Statement from The Ohio State University

Aug 03, 2018, 06:13
Statement from The Ohio State University

Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against an assistant coach years before he was sacked last week.

Ryan Day, who has been the team's offensive coordinator, will be acting head football coach while Meyer is on leave.

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

"In 2015 I came forward with it", Courtney Smith said in the interview.

At the time of Smith's firing, Urban Meyer said he never knew about the domestic violence, and that if he had he would have fired Smith a long time ago.

The issue is whether or not Meyer protected an assistant coach, Zach Smith, after domestic violence allegations were made against Smith. If she did tell her husband about the 2015 incident, then Meyer - Ohio's highest paid state employee - was lying to both the media and the public when he claimed the accusation was fabricated. Meyer will continue to collect his $7.6 million annual salary. We expect Coach Meyer to bring out the best in us as he comes to the table with a winning attitude, impressive football resume and of course a mutual appreciation for farm fresh quality and hearty breakfast foods.

Smith provided McMurphy with text messages she exchanged with Shelley Meyer in 2015 about the incident, which brought a police visit but did not result in criminal charges against Zach Smith, who was sacked last month after that allegation and one from 2009 came to light.

That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States.

Smith was sacked last week after an accusation of domestic violence against his wife Courtney came to light.

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. I told people to go find out for me.

When asked about that incident, Meyer claimed at the Big Ten meetings last week, that he was unaware of a 2015 incident.

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