In the wake of explosive allegations that Urban Meyer lied about having knowledge about an assistant coach’s domestic violence arrest, Ohio State has placed the head coach on administrative leave.
Ohio State puts Meyer on paid leave while investigating. pic.twitter.com/3RvcfQ0TjD
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 1, 2018
Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, broke this bombshell story on Wednesday morning after conducting an interview with Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith.
She alleges that the coaches at Florida were made aware that Zach had been arrested for domestic violence back in 2009, which contradicts what Meyer himself had said previously.
Urban Meyer told a few reporters this morning he was aware of Zach Smith’s arrest in 2009 at UF, but was not aware of 2015 incident at Ohio State I reported on Monday. Meyer will speak at B1G media days at 9:30 a.m. CT
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 24, 2018
Zach Smith was ultimately arrested many times for domestic violence but never charged. Courtney Smith alleges a member of Meyer’s coaching staff, Hiram de Fries, had pressured her into not pressing charges.
This is a bombshell that will absolutely rock college football, potentially for years to come.