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Ohio State University faces another scandal

Ohio State University faces another scandal

When pressed further and asked if he believes Meyer knew of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against his assistant, Zach Smith, that he claimed to have no knowledge of, Apple stopped short of supporting his former coach. Smith is a long-time Urban Meyer friend and assistant, and the grandson of former OSU coach Earle Bruce. But the restaurant's website, as first noted by Columbus Business First, no longer contains the page dedicated to Meyer as "head breakfast coach". Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of the recently fired wide receivers coach, said in an interview that she had discussed the incident in 2015 with Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer's wife.

"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith told Stadium. As you got deeper and deeper into the story it got progressively worse, and since then I haven't seen any indication that from that school or from anyone else that he is.

"Courtney said [Shelley] knew about the abuse that begin in 2009, continued in 2015 and culminated with Zach Smith being served a domestic violence civil protection order last week".

On Thursday night, Ohio State announced it formed an independent board "related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer".

Ohio State revealed the objective of the group.

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On Wednesday, Meyer's Ohio State program was rocked by an article chronicling accusations of domestic violence against a longtime staffer. The assistant had worked under Meyer for 11 years, starting at the University of Florida in 2005. The season starts September 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus.

When Meyer found out he was being placed on leave, he accepted it.

Either way, Meyer has put his employer in a hard situation, as evidenced by him being placed on leave less than two days prior to the start of the team's fall camp. The Buckeyes had fired Jim Tressel, another national championship-winning coach, before that season for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violation committed by some of his players.

Meyer ended up as the Ohio State coach because of a previous football scandal.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Charges were never filed in those cases. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday. And again, we don't know how much Meyer knew, though it seems likely that his wife was aware of the incidents - Courtney showed McMurphy a text in which Shelley said Zach "scares" her.