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Meyer was aware of abuse claims against fired Buckeyes coach

02 August 2018

Ohio State University coach Urban Meyer was aware of domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith back in 2015, according to a report from college football writer Brett McMurphy.

The Ohio State University on Wednesday put head football coach Urban Meyer on paid leave as it investigates allegations he mishandled abuse claims against a former assistant.

On the same day that two new reports of alleged domestic abuse, one from 2009 and another from 2015, surfaced, Zach Smith was dismissed as the Buckeyes' wide receivers coach on July 23.

At last week's Big Ten media days, Meyer claimed to know nothing about the 2015 allegation against Zach Smith.

In an interview with Stadium, Courtney Smith said Shelley Smith never came back to her to tell her she discussed Zach Smith's actions with Urban Meyer. "Once again, I don't know who creates a story like that".

Meyer is 73-8 in six seasons at Ohio State with Big Ten titles in 2014 and '17 and a national title in '14. Speaking with McMurphy, Courtney said, "All the [coaches] wives knew".

The only people who could possibly believe Urban Meyer's version of events at this point are the willfully ignorant and the irretrievably stupid. One was Earle Bruce, a former Ohio State coach and Zach Smith's grandfather.

Courtney Smith told McMurphy that in 2015, Smith "took me and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck". Included were multiple photos of the cuts and bruises inflicted by Smith, as well as several exchanges with Meyer's wife, Shelley, who not only made it clear that she was concerned for the victim's safety but that she felt compelled to inform her husband. "I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing", Meyers told the media in July. Earlier this year, Meyer agreed to a contract extension that would require Ohio State to pay him $38.1 million if he is fired without cause.

Two weeks after the October 25, 2015 incident, a November 5, 2015 text exchange between Lindsey Voltolini and Courtney shows Meyer talked to Zach Smith about the incident. And Shelley and I actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised for counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward. "Everyone was out to protect themselves", McMurphy quoted Courtney Smith as saying. No one else's. Everyone is trying to bring down the Meyer Family and the rest of the OH state staff/program based off of incidents that involved TWO people at their home.

Until then, the Buckeyes will be moving ahead without Urban Meyer.