Ohio State Suspends Football Coach Amid Allegations He Ignored Abuse

Kristopher Nichols
August 5, 2018

Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked last week.By RALPH D.

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.

The announcement was made hours after the ex-wife of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith alleged publicly that she told Meyer's wife in 2015 that Smith had assaulted her.

There are new allegations that Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer lied last week during a news conference.

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

"[My] being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said. Smith had been arrested for criminal trespassing in May.

Here's a brief synopsis of the real, live, legitimate and thorough reporting that has prompted Ohio State to investigate Meyer.

Meyer denied knowing about the alleged abuse prior to Big Ten Media Days. Lindsey's husband, Brian Voltolini, is reportedly "considered one of Meyer's most loyal staff members".

Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was charged with criminal trespassing after dropping their children off at his ex-wife Courtney's home during a May 12 incident.

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When TCU fans found out that their team would face off against Ohio State, the most common reaction likely involved a mix of excitement and fear.

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse.

"It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened", Meyer said.

Prosecutors never charged Zach Smith in the aftermath of the 2015 incidents.

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.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith said. Smith was sacked July 24.

"I got a text late last night something happened in 2015 - and there was nothing", he said. Do you have a restraining order?

News that has shocked the college football landscape took place on Monday evening with news that Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave. OSU head coach failed to live up to "honesty" while dealing with an assistant coach who didn't "treat women with respect".

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