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Urban Meyer put on administrative leave, investigation opened

Coach’s ex-wife’s abuse texts put Urban Meyer in crosshairs Modal Trigger Urban Meyer AP
Cassandra Castillo | 02 August, 2018, 05:55

Two weeks after the October 25, 2015 incident, a November 5, 2015 text exchange between Lindsey Voltolini and Courtney shows Meyer talked to Zach Smith about the incident.

"He [deFries] said, 'If you don't drop the charges, Zach will never coach again, '" Courtney Smith told McMurphy, the former ESPN reporter. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban'". The court granted a domestic violence protective order against him. Meyer said had he known about the allegations, he would've fired Zach Smith back then.

"Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation".

Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner responded to Boren's comments.

Ohio State, meanwhile, is about a month away from opening its season.

Meyer - one of the highest paid coaches in college football - also issued a statement saying, " [Athletic Director Gene Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion". "I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", said Meyer in a statement. Shelley Meyer allegedly wrote to Courtney in a 2015 text.

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Zach Smith wasn't charged in the case.

Courtney Smith told McMurphy that in 2015, Smith "took me and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck".

"Zach Smith wants to be as transparent and honest as possible but it is not going to be done today through the media". A hearing has been scheduled for Friday. In fact, Meyer intimated that those allegations were fabricated as he described the decision to dismiss Smith, who was cited in May for criminal trespassing following an incident with his ex-wife, as a "very tough call". 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. Charges were never filed.

When he fired Smith, Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days he was not aware of the 2015 incidents.

Meyer also said what he was told about the incident in 2009 was different from the details of the report that came to light Monday. Before opening your mouth or "reporting" something, know the whole story and know what you are talking about. And 2015, I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. Smith's attorney allegedly had the divorce documents sealed without Courtney's consent, but they were unsealed and released Wednesday morning. He also won national titles at Florida in 2006 and '08. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and is employed as an instructor at Ohio State.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer's program has been one of the most dominant in college football and his players and coaches have mostly stayed out of major trouble.

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