Ohio State using 'special, independent board' to run Urban Meyer investigation

Justin GreeneAug 03, 2018

Ohio State placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administration leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that he was aware of domestic abuse carried out by one of his assistants but didn't take action. "Not just NFL-college. They're all teachable moments", Meyer said on Wednesday.

At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Urban said he knew about the domestic violence allegations against Zach in 2009 but not 2015.

Those are just some of the facts.

The university said it will open an investigation into the allegations and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as interim coach in Meyer's absence. "No, and I asked some people back at the office to call and say what happened and they came back and said they know nothing about it".

That's yet another detail that makes it hard to believe that Meyer wasn't aware that one of his assistants was, at best, a threat to his ex-wife's well-being, and, at worst, an abusive monster. McMurphy reports that Zach Smith's lawyer had the divorce documents sealed without Courtney Smith's consent. Courtney Smith said her then-husband had assaulted her during an argument about their young children. "Presuming that the panel members have not had significant personal relationships or regular interactions with the people who will be interviewed or with the people whose conduct is under review, the panel seems reasonably created to accomplish the same goals as the hiring of an outside law firm and may actually be able to investigate and report to the entire board more quickly and efficiently". I said, "2015"? That was only a couple years ago.

"I am with you!"

There is no "right time" to tell your story.

McMurphy obtained a series of photos sent by Courtney Smith to Shelley Meyer, Lindsey Voltolini and other wives involved in the Ohio State football program. "I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", Meyer said.

Courtney sat down with Stadium to talk about what role Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley, should have had in intervening.

Plenty of you - many of whom are OSU fans - disagree.

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.

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