Ohio State University placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave on Monday as it launches an investigation into allegations that Meyer failed to act on domestic violence allegations against a team employee.
Meyer is accused of knowing in 2015 that Smith was involved in an alleged domestic dispute with his then-wife, Courtney Smith, college football reporter Brett McMurphy wrote on Wednesday.
Meyer previously told reporters last week that he was never told anything about the incident that resulted in injuries to Smith's ex-wife, Courtney.
The issue is whether or not Meyer protected an assistant coach, Zach Smith, after domestic violence allegations were made against Smith.
Zach Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, said in a statement to ESPN on Wednesday: "Once he gets his chance to tell his side of events, don't be surprised when it is corroborated by every police who ever responded to Ms. Smith's calls". "I've seen other coaches who would keep players and try to rehab them ... but I think it (zero tolerance on domestic violence) should be a rule in all of college football". Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.
Just days ago, the Ohio-based restaurant chain announced an endorsement deal with Meyer and proclaimed him its "head breakfast coach".
When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that". Urban Meyer brought Smith, the grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, to Ohio State in 2012. He played for Meyer as a walk-on at Bowling Green, worked for him at Florida and was hired as the wide receivers coach when Meyer came to Ohio State in 2012. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.
She told the Stadium sports network that her ex-husband had abused her, starting in 2009.
"All the (coaches') wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy. First I heard about that was last night.