Urban Meyer Put on Administrative Leave


College football reporter Brett McMurphy published a piece on his Facebook account Wednesday about former OSU assistant coach Zach Smith and his then-wife, Courtney Smith.

Following the publicity of this report Ohio State has placed Meyer on administrative leave.

There's going to be a whole lot of discussion around this investigation and its potential implications over the next while, and it could definitely lead to major changes at Ohio State. Bruce is Zach Smith's grandfather, de Fries is Meyer's 'life coach'.

"The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations", a statement from Ohio State read. Ohio State faces them the week before Texas takes on TCU in its Big 12 opener. Also, as an Ohio State employee who supervises others, Meyer is required by the university's sexual misconduct policy to report knowledge of domestic abuse by a university employee.

Meyer, 54, is one of the must successful active coaches in college football. Courtney Smith was granted a restraining order against her husband on November 10, 2015, and filed for divorce two days later.

Courtney opened up about the reported domestic violence. So I know nothing about it.

Smith was accused in 2015 of stalking his now ex-wife Courtney Smith and that reportedly resulted in a restraining order.

Meyer did say he was aware of a 2009 arrest involving Smith when he was a graduate assistant at Florida.

According to Courtney, two of Meyer's closest friends asked her to drop the charges from that event, which she ultimately agreed to.

Meyer did face some criticism in 2013 for allowing running back Carlos Hyde to return to the team after he was charged with striking a woman in a bar.

The 2009 and 2015 reports came to public attention last month, after Zach Smith, 34, had to appear in court over a charge of misdemeanor trespassing, over an incident that he claims was actually a dispute with his ex-wife over when and where he was supposed to drop off their son. Per the Powell Police report, a box was checked indicating Zach Smith had been arrested.

A bombshell report Wednesday that Meyer - despite his assurance otherwise last week - knew of repeated domestic abuse allegations against former receivers coach Zach Smith suggests he neglected both of them. Smith's attorney allegedly had the divorce documents sealed without Courtney's consent, but they were unsealed and released Wednesday morning.

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there". Charges were not filed in that case. First I heard about that was last night.

When asked, she said Shelley never came back to clarify whether she ever told her husband.