew nothing about the allegations.

Smith, who was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim in 2009 while working for Meyer at Florida, was sacked by Ohio State in July after he was arrested on a criminal trespassing charge.

In 2015, police were called to Smith's home on another domestic abuse call but no charges were filed.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. I've never had a conversation about it.

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