Urban Meyer Has Been Suspended 3 Games By Ohio State Over Zach Smith Scandal

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Last month, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was forced to take an administrative leave after journalist Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell report alleging that Meyer knew about 2015 domestic abuse allegations of a member of his coaching staff, Zach Smith.

Via Brett McMurphy

Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview with the victim and other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff.

Courtney Smith, ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, provided text messages between her and the wives of Ohio State coaches – including Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley – showing Meyer’s knowledge of the situation.

Meyer said last week during Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of two alleged domestic violence incidents in 2015 with former assistant wide receivers coach Zach Smith that were investigated by the Powell (Ohio) Police Department.

After a two week independent investigation, Ohio State chose to suspend Meyer for the first three games of the season.

Ohio State released a statement that they felt Meyer did not condone or cover up domestic abuse but was aware and failed to take sufficient management action.

Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach’s misconduct & retained an Assistant who wasn’t performing as an appropriate role model for student-athletes