Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Urban Meyer Reportedly Ignored Ex-Assistant’s Domestic Violence History

Urban Meyer Reportedly Ignored Ex-Assistant’s Domestic Violence History

"We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible", Ohio State said in a press release.

Last week, Meyer announced that Smith had been fired.

When TCU fans found out that their team would face off against Ohio State, the most common reaction likely involved a mix of excitement and fear.

" 'In 2015 I came forward with it, ' Smith said".

Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was charged with criminal trespassing after dropping their children off at his ex-wife Courtney's home during a May 12 incident.

The 2009 and 2015 reports came to public attention last month, after Zach Smith, 34, had to appear in court over a charge of misdemeanor trespassing, over an incident that he claims was actually a dispute with his ex-wife over when and where he was supposed to drop off their son.

As far as we know now, Courtney Smith never personally reached out to Urban Meyer, only Shelley.

Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith.

Courtney Smith also had a text exchange with Lindsey Voltolini, who is married to longtime Urban Meyer assistant Brian Voltolini.

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Courtney opened up about the reported domestic violence. Powell Police investigated a domestic violence incident involving Smith in 2015, but no one was charged.

"I got a text late last night something happened in 2015 - and there was nothing", he said.

"I know why nothing was done".

And this was despite the existence of police reports documenting what receivers coach Zach Smith did to his wife, Courtney. That he was as shockingly surprised of all of this as anyone else - even with his wife trading text messages with Courtney Smith.

On Wednesday, college football reporter extraordinaire Brett McMurphy confirmed everything I've ever believed about Meyer, who was shockingly placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State as a result of McMurphy's reporting.

How can Meyer continue to be employed by a state institution of higher learning during these revolutionary #MeToo times when women nationwide are standing up and bringing down powerful men who are perpetuating or ignoring sexual misconduct in the workplace?

But in the Stadium interview, Courtney Smith said that Shelley Meyer never confirmed that she told her husband about the abuse.

On Wednesday, McMurphy said that "that Meyer did know about the 2015 incident in which Smith was arrested for felonious assault and domestic violence of his then-wife". I said, 'That's fine. And thanks to his incredible recruiting success, the establishment of "Real Life Wednesdays" and a clean record with the NCAA, Ohio State had again been built into one of the few, true powerhouses in college football.

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