Under mounting pressure, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates whether he or his wife knew about allegations of domestic abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith's attorney said Courtney Smith had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son. Courtney Smith also provided threatening texts she claims came from her ex-husband, former assistant Zach Smith. In that exchange, Lindsey Voltolini said Meyer spoke with Smith, and the assistant "denied everything".
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.
While Meyer is on leave, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as head coach. Meyer-one of the most celebrated coaches in college sports-is officially, stunningly, on ice.
Meyer acknowledged last week that he had been aware of a 2009 domestic-abuse incident in Gainesville. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.
Urban Meyer's days leading the Buckeyes could be numbered.
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When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that".
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday. He was Ohio State's wide receivers coach until his firing last week.
In an interview with McMurphy, Courtney reportedly said she and Shelley regularly talked about Zach's abuse in 2015. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. In fact, Courtney Smith said of the 2015 incident, "All the [coaches'] wives knew".
"All the (coaches') wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy. I told people to go find out for me.