Urban Meyer reportedly knew about abusive OSU assistant

Posted August 03, 2018

Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State amid an investigation into his knowledge of a situation involving a since-fired member of his coaching staff.

Up to this point, neither Meyer, nor officials from Ohio State have responded to the latest allegations.

No reasonable person can now conclude that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer did anything but lie through his teeth about not knowing that a Buckeyes assistant coach brutally attacked his wife in 2015.

Zach Smith was one of the original nine assistants hired by Meyer when he came to Ohio State in 2012. The university released a statement saying it was focused on supporting players and "getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible". He said he received a text message in July relating to another alleged incident in 2015 that involved Zach Smith, but "there was nothing". I know nothing about it. A message left by the AP for Zach Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, requesting comment was not immediately returned. Meyer said he would have fired Smith in 2015 had he known of the incidents that were investigated (no charges were filed) by the Powell (Ohio) Police Department. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday. If Meyer knew about the 2015 incident and allowed Smith to remain on his staff with no punishment, he valued football over Courtney's safety - and let that environment to continue for years. She called the police after an incident that October, when Smith allegedly shoved her against the wall with his hands around her neck, "something he did very often", Courtney said.

"[DeFries] said, 'If you don't drop the charges, Zach will never coach again, '" Smith told McMurphy. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".

"All the [coaches] wives knew", Courtney told McMurphy.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Whittingham, a Utah assistant from 1994-2004, served as co-head coach with Meyer during the team's Fiesta Bowl win and took over as the Utes' head coach after Meyer left for Florida. "They knew there was an investigation going on and not once did anyone call me and ask me what happened".

Coach Smith was accused of domestic abuse in 2015 when he pushed his then wife against the wall and choked her, all in front of their children who were three and five at the time. She went on to say the behavior wasn't typical of Rainey.

The Smiths divorced in 2016. "I'm not going to get into that", he said.

"[Assistant coach Zach] Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith tells Stadium TV that Meyer's wife Shelley knew of the abuse".