OSU Coach Urban Meyer knew of abuse allegations against assistant in 2015

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On Wednesday, reporter Brett McMurphyreleased extensive text conversations and interviews with Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who wasfired by the university after his history of alleged domestic violence became public.

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.

"(Athletic director) Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in the OSU statement.

McMurphy stated that Ohio State might be in violation of Title IV, which states, "discrimination on the basis of sex, can include sexual harassment, rape or sexual assault".

But when they travel to AT&T Stadium on September 15 to play TCU, it is possible that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer might not be making the trip. He was placed on paid administrative leave, with Ryan Day taking over as acting head coach in the meantime.

By downplaying the allegations into a "Zach and Courtney issue", Boren completely missed why Meyer is on leave in the first place. "I said, '2015?' That was only a couple years ago", Meyer told reporters at Big Ten Media Days.

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The Frenchman further risked winding up his increasingly surly manager by tweeting that "family will always come first". He has a fantastic team, fantastic players and squad - I think he has conditions to do good work.

Meyer was the head football coach at the University of Utah in 2003-2004.

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. Smith had been arrested for criminal trespassing in May.

"[Assistant coach Zach] Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith tells Stadium TV that Meyer's wife Shelley knew of the abuse". Meyer released a statement in the wake of the announcement, but it did not make reference to Courtney Smith's claims. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Meyer said he had no knowledge of domestic violence allegations in 2015 involving Smith and Smith's ex-wife. 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. "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".

Urban Meyer said July 24 that he was aware of the 2009 incident and that he and Shelley "got involved" by talking to the Smiths after police finished their investigation. So I know nothing about it. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify. Here are five things about Urban that you need to know in the midst of what is now a pending investigation into the claims. "I sent her some pictures".

All of this would obviously be so much easier for Ohio State if there were clear-cut answers.

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