With college football season right around the corner, the hype is there. Talk about tailgates and Friday night lights seems to be the topic of conversations around the nation.
Not for Ohio State, though. The talk surrounding the Buckeyes has a lot to do with what is going on with its coaching staff.
According to a report from Brett McMurphy, Ohio State’s head coach, Urban Meyer’s knew about the domestic violence allegations against his ex-assistant, Zach Smith dating back to 2015.
McMurphy’s report contradicts Meyer stating he was unaware of Smith’s actions, therefore, the university has placed him on administrative leave and will be opening an investigation.
The university released the following statement to CBS Sports:
“The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations. During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”
Smith has already been fired by the university as a couple weeks ago.
With Meyer on leave, Ohio State will open practice on Friday, under the direction of its offensive coordinator in Day.
Meyer also spoke to CBS Sports on the latest development:
“[Athletic director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”
For more on this story, make sure to check out our previous article, including an interview and text messages from Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, stating Meyer was aware of the actions by his former wide receiver coach.