Ohio State placed head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates whether or not Meyer knew of allegations of domestic violence against recently fired receivers coach Zach Smith.
A report by college football reporter Brett McMurphy earlier in the day contradicted Meyer?s recent comments at Big Ten media day that he was unaware of allegations against Smith. The report said Meyer was aware that Zach Smith was accused of domestic violence by his wife, Courtney Smith, since at least Oct. 2015.
?The university is conducting an 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 football coach during the investigation.
?We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.?
Meyer discussed the situation with athletic director Gene Smith and said he was on board with the decision by the university to place him on leave.
?Gene 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 camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.?
Meyer termed firing Zach Smith, which happened July 23, as a ?very tough call.?
Wednesday?s report included text messages between Courtney Smith, Shelley Meyer (Urban?s wife) and other coaches? wives showing Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations. Courtney Smith also said that she sent photos of the abuse to Shelley Meyer.
In an interview with Stadium posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Courtney Smith said she is unsure whether Shelley Meyer actually told her husband about the abuse, but said the Meyers should have taken responsibility.