Urban Meyer placed on leave in bombshell Ohio State move

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer knew about domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, reports college football insider Brett McMurphy.

Shelley Meyer, Urban's wife and an instructor in Ohio State's College of Nursing, was among the coaches' wives who knew that Courtney Smith had reported a domestic violence incident in 2015, Smith said.

A change in the police report for the domestic violence incident on October 26, 2015.

From there, Shelley would check in on her, Courtney said. At the Big Ten Media Days the next day, Meyer acknowledged that he was aware of the 2009 incident but vehemently denied any knowledge of one in 2015.

Ohio State may be in violation of Title IX, which states: discrimination on the basis of sex, can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.

But in the Stadium interview, Courtney Smith said that Shelley Meyer never confirmed that she told her husband about the abuse. Courtney Smith also provided threatening texts she claims came from her ex-husband. I know nothing about it. Urban Meyer brought Smith, the grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, to Ohio State in 2012.

Zach Smith has been arrested multiple times after being accused of domestic violence, but he has never been charged.

UPDATED 12:37 p.m. ET: In a portion of a video interview with Courtney Smith just released, Zach Smith's ex-wife is asked if Shelley Meyer ever came back to her and told her that she had informed Urban Meyer of the abuse.

The entire report is well worth reading, but the most damning evidence are the texts shared between Smith, Shelley Meyer, and other wives on the staff that showed that at the least Shelley was well aware of the repeated issues of domestic violence in the Smith house, as well as evidence Meyer had spoken with Zach Smith about it. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban.' I know Shelley did everything she could".

"I was scared. I did tell my parents". I spoke to her on the phone.

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

Meyer was set to meet with the media on Tuesday, August 7th but that will not take place with Meyer on leave. This includes an accusation of domestic abuse from October 25, 2015 that McMurphy reported on last week shortly before Zach Smith's abrupt termination. "We decided to make a change", Meyer said. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".

Meyer said he received input into the decision to fire Smith as well.

To me, there are two possible scenarios here: Either Meyer the all-powerful CEO is so insulated that nobody felt comfortable approaching him about Courtney's clarion cries for help.

"Instead of worrying about winning a game or instead of worrying about who his mentor is and who his family is and trying to protect that".

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