Urban Meyer is Put on a Paid Administrative Leave and Here’s Why
Coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave as announced by Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the head coach in Meyer’s leave which is in place pending an investigation into his handling of the Zach Smith situation. Smith, a former player of Meyer’s at Bowling Green, was fired on Monday after a protection order was filed against him by Courtney last Friday.
The Zach smith situation – going back to 2009
In 2009, Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on his three months pregnant victim wife, following an argument. He was a member of Meyer’s staff at Florida then and no charges were filed in that incident. Meyer claims he became involved in counseling Smith after he learned of the incident. Zach was further arrested for domestic violence and felonious assault against his wife which happened back in 2015.
Urban Meyer on the other hand claims that the Zach Smith report was ‘Not Accurate’ and says 2015 Incident Was ‘Nothing’.
However, the College Football Insider claims otherwise. Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday posted a string of interviews, pictures and text messages shared between Meyer’s wife Shelley and Zach’s ex wife Courtney and uses that as evidence against Meyer who he thinks did know about the 2015 incident in which he was arrested for felonious assault and domestic violence of his then-wife.
Urban Meyer said “what was reported” about Zach Smith from the 2009 arrest at Florida was “not accurate.” All of that information I reported came directly from the police report
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 24, 2018
While the entire Brett McMurphy report is worth a read, here’s an extract that provides with the gist of it: proof that Urban Meyer and his wife Shelley knew about the 2015 incident.
Meyer’s wife, Shelley, at one point during a 2015 exchange told Courtney Smith’s on text messages,
“I am with you! A lot of women stay hoping it will get better. I don’t blame you! But just want u to be safe. Do you have a restraining order? He scares me.”
What Courtney had to say
Courtney said that Shelley was a “frequent texter” and that “Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban,” I said: ‘That’s fine, you should tell Urban.’ I know Shelley did everything she could.”
“Zach once told me,” Courtney said, “if he ever got fired and this all comes out: ‘I’ll take everyone at Ohio State down with me.’”
Meyer claims he never knew
In October 2015 while on Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, Smith was arrested again for felonious assault and domestic violence of his wife. That 2015 case remains open and Meyer claims he did not know about that case until Monday.
“I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing,” Meyer claims.
Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation and the team.