Ohio State placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave Wednesday as the university investigates what Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant Zach Smith. Courtney Smith also provided threatening texts she claims came from her ex-husband, former assistant Zach Smith.
Meyer originally claimed that he knew nothing about two alleged domestic-violence incidents against Zach Smith in 2015.
Football practice starts on Friday, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day serving as the interim coach.
Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation and the team. "I've seen other coaches who would keep players and try to rehab them ... but I think it (zero tolerance on domestic violence) should be a rule in all of college football".
Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week that he knew of an incident involving Smith and his then-wife in 2009, when Smith was on Meyer's staff at Florida.
She continued, "When somebody is crying out for help, I believe, the coach along with the coach's wife have a duty".
Annual studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus list it as college football's most valuable brand and, according to the Columbus Dispatch, the school trademarked the name "Urban Meyer" in 2015.
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., November 4, 2017.
That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. Zach Smith was charged with criminal trespassing and a protection order was filed. That is about all I can say right now.
"All the (coaches') wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy. I've never had a conversation about it. I told people to go find out for me.