Ohio State University placed its head football coach, Urban Meyer, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as it investigates whether he was aware of domestic violence allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith. Zach Smith's ex-wife accuses him of abusing her for years, most recently in 2015. Smith even provided McMurphy with a series of text messages between her and Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer, in which Meyer offered support and promised to tell her husband about the violence.
Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith.
Ohio State officials said Thursday that reporters would be barred from football practices until at least next week, and university trustees announced that a six-member committee will head up the investigation. We expect Coach Meyer to bring out the best in us as he comes to the table with a winning attitude, impressive football resume and of course a mutual appreciation for farm fresh quality and hearty breakfast foods. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.
"No matter what is proven about these allegations against the former wide receiver coach at Ohio State", wrote Paterno, "this much is beyond doubt: Urban Meyer did not commit a crime, he did not witness, nor did he cover up any crimes".
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She also told the sports network Stadium that she sent photos to Meyer's wife, Shelley.
The most recent charge occurred in May, during an incident that occurred when Zach Smith dropped off the couple's son at his wife's home.
In 2015, police were called to Smith's home on another domestic abuse call but no charges were filed.
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. He was also asked about the 2015 incident alleged by Courtney Smith. "I was never told about anything ... never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that".