Due to pictures and text messages released by Brett McMurphy, Ohio State has conducted an investigation into a report that head coach Urban Meyer knew about the domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015.
Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation and the team.
When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that".
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon following the revelation that Courtney Smith told wives of Ohio State coaches - including Meyer's wife Shelley - that she was abused by Zach.
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The crux of what investigators will be looking for is whether Meyer followed proper protocols when and if he received information about allegations regarding Smith. It's unfortunate that the guy (Zach Smith) was allowed to be on the staff for that long a period of time.
The reason it affects Meyer is because Courtney Smith, the ex-wife, claims she told Meyer's wife Shelley about what was happening and that Meyer would be informe as well.
Said Spurrier: "I consider Urban a good friend, I really do".
Bringing in outsiders could potentially impact the timeline of the university making a decision on Meyer's future, as they will have less working knowledge of the infrastructure and reporting lines at Ohio State. "I told Shelley, I sent her some pictures (of her injuries), I spoke to her on the phone". "That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on".
At issue is whether Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday. I told people to go find out for me. Last week at Big Ten media days, the coach said he was aware of a 2009 case in which Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife while coaching at Florida. I've never had a conversation about it.