OSU Coach Urban Meyer knew of abuse allegations against assistant in 2015

OSU Coach Urban Meyer knew of abuse allegations against assistant in 2015

Javier Howell
August 5, 2018

But in an exclusive interview with Smith's ex-wife Courtney, McMurphy said Meyer in fact DID know - as did Meyer's wife, Shelley, and other wives of Ohio State coaches.

Meyer's contract states that if Ohio State is considering terminating with cause, he has the right to "explain the circumstances with his point of view before termination, unless the circumstances are so heinous that, in Ohio State's reasonable judgment, it would be impossible for [Meyer] to justify his actions".

Last week, Zach Smith was terminated.

McMurphy notes in his report that if Meyer knew about the allegations against Smith and ignored them, the school could be in violation of Title IX.

Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation and the team.

Meyer, 54, is one of the must successful active coaches in college football.

Prosecutors never charged Zach Smith in the aftermath of the 2015 incidents.

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"Courtney: "I hope urban is smarter than that" Lindsey: "[Urban] doesn't know what to think" Courtney: "I don't really care.

At this year's Big Ten Media Days, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he was not aware of the incident, according to CBS Sports. If Meyer knew about the 2015 incident and allowed Smith to remain on his staff with no punishment, he valued football over Courtney's safety - and let that environment to continue for years.

Courtney also spoke with McMurphy about being pressured not to press charges after Zach was arrested for aggravated battery in 2009 while she was pregnant.

He was sacked by OSU last month after reports that his ex-wife also filed a protective order against him, writing in a sworn document that her ex-husband has stalked and intimidated her.

"He took me and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck", Courtney said. Charges were dropped, but Courtney said she only did so after being pressured by two close friends on Urban Meyer: Hiram de Fries and Earle Bruce.

Smith was sacked last month after being charged with criminal trespassing in relation to dropping his children off at his ex-wife's home against her wishes, according to Bleacher Report. He said he was never made aware of a 2015 incident involving Zach Smith. First I heard about that was last night. Smith's attorney allegedly had the divorce documents sealed without Courtney's consent, but they were unsealed and released Wednesday morning. He said: "It came back to me that what was reported wasn't actually what happened". The case was dropped by police when the woman chose not to pursue charges, but Hyde was suspended three games by Ohio State.