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Buckeyes place Meyer on paid leave

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ohio State Buckeyes head football Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave. With Meyer being away from the team, Ryan Day will be the acting head coach

Practice for the upcoming begins on Friday. Day will lead the team until there is a resolution to Meyer’s situation.

“The university is conducting n investigation into these allegations,” Ohio State said in a statement. “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.”

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer celebrates with one of players after their Bowl win

Urban Meyer celebrates Cotton Bowl Classic win (Getty Images)

College Football Insider Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, broke information that Meyer reportedly knew in 2015 about a domestic violence incident regarding his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The former assistant has a history of domestic violence against his former wife Courtney Smith.

Stadium had a sit-down interview with Smith just a short-time after McMurphy broke the allegations on Facebook. Smith, according to text messages obtained by McMurphy, texted Meyer’s wife about the incidents. It’s hard to believe that Meyer’s wife Shelley would not tell her husband.

If he knew of the allegations, he undoubtedly put himself and the school in a tough position. Just last week, during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Illinois, Meyer said he did not know about the 2015 allegations.

After McMurphy’s bombshell came to light, a lot of people called for Meyer to leave his job. McMurphy’s bombshell report, along with Smth’s ex-wife’s interview with Stadium contradicted Meyer’s allegations.

Meyer, who has hired Smith as an assistant coach for a long-time, fired his former Bowling Green player on July 23rd.

“Gene [Smith, Ohio State Athletic Director] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion,” Meyer said in a statement. “This allows the team to conduct training cam with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”

 

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