Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ohio State announces group that will direct Urban Meyer investigation

Ohio State announces group that will direct Urban Meyer investigation

Then there was Aaron Hernandez.

Let's not forget Meyer's mysterious departure from the Gators. He resigned twice at Florida, citing health reasons, first in the 2009 season after the Gators lost the Southeastern Conference championship game while trying to repeat as national champs. No wonder his critics referred to him as "Urban Liar".

Others who played for Meyer or at Ohio State were far less reserved.

Buckeyes alumni weren't all supportive of Meyer, however.

This possible cover-up involves Smith, whose ties to Meyer run deep.

Meyer is out of the frying pan and now we'll see if he goes into the fryer, as his Ohio State future is very much in doubt.

There are, however, a sufficient number of facts that show Meyer is in real danger of losing his job, and the dismissals might not stop there.

But Smith's personal life has always been troubled, and Meyer certainly knew at least part of the story. When asked about the 2015 allegations at Big Ten Media Days last week, Meyer denied any knowledge of the incidents.

The most recent charge occurred in May, during an incident that occurred when Zach Smith dropped off the couple's son at his wife's home.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

The strife at home didn't let up. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced.

Family, whom Smith said told her not to tell the police about her ex-husband's actions, out of fear that Zach would lose his lucrative coaching career.

When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that".

Meyer, one of the greatest college coaches of all-time, was put on paid administrative leave by the Buckeyes Wednesday in the wake of college football reporter Brett McMurphy's volatile interview with Zach Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Thursday afternoon, immediately following the second day of fall camp, Whittingham was once again asked about Meyer and if he had anything new he could say about the situation. "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light". "I don't know. Someone texted me that last night".

At the time of Smith's firing, Urban Meyer said he never knew about the domestic violence, and that if he had he would have fired Smith a long time ago.

Smith, who was sacked last week, has never been convicted of a crime or charged with assaulting his ex-wife - but she has provided evidence that seems to indicate her claims are true.

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