Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State [reaction & analysis]

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game

No reasonable person can now conclude that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer did anything but lie through his teeth about not knowing that a Buckeyes assistant coach brutally attacked his wife in 2015.

"I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing", Meyer told reporters at the media event."I don't know who creates a story like that". The university released a statement saying it was focused on supporting players and "getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible".

Second, if what Courtney Smith told the Stadium is true that "nobody from the university came and asked me my side of the story", then why wasn't this incident ever investigated?

With Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave, Ryan Day is now Ohio State's acting coach.

In a taped appearance for the web site Stadium, Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, said she had told Meyer's wife, Shelley, and Lindsey Voltolini, the wife of Ohio State's director of football operations, about her ex-husband's abusive behavior.

"This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction", Meyer said in a statement. Courtney Smith provided McMurphy with a series of text messages between herself and other wives of coaches on the Ohio State staff, including Urban Meyer's wife Shelley Meyer.

"I was never told about anything".

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Zach Smith was sacked from Ohio State last month after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass during a dispute with Courtney Smith.

Smith told McMurphy that her ex-husband had abused her since 2009, and that she had extensive conversations with the wives of Meyer and his staff members about it. McMurphy posted the screenshots of those messages on Facebook, where he published his report Wednesday morning. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. "All the (coaches) wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy.

Within days, Courtney Smith claims, she heard from two close friends of Urban Meyer, who both asked her to not pursue the criminal charge. Smith, the grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, was an intern for Meyer at Florida and joined the head coach at Ohio State in 2012.

"Courtney said she called 911 "a handful of times" over the years but didn't always pursue charges".

Meyer fired Zach Smith last month after the 2015 allegation came to light, as well as a 2009 incident in Florida in which police arrested Zach Smith on a domestic violence charge that Courtney Smith eventually dropped.

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there".

Zach Smith has never been charged with a domestic violence crime.

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