Ohio State's Meyer put on leave, investigation opened


That proclamation came three days after McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence protection order against her ex-husband. 'I told Shelley, I sent her some pictures, I spoke to her on the phone.

"I do believe he knew and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody", she said.

"This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".

In Meyer's absence, Ryan Day will assume head coaching duties for the Buckeyes. Powell Police investigated a domestic violence incident involving Smith in 2015, but no one was charged. According to Courtney Smith, however, she reached out to Shelley Meyer after another incident in October 2015, when, she claims, Zach Smith shoved her up against a wall as their 3-year-old daughter clung to her leg. Earlier this year, Meyer agreed to a contract extension that would require Ohio State to pay him $38.1 million if he is fired without cause. 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.

Specifically, Meyer told reporters at the event in Chicago that he was only informed of the situation right before his appearance.

"I was never told about anything", Urban Meyer said.

In a July 23 Facebook post, college football reporter Brett McMurphy detailed a series of domestic violence allegations against Smith dating back to 2009 and 2015. This, despite the fact that the Ohio State coach denied knowing anything about it at Big Ten Media Days last week.

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" 'In 2015 I came forward with it, ' Smith said".

Meyer said he was aware of an incident involving Zach and Courtney Smith in 2009, while they were still married.

With Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave, Ryan Day is now Ohio State's acting coach.

"The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations", a university provided release stated from Wednesday evening.

Courtney Smith, then about 10 weeks pregnant, told police that her husband had "picked her up and threw into the bedroom wall", a report states. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify,"attorney Brad Koffel said". Speaking with McMurphy, Courtney said, "All the [coaches] wives knew". "She would reach out to me, ask me how I'm doing, tell me she was anxious, if I needed anything, she was there".

Information from ESPN's Adam Rittenberg was used in this report.