Ohio State placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave Wednesday as the university investigates what Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant Zach Smith. However, on Monday Courtney Smith told college football reporter Brett McMurphy that Urban Meyer did know about the domestic violence. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban.' I know Shelley did everything she could".
Hours after Courtney Smith's interview was posted online Wednesday, Ohio State said it was conducting an investigation into the allegations and Meyer was being placed on leave.
Football practice starts on Friday, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day serving as the interim coach. Meyer said the decision to fire Smith was a "very tough call". When asked about the 2015 allegations at Big Ten Media Days last week, Meyer denied any knowledge of the incidents.
Urban Meyer's Ohio State program has been one of the best in college football and for the most part has avoided major off-field issues and player behavior problems that tarnished his championship teams at Florida.
When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that". Furthermore, it said "we are suspending the current partnership with urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation". He was Ohio State's wide receivers coach until his firing last week. Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month.
Zach Smith's ex-wife alleges her ex-husband threw her into a wall when she was eight to 10 weeks pregnant in 2009. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light".
The Smiths separated in 2015 before another alleged incident happened in which Courtney Smith claims Zach choked her and shoved her against a wall with the couple's two children present.