Monday, 19 November, 2018

Ohio State announces group that will direct Urban Meyer investigation

Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team
Tamara Craig | 03 August, 2018, 11:34

Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday while Ohio State conducts an investigation into what he knew and when he knew it, but we all know where this is likely headed. Zach Smith's ex-wife accuses him of abusing her for years, most recently in 2015.

Zach Smith was finally dismissed by Meyer on July 23 after an OH court granted a domestic violence protective order to Courtney Smith against her former husband.

Courtney Smith concedes that she does not know if Shelley Meyer ever told her husband about the allegations.

Courtney Smith can explain better than most why Urban Meyer and The Ohio State University are under the spotlight.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., November 4, 2017.

This is a he-said, she-said case and Urban did nothing wrong, they say.

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Thursday afternoon, immediately following the second day of fall camp, Whittingham was once again asked about Meyer and if he had anything new he could say about the situation. He said he didn't know of any incident in 2015 but that the Ohio State staff did its own investigation and found no basis for the allegation. "That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on".

No matter what is proven about these allegations against the former wide receiver coach at Ohio State, this much is beyond doubt: Urban Meyer did not commit a crime, he did not witness, nor did he cover up any crimes.

The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn.

Others who played for Meyer or at Ohio State were far less reserved.

Ben Maller thinks that in the likely event that Meyer is out as head coach of Ohio State, he already has a clear path back to the big time. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. Smith has never been criminally charged. I know nothing about it. "No, and I asked some people back at the office to call and say what happened and they came back and said they know nothing about it".

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