Meyer was aware of abuse claims against fired Buckeyes coach

Meyer was aware of abuse claims against fired Buckeyes coach

On Wednesday, ESPN was blasted for waiting nearly four hours to cover Brett McMurphy's explosive Facebook story about Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State football assistant coach Zach Smith, and her allegations that Shelley Meyer and Urban Meyer knew of Zach's domestic abuse of her.

Courtney Smith gave an interview to Stadium and provided text messages to former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy between her and Shelley Meyer and with the wives of other Buckeyes coaches.

Meyer said he knew about a 2009 incident in which Smith allegedly threw his then-pregnant ex-wife, Courtney Smith, against a wall, but pleaded ignorance to two alleged domestic violence episodes in 2015, going so far as to chide reporters, "I don't know who creates a story like that".

Urban Meyer has been suspended from his job as head football coach at the Ohio State University.

"Smith had been on the Buckeyes" staff since 2012 and got his start in coaching as a special teams quality control assistant on current OSU head coach Urban Meyer's staff at Florida in 2005.

"[Athletic director Gene Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a written statement.

Meyer's comments from early last week during Big Ten media days have been called into question following McMurphy's report. And he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on July 18 related to an incident in May, McMurphy reported.

But just the same, Ohio State is staring at a potential end game it never could have imagined with its superstar coach.

Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith reportedly said that Meyer's wife Shelley knew of the abuse. No charges were filed in that incident.

When asked, she said Shelley never came back to clarify whether she ever told her husband.

Courtney says that the entire coaching staff's wives knew about the domestic violence that had occurred back in 2015.

"Shelly said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney told McMurphy. "I said, 'That's fine". Smith was sacked July 24.

Meyer, 54, has a 73-8 record at Ohio State, including the inaugural 2014 College Football Playoff championship.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Smith told McMurphy. Do you have a restraining order? "A decision was made".

Text messages and accounts from the victim cast doubt on Urban Meyer's claim that he did not know about an alleged domestic assault by one of his assistant coaches, according to a bombshell report released Wednesday. The incident happened the night of a party that Meyer threw for his coaches, including Smith, while they were at Florida.

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