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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave

Ohio State has placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it conducts an investigation on whether the Buckeyes coach knew of a reported 2015 incident of domestic abuse between former wide receivers coach Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

Wednesday's report included text messages between Courtney Smith, Shelley Meyer (Urban's wife) and other coaches' wives showing Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations. That incident also prompted a text message exchange between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer in which Shelley Meyer writes that she'll need to inform her husband of the accusations.

"Smith had been on the Buckeyes" staff since 2012 and got his start in coaching as a special teams quality control assistant on current OSU head coach Urban Meyer's staff at Florida in 2005.

In a statement, Urban Meyer agreed that him being on leave would "facilitate the completion" of the inquiry. "An individual need not be charged with or convicted of a criminal offense to be found responsible for domestic violence pursuant to this policy".

The claims come after Meyer told Big Ten media reporters last week that he was never told anything about the allegations, according to Sports Illustrated.

On Dec. 17, 2017, Courtney Smith called police because neighbors reported seeing Zach peering into her vehicle windows and banging on the front door of her home at 1:30 a.m. Zach Smith was issued a trespassing warning after that incident. This wouldn't protect his wife from being fired, having her nursing license stripped and exposing herself and Ohio State to potential civil litigation, but he could try it in a brazenly transparent attempt to keep his job if his bosses want to try that hard to believe him and let him get away with it. "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". "I'm not going to get into that", he said.

Courtney says that the entire coaching staff's wives knew about the domestic violence that had occurred back in 2015. "I'll have to fill you in on that later if I can", Whittingham said when asked about Meyer's situation following practice.

Earlier this offseason, the Ohio State Buckeyes dismissed WRs coach Zach Smith after it was revealed that Smith had abused his then-wife.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy.

A few days later, Meyer fired Smith. Do you have a restraining order? "So the decision was made". "You can not impute every family argument involving an employee and his wife to the CEO of a company or the head coach of a large football program".

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