Ohio State Puts Urban Meyer on Paid Administrative Leave

Urban Meyer needed to tell the truth about Zach Smith and report indicates he didn’t — which is a major problem

Courtney Smith gave an interview to Stadium and provided text messages to former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy between her and Shelley Meyer and with the wives of other Buckeyes coaches.

The Buckeyes coach was suspended Wednesday, a month away from the highly ranked team's opening game, as Ohio State investigates whether he chose to ignore his subordinate's violence, reports NPR member station WOSU.

Shelley Meyer is also an instructor at the Ohio State school of nursing and would have been bound by Title IX regulation to report such abuse - and is required similarly as a registered nurse. Ohio State's first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday.

Meyer was out of coaching for a season, but was hired by Ohio State in November 2011 to replace Jim Tressel, who was sacked before that season for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violation committed by some of his players.

The career of one of the most prominent coaches in America is now in serious jeopardy. On Oct. 21, 2015, Courtney Smith called Powell, Ohio, police to say she was being followed by a black SUV and to say she was having issues with her "soon to be ex-husband".

Courtney says that the entire coaching staff's wives knew about the domestic violence that had occurred back in 2015. I know nothing about it.

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The report contradicts Meyer's statement last week at the Big Ten conference's media days, during which he denied knowledge of the incidents - which McMurphy reported occurred in 2009 and 2015.

Smith was accused in 2015 of stalking his now ex-wife Courtney Smith and that reportedly resulted in a restraining order. Charges were dropped, but Courtney said she only did so after being pressured by two close friends on Urban Meyer: Hiram de Fries and Earle Bruce.

" 'I hung up out of fear because I was scared Zach would lose his job, ' Courtney said". Zach Smith was the team's wide receivers' coach.

Another provision in the contract opens a different avenue for OSU to potentially find cause to fire Meyer, who admitted last week that he was aware of 2009 allegations against Smith from both of their days at Florida before he hired him at Ohio State. It wasn't until July 23, 2018 that Zach was sacked from his coaching position after being charged with criminal trespassing when he dropped his children off at Courtney's home back on May 12.

The Smiths divorced in 2016. Charges were not filed in that case.

"I hadn't heard that". "They knew there was an investigation going on and not once did anyone call me and ask me what happened".

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