Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

As Urban Meyer situation unfolds, here’s what Will Muschamp told his staff

As Urban Meyer situation unfolds, here’s what Will Muschamp told his staff

Urban Meyer could even be throwing his wife under the bus, since as a university employee herself she would be required under Ohio State's Title IX sexual misconduct policy to report any allegation of domestic violence against someone who works at the school.

When Meyer was asked about the protection order filed against Smith, the coach said the firing decision had "a little bit" to do with that and that it was a "group effort" to come to that decision.

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

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

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season.

At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Urban said he knew about the domestic violence allegations against Zach in 2009 but not 2015. In that event, Smith's job could very well be jeopardy, at which point a coaching search could take on an entirely different tenor.

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"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Smith told McMurphy.

When asked if he could see Meyer knowing about the alleged abuse and covering it up, Apple said he was unsure. Police reports obtained by cleveland.com detail nine domestic incidents involving Smith and his now ex-wife Courtney between 2012 and last month.

Bringing in outsiders could potentially impact the timeline of the university making a decision on Meyer's future, as they will have less working knowledge of the infrastructure and reporting lines at Ohio State.

This is a he-said, she-said case and Urban did nothing wrong, they say. Courtney Smith's allegations - including the text messages - were reported by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy on his Facebook page and in a video interview with Smith. "I don't know. Someone texted me that last night".

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. I told people to go find out for me.

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