Ohio State announces group that will direct Urban Meyer investigation

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

Courtney Smith alleged Wednesday that she told Meyer's wife, Shelley, about the abuse in text messages and phone conversations in 2015 and that Shelley Meyer indicated she would tell the head coach.

Meyer said he was aware of an incident involving Zach and Courtney Smith in 2009, while they were still married.

The former assistant, Zach Smith, was sacked last week after an OH court granted a protective order sought by his ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Texas coach Tom Herman, who served as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator from 2012-14, declined Thursday to discuss the domestic violence disclosures that rocked the Ohio State program. But Meyer said he knew nothing of the 2015 abuse allegations until the day he let Smith go.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer's program has been one of the most dominant in college football, and his players have mostly stayed out of major trouble.

At issue is whether Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

The day after Smith was sacked, Meyer was asked about the allegations during the Big Ten Conference Football Media Day.

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"There was nothing, I don't know who creates a story like that", Meyer said.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday.

That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. This was one of the worst: During an alleged assault in October 2015, Courtney Smith said her then-3-year-old daughter "was clinging" to her leg.

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of onetime Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against her ex-husband on July 20.

"I can't say it didn't happen because I wasn't there", Meyer said. First I heard about that was last night.

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