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Ohio State University Puts Head Football Coach Urban Meyer on Paid Administrative Leave

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Ohio State University has placed their head football coach, Urban Meyer, on paid administrative leave while investigating whether or not he was aware of domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistant coaches, Zach Smith. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the head coach during Meyer’s absence.

Zach Smith was fired by the university in July due to the domestic violence accusations. According to Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, “all the [coaches’] wives knew” about the allegations, including Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley. Courtney Smith was also asked about whether or not she believed that Urban Meyer knew of the allegations, and she responded by saying, “I do believe he knew, and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody.” Back on July 25, two days after Zach Smith was fired, Meyer denied knowing that Smith had been accused of domestic violence.

Urban Meyer also gave a statement regarding being placed on administrative leave. In that statement, he said, ”[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.” It is unclear as to when Meyer will be reinstated from his absence, or even if he will be reinstated at all.

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