Ohio State places Meyer on administrative leave

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer put on leave amid abuse probe of fired assistant

Though there is not an account of direct firsthand communication to Urban Meyer, McMurphy has several text messages between Courtney Smith and the coaches' wives that point to communication with Meyer. Here are five things about Urban that you need to know in the midst of what is now a pending investigation into the claims.

Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was charged with criminal trespassing after dropping their children off at his ex-wife Courtney's home during a May 12 incident. David Pollack said he does not believe Meyer will be at Ohio State any longer.

Shelley Meyer is also an instructor at the Ohio State school of nursing and would have been bound by Title IX regulation to report such abuse - and is required similarly as a registered nurse. According to online sportsbook BetMyBookie, the odds are greater that Meyer will be fired before the first game of the 2018 season.

Meyer told the Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley he was informed of the incident by one of his UF assistants and "didn't think about it again" until six years later after Hernandez was accused [and convicted] of murder when he played for the New England Patriots.

Will Urban Meyer keep his job as head football coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes?

Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the interim coach while Meyer is on leave.

When TCU fans found out that their team would face off against Ohio State, the most common reaction likely involved a mix of excitement and fear. The season starts September 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus, Ohio.

Meyer said in a statement that he and Gene Smith, Ohio State's athletic director, "agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion".

There are a set of facts to work with moving forward, starting with the criminal trespass and past allegations against Zach Smith that started this whole mess that has tripped up Meyer's smooth-running machine just two days before training camp.

"I was never told about anything, anything never came to light, never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that", Meyer said last week of the 2015 abuse allegations. Courtney also said she shared with them pictures of bruises on her neck and arms from past beatings.

Smith was sacked before the Big Ten media days last week. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

As far as we know now, Courtney Smith never personally reached out to Urban Meyer, only Shelley. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

At Big Ten media days, Meyer said he knew of the incident in 2009 and he and Shelley Meyer addressed it with the Smiths. Meyer worked for Bruce and considers him a mentor.

The announcement was made hours after the ex-wife of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith alleged publicly that she told Meyer's wife in 2015 that Smith had assaulted her.

Courtney: "I don't really care".

"I was never told about anything".

Anybody who covered Urban Meyer at the University of Florida knows he overlooked many player transgressions in his zeal to win to championships.

"I hadn't heard that". It came back to me that what was reported wasn't what actually happened. Smith's attorney allegedly had the divorce documents sealed without Courtney's consent, but they were unsealed and released Wednesday morning.

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