Ohio State's Urban Meyer could face termination over assistant abuse claims

Posted August 03, 2018

The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. Smith is a long-time Urban Meyer friend and assistant, and the grandson of former OSU coach Earle Bruce.

When asked about that incident, Meyer claimed at the Big Ten meetings last week, that he was unaware of a 2015 incident. That is the basis of Meyer's removal "temporarily" as Ohio State's head coach.

Among Shelley Meyer's text messages to Courtney Smith was one from 2015 in which Shelley wrote of women being victimized by abusive spouses.

Yet here we are, the day after McMurphy reported a story so horrifying it could bring down one of the best coaches in college football history, and some fanatics are blaming the victim.

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If Urban Meyer knew of these allegations all along and didn't take the appropriate actions, he can, and should, lose his job. Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month.

What's as disappointing as anything is it seems so many people - not just Urban Meyer - failed her. Probably. But like it or not, the world was a different place at that time.

In a July 23 Facebook post, college football reporter Brett McMurphy detailed a series of domestic violence allegations against Smith dating back to 2009 and 2015.

Ohio State revealed the objective of the group.

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Ohio State has not commented on the Meyer situation since announcing he was placed on leave.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday.

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.

He was sacked for lying about the fact he knew what his players were doing.

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Although there are shades of gray in every situation with such hard subject matter, this much seems clear: Either Meyer was lying last week when he denied his knowledge of the allegations against Smith, or he's created a culture around his program where team employees and even his own wife are unwilling to share such important information with him. And if we was aware of the 2015 incident - and it appears he was.