The Ohio State football coach said last week he had no knowledge about a pair of alleged domestic violence incidents involving his former assistant coach Zach Smith - who was sacked last week after the cases became public - but text messages surfaced Wednesday indicating both Meyer and his wife, Shelley, were aware dating back to 2015.
Another provision in the contract opens a different avenue for OSU to potentially find cause to fire Meyer, who admitted last week that he was aware of 2009 allegations against Smith from both of their days at Florida before he hired him at Ohio State. The university released a statement saying it was focused on supporting players and "getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible".
Smith was sacked in July, and Meyer denied knowing of the 2015 incident between Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Meyer stated at Big Ten Media Days that there was "nothing" in the 2015 instance.
"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", Smith said. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech 42-24. And there is Ohio State's decision on Wednesday to put Ryan Day in charge of the program while it investigates what Meyer knew, when he knew it and whether he acted appropriately with whatever information he had. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer obtained nine reports from the police department in the Columbus suburb of Powell, Ohio, that detailed more issues between the Smiths.
Courtney Smith has alleged her husband abused in her two separate instances, once in 2009 and again in 2015. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
Veteran college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who broke the story of the 2015 incident, notes that if Meyer or his wife - a nurse at the university - failed to report the domestic abuse, they could be in violation of Title IX. "During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave".
"In 2015 I came forward with it", Smith said. Here are five things about Urban that you need to know in the midst of what is now a pending investigation into the claims.
In 2009, when he was a University of Florida assistant, Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim (Courtney), according to a Gainesville Police Department report (she later dropped the charges). "I'm not going to get into that", he said.