Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the university.
The school’s decision comes in the fallout of the situation involving wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who Meyer fired last week.
Smith was accused of domestic violence multiple times over a six-year period by his then-wife, Courtney, dating back to Zach’s time on Meyer’s staff at Florida.
Smith’s ex-wife said people close to head coach Urban Meyer knew of a 2015 domestic violence incident involving her husband.
“All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Smith said. “They all did. Every single one.”
“The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations. During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible,” a spokesperson for the university said.
Meyer says he was unaware of the 2015 incident.
“I got a text last night that something happened in 2015, and there was nothing,” Meyer said. “I don’t know who creates a story like that.”
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