Ohio State places Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

Ohio State placed Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years before the staff member was sacked last week.

Shelley Meyer, Urban's wife and an instructor in Ohio State's College of Nursing, was among the coaches' wives who knew that Courtney Smith had reported a domestic violence incident in 2015, Smith said.

Meyer fired Smith on July 23 after a report from Brett McMurphy brought to light a domestic violence civil protection order and past domestic violence allegations against Smith.

In an interview with WatchStadium.com Wednesday, Courtney Smith talked about what she believed the Ohio State head coach knew regarding the situation.

Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the team's head coach as the investigation plays out.

Meyer and Ohio State haven't commented on McMurphy's report, but many are calling on the university to investigate his actions fully.

Smith was sacked right before Big Ten Media Days and was replaced on an interim basis by former Buckeyes wideout Brian Hartline.

McMurphy's reporting detailed that at the very least, Meyer's wife and the wives of some his staff members were aware of the alleged abuse. And he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on July 18 related to an incident in May, McMurphy reported. Ohio State begins practice Friday and opens the season September 1 against Oregon State.

"He said 'if you don't drop the charges, Zach will never coach again, '" Courtney said de Fries told her.

McMurphy was on with Bull and Fox this afternoon and says he has seen hundreds of text messages, but only went public with several photos.

Buckeye coach Urban Meyer insisted that he had not been aware of Smith's prior incidents that led to 9-1-1 calls from his now ex-wife Courtney, as no formal charges had ever been fired.

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Courtney says that the entire coaching staff's wives knew about the domestic violence that had occurred back in 2015.

"It's a decision that was made for the best interest of our team", Meyer explained last month. Most notably, exchanges between Shelly Meyer and her that states discussing the incident with Urban. Some have called for Ohio State to part ways with Meyer, and August 1 reports indicate that Meyer would be placed on administrative leave. "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".

  • Stacy Allen