Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Eli Apple, former Ohio State players react to Urban Meyer investigation

Eli Apple, former Ohio State players react to Urban Meyer investigation

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday by OSU, while university officials - and others - investigate whether Meyer knew of a 2015 incident involving assistant coach Zach Smith.

The situation involving Urban Meyer at Ohio State has sent shockwaves across the sports world, and numerous coach's former players have been asked to weigh in on it.

Except Courtney Smith showed McMurphy text messages from Meyer's wife Shelley that certainly seem to indicate she was well aware of Zach Smith's violent past. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".

The group also will "be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter", the university said in a statement. In that exchange, Lindsey Voltolini said Meyer spoke with Smith, and the assistant "denied everything".

Meyer was placed on leave after the ex-wife of longtime assistant Zach Smith called into question Meyer's claim that he was unaware of a 2015 domestic abuse allegation against Smith.

Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith.

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At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Urban said he knew about the domestic violence allegations against Zach in 2009 but not 2015.

Smith was sacked last week after an accusation of domestic violence against his wife Courtney came to light.

Ohio State will now look into what Urban Meyer knew and when, which could determine whether he remains coach of the Buckeyes.

The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn. "That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on".

Muschamp was asked Thursday about issues of domestic violence that can crop up around a football program. "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light".

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse.

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