Ohio State announced Wednesday night it has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for three games for failing to take sufficient management action relating to former assistant coach Zach Smith's misconduct. Meyer's reaction stemmed from college football journalist Brett McMurphy's August 1 report about Courtney's Smith's domestic violence allegations against her ex-husband, former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, and the steps Meyer and the OSU football program took to address them.
"I followed my heart and not my head", Meyer said, quickly reading a written statement during a news conference after his punishment was announced.
It is Meyer's job to know.
"The fact that he could not mention the victim's name, Courtney Smith - he was asked specifically about her, said he felt sorry for everyone involved", Christine Brennan, a sports columnist for USA Today and a CNN sports analyst, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday morning. Police looked into the 2015 allegations, but no formal charges were filed, officials said. Ohio State placed Meyer on leave, and two days later he released a statement changing his story, claiming he had been informed about the 2015 accusation, and had followed "proper reporting protocols". "My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. however, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions". But he also acknowledged lying to reporters a week earlier when he said he hadn't heard of the incident until shortly before he fired Zach Smith.
When investigators reviewed Meyer's phone, it contained no messages more than a year old.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer will return from his three-game suspension within plenty of time to coach the Buckeyes when they visit Beaver Stadium next month for the White Out. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015.
Meyer was aware that his assistant coach Zach Smith was arrested in 2009 for domestic assault of his pregnant wife while both coaches were at Florida. Whether that will happen, I don't know.
"Given the closeness of their relationship and Shelley's concerns, we believe it is likely that Shelley and Urban Meyer had at least some communication about these allegations in late 2015", the report states. The same day, Ohio State fired Zach Smith, who had been making $340,000 per year.
Meyer and his wife, Shelley, doubted the veracity of Courtney Smith's allegations of violence and abuse.
Days after the report came to light, Meyer admitted to knowing about the 2015 allegations and apologized for previously "misleading" the media at the Big Ten Media Day event in Chicago on July 24. Gene Smith recommended to Meyer that he fire Zach Smith, but Meyer did not.
The report states Meyer was aware of the coaches' trip to the strip club.
Meyer & Shelley Meyer definitely never talked about the images/texts from Courtney Smith. It's what he didn't say - starting with her name.
After failing to utter Courtney Smith's name during the Tuesday night press conference in Columbus, Meyer f was asked what his message to her would be.
The Meyer investigation cost $500,000 and was conducted by the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. "He should've addressed it, did he do the right thing?" said Bogard. Well, reading through the full findings of the Urban Meyer investigation, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Meyer's scandal and those of ol' Crooked Hillary Clinton.