Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Urban Meyer Reportedly Ignored Ex-Assistant’s Domestic Violence History

Urban Meyer Reportedly Ignored Ex-Assistant’s Domestic Violence History

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday, after a bombshell report from Brett McMurphy suggested Meyer knew about the domestic violence allegations against former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith in 2015.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who also coaches quarterbacks, will serve as acting head coach during the investigation.

Ohio State opens practice Friday. "I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer claimed at Big Ten Media Days.

One of the most damning texts, according to CBS, is between Courtney and Lindsey Voltolini, wife of Meyers' close confidant Brian Voltolini, the Director of Football Operations at Ohio State. He also won national titles at Florida in 2006 and '08.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Whether Meyer keeps his job will hinge on the results of investigation.

Except Courtney Smith showed McMurphy text messages from Meyer's wife Shelley that certainly seem to indicate she was well aware of Zach Smith's violent past. In McMurphy's story and in an interview with Stadium, Courtney Smith said she believed Urban Meyer knew of her accusations against her ex-husband, whom she divorced in 2016.

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Meyer fired Zach Smith on July 23, shortly after McMurphy originally reported the 2015 allegations of domestic violence and felonious assault. She told law enforcement that she had "been a victim of sustained physical abuse by [Zach Smith]".

Ohio State can't pull these off the market fast enough.

In whole, there are a slew of police reports, text messages and legitimate media reports that point to Smith's alleged abuse and Meyer's alleged knowledge of the abuse as it was ongoing.

Urban Meyer is under pressure because of a controversy surrounding former assistant coach Zach Smith. Smith obtained a restraining order shortly after the incident but charges were never filed.

In an attempt to minimize the PR damage, it appears Meyer may have lied last week during Big Ten Media Days when reporters pressed him on just how much he knew about Smith's alleged transgressions. "A decision was made", Meyer said.

Here's a brief synopsis of the real, live, legitimate and thorough reporting that has prompted Ohio State to investigate Meyer. "An individual need not be charged with or convicted of a criminal offense to be found responsible for domestic violence pursuant to this policy".

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