Eli Apple, former Ohio State players react to Urban Meyer investigation

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

Ohio State placed football coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave on Wednesday evening in the wake of reports that showed widespread knowledge of domestic abuse allegations by Courtney Smith, the wife of former assistant coach Zach Smith, by those around the program.

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. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".

You can say you would've handled things differently, but that overlooks the larger, much more important, issue.

Meyer was placed on leave after the ex-wife of longtime assistant Zach Smith called into question Meyer's claim that he was unaware of a 2015 domestic abuse allegation against Smith.

Though he publicly denied knowing anything about domestic violence allegations against one of his coaches in 2015, new evidence has reportedly come to light that suggests Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer may have lied. Meyer will continue to collect his $7.6 million annual salary.

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

"Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed", Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email.

On Thursday, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum said that he doesn't believe Meyer will survive this scandal.

Meyer hired Smith to join him at Ohio State in 2012 and fired Smith last week after an Ohio court granted a domestic violence protective order to Courtney Smith against her former husband.

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse. The allegations stemmed from a 2015 incident. He was one of my coaches when I played.

Meyer previously told reporters last week that he was never told anything about the incident that resulted in injuries to Smith's ex-wife, Courtney.

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