Fuente mentioned as #10 replacement for Urban Meyer

Dean Simpson
August 3, 2018

Ohio State placed head football coach Urban Meyer on administration leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that he was aware of domestic abuse carried out by one of his assistants but didn't take action.

"I asked people back at the office to call and see what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing about it", Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days.

While speaking with reporters at training camp, Apple described Meyer's administrative leave and the investigation as "unfortunate".

When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that".

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S., November 4, 2017.


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

McMurphy also obtained a text exchange that Courtney Smith said was with Lindsey Voltolini, whose husband, Brian, has been a member of Meyer's coaching staffs at OSU, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green.

The fallout continues for Urban Meyer.

Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife.

Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor of Clinical Practice at the Ohio State University College of Nursing.


"Sometimes you get in life something you don't like ... you have to do something different", he told USA TODAY Sports in December.

Meyer's future with one of the most storied programs in college football depends on how he managed allegations that Buckeyes assistant and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith - answering the questions of what Meyer knew and when. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced.

But McMurphy argued that according to text messages, an interview with Courtney Smith, and pictures of the reported abuse, Meyer knew about the alleged 2015 domestic violence incidents.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light".


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