Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is on indefinite paid administrative leave. The university is investigating claims of spousal abuse by former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, on Meyer’s watch. Smith himself was fired a few weeks ago. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day is serving as acting head coach.
Coach Meyer released a statement “Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate it’s completion. This will allow the team to conduct training camp with minimal distractions. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”
The OSU board of trustees had approved a committee to investigate if Coach Urban Meyer knew of the spousal abuse and how that relates to Title IX. The results are expected in just over a week.
Zach Smith faces criminal trespassing charges in Delaware Municipal Court. Pre-trail is set for August 22, 2018. Trial is set for August 23, 2018
A full hearing in Delaware Domestic Relations Court for the case involving Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney has been scheduled for September 14th at 9am.
On Friday August 3 OSU Coach Urban Meyer tweeted a statement about the fact that he did know something was going on.
“Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels,” Meyer said in a statement posted on Twitter. “And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”
Meyer admitted that he did not handle the situation correctly during Big Ten media days, saying “My words, whether in a reply to a reporter’s question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate. Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” he said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”
OSU plans to complete investigation on time Sunday:
OSU Trustees will meet Wednesday at 9am to discuss personnel matters related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer. The investigative team verbally shared its findings with the board today in an informational briefing. Wednesday’s session will begin as a public meeting and then enter executive session for the personnel matters discussion. In a statement the university referenced that Monday’s briefing was “to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday’s meeting”. No word when the outcome will be announced to the public.
Urban Meyer has been on paid leave since August first.