Urban Meyer aware of abuse allegations in 2015: Fired OSU coach

Urban Meyer says he failed on media day dealing with Zach Smith

Urban Meyer says he failed on media day dealing with Zach Smith

The university has placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.

Urban Meyer defended himself Friday, admitting he was not forthright when questioned last week about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistant coaches, but also insisting he handled the situation properly at the time.

Although the Buckeyes head coach initially denied knowledge of the incident, for which Smith was investigated and not charged, a new report from college football reporter Brett McMurphy indicated that both Meyer's wife Shelley and the wife of another team staffer had communicated to Courtney that Meyer had been made aware of the incident.

Meyer said last week that he knew nothing about a 2015 complaint or any other domestic issues that Zach Smith had during the six years Meyer and Smith worked together at Ohio State.

The course of action Meyer presented in the statement seemed appropriate in the wake of the allegations: at the time, Zach Smith was accused of committing domestic violence and felonious assault.

"The power of what I say and how I say it, especially regarding sensitive and serious domestic issues, has never been more evident than now", Urban Meyer wrote. Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts. As the son of an awesome woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it".

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The statement partially addresses the conflict between McMurphy's reporting and Meyer's Big Ten Media Days remarks. Meyer and Zach Smith both added essential pieces to their sides of the story that was mainly being told through the reporting of Brett McMurphy, and it happened nearly in unison as Zach Smith sternly said he.

Meyer said he believes he will be vindicated once all of the information comes out. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading.

"Think back to the cheating the lies and picking me up by my neck and strangling me in Punta Cana and at our place in April", Courtney texted to Zach.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban, she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith said in a comment.

"We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible", the university said in a statement. Now it's time to ask why Meyer thought a coach he'd already fired, for allegations that had already gone public, was worth lying about at all. "I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer said of the '15 allegations.

Meyer posted a 73-8 record, including one national championship, during his seven seasons at Ohio State. For Ohio State, for the players, for him and his family.

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