Former Gators Head Coach Urban Meyer Placed on Paid Administrative Leave by Ohio State
By Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports // August 1, 2018
Meyer may have lied about having knowledge of former coach committing domestic violence
ABOVE VIDEO: Former Gators head coach Urban Meyer tells reporters at the Big 10 Media Day why he fired receivers coach Zach Smith.
(CBS SPORTS) – Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave, the school announced late Wednesday, as a response to a report that made it clear Meyer knew about domestic violence incidents involving former wide receivers coach Zach Smith but did not act or remove him from his football programs prior to this offseason.
“The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations,” Ohio State said in a statement provided to CBS Sports. “During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave.
Ryan Day will serve as the acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”
Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday — through a string of interviews and text messages he uncovered — that Meyer did know about the 2015 incident in which Smith was arrested for felonious assault and domestic violence of his then-wife.
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