Meyer placed on paid administrative leave

Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into what Meyer knew about alleged abuse by an assistant coach.

Smith's ex-wife, Courtney, provided text messages to McMurphy that showed text messages between her and other wives of Ohio State coaches.

"Conduct that would meet the definition of a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by the complainant's current or former spouse or intimate partner, a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common, a person who is or has cohabitated with the complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or individual similarly situated to a spouse under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under the domestic or family violence law of the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred".

Urban said if he had, Zach would've been fired. Meyer was the Gators' head coach at the time; Smith was an intern on his staff.

Messages left with Ohio State on Wednesday were not returned.

Ohio State may be in violation of Title IX, which states: discrimination on the basis of sex, can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.

At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Urban said he knew about the domestic violence allegations against Zach in 2009 but not 2015. Included were multiple photos of the cuts and bruises inflicted by Smith, as well as several exchanges with Meyer's wife, Shelley, who not only made it clear that she was concerned for the victim's safety but that she felt compelled to inform her husband.

With the latest report from McMurphy coming to light, the focus will now be squarely on Meyer to further explain what he did or did not know about Smith's string of domestic violence issues. "Once again, there's nothing - once again, I don't know who creates a story like that".

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Smith told McMurphy. "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban'". Zach Smith was never arrested or charged in any of the Powell incidents, and his attorney Brad Koffel released a statement to ESPN saying Zach Smith would respond to his ex-wife's allegations in court.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith told Stadium.

I also did reach out to the Westgate's Jeff Sherman to ask if their OSU's odds had shifted at all, and he replied "not at this time".

"Zach once told me if he ever got fired and this all comes out: 'I'll take everyone at Ohio State down with me, '" Courtney told McMurphy.

"He called me and asked, 'How bad is it?'" Thomas told McMurphy. During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave.

She also told McMurphy that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban and Courtney encouraged her to do so.

Meyer said he received input into the decision to fire Smith as well. "She never made me feel like I was a threat by telling her these things", Courtney said.

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