Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday as the university investigates what he knew about domestic abuse claims against an assistant coach who was sacked last week.
Smith's ex-wife revealed pictures with her injuries that she says she sustained from altercations with the former Ohio State coach and showed text messages that she said were from Urban Meyer's wife Shelley alerting her to the abuse.
Ex-Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith was arrested on charges of the alleged felonious assault of his then-wife Courtney Smith in 2015.
"The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations", said the statement from OSU released at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Whittingham, a Utah assistant from 1994-2004, served as co-head coach with Meyer during the team's Fiesta Bowl win and took over as the Utes' head coach after Meyer left for Florida.
"[My] being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said.
Courtney was 3 months pregnant at the time and Smith was charged aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. Nor will they be lost on those calling for Urban Meyer's job in the wake of McMurphy's report. It wasn't until July 23, 2018 that Zach was sacked from his coaching position after being charged with criminal trespassing when he dropped his children off at Courtney's home back on May 12. Smith, 34, is the grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce.
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A week ago, Meyer fired Smith after it was learned that multiple instances of domestic violence were alleged between the Smith's, in both 2009 and 2015. "They knew there was an investigation going on and not once did anyone call me and ask me what happened".
When Meyer was asked about the protection order filed against Smith, the coach said the firing decision had "a little bit" to do with that and that it was a "group effort" to come to that decision.
Urban Meyer said he received a call regarding an incident in 2009 while Zach Smith was an intern under him at Florida. The report featured screenshots of text messages between Courtney Smith and several coach's wives indicating Meyer's knowledge of the situation.
"I was never told about anything". Do you have a restraining order?
A few days later, Meyer fired Smith.
A change in the police report for the domestic violence incident on October 26, 2015. "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".
Meyer's extension has a Title IX clause that requires him to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy.