'Meyered' in controversy: OSU coach placed on leave

Friday, 03 Aug, 2018

Though he publicly denied knowing anything about domestic violence allegations against one of his coaches in 2015, new evidence has reportedly come to light that suggests Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer may have lied.

The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., November 4, 2017.

Courtney Smith told college football reporter Brett McMurphy her allegations in a story posted on his Facebook page earlier Wednesday. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith's attorney said Courtney Smith had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son. "I even read it myself", said Kara Reutter, parent.

But McMurphy argued that according to text messages, an interview with Courtney Smith, and pictures of the reported abuse, Meyer knew about the alleged 2015 domestic violence incidents.

The crux of what investigators will be looking for is whether Meyer followed proper protocols when and if he received information about allegations regarding Smith. Smith has never been criminally charged. Police reports obtained by cleveland.com detail nine domestic incidents involving Smith and his now ex-wife Courtney between 2012 and last month.

Unlike most of college football's bluebloods, Ohio State has managed for the last half-century to avoid the peaks and valleys that have shaped the history of Alabama, Texas, Southern Cal and the rest. Ohio State's first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday. In his retirement announcement - which came just before he was sacked - Paterno said he wished he had done more.

Meyer acknowledged last week that he had been aware of a 2009 domestic-abuse incident in Gainesville. Meyer didn't "know what to think", Lindsey Voltolini said.

Meyer was out of coaching for a season but was hired by Ohio State in November 2011. "That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on". The similarity prompted the son of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno to weigh in with his opinion about public response criticizing Meyer, comparing Meyer's situation with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Parents say the district assigned Urban Meyer's book, "Above The Line", to every student entering grades 8 through 12.

Like so many who came before him - Joe Paterno, Rick Pitino, et al - Meyer was more consumed with winning at all costs, protecting his program's reputation and covering for his buddies than doing the right thing, the obvious thing, what should've been the easy thing.

"As Penn Staters, we've seen the forces of innuendo, implication and allegation damage the lives and careers of good innocent people", Jay Paterno wrote, saying Americans should demand more.