He was adamant at Big Ten media days that it was all news to him, but that story seems increasingly hard to believe based on Courtney Smith's account - even if those police reports had Zach Smith's name redacted. During the investigation, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as acting head coach for the Buckeyes.
More detailed information was released regarding how Meyer handled the past allegations regarding Smith. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", Meyer said of the leave of absence, according to the Associated Press.
"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Courtney Smith told Brett McMurphy, a college football reporter laid off by ESPN past year who posted the story on his Facebook page. I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light.
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanour criminal trespass.
The Columbus Dispatch obtained court documents on Wednesday from an affidavit Courtney Smith filed on December 18, 2015, where she said, "Zach has made threats toward me and has become physically violent".
Courtney Smith made the allegations in an interview with the digital sports network Stadium and provided text messages to reporter Brett McMurphy. "I said, 'That's fine". The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.
Smith says she does not know if Shelley told her husband. He was awarded with the title of college football coach of the year by sportswriters and television commentators in the form of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award and the Home Depot Coach of the Year award in 2004.
"I do believe he knew, and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody", Smith said.
Courtney Smith shared photos of purporting to show herself with bruises on her neck and arms, and a bloodied hand from an alleged encounter with her husband. He pleaded not guilty, and a hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Zach Smith also was arrested for battery of Courtney Smith in 2009 when he was on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida, an incident Meyer said last week he reported to supervisors at the time. I've never had a conversation about it.
"I hadn't heard that". "They knew there was an investigation going on and not once did anyone call me and ask me what happened". McMurphy writes that those wives "and a number of Ohio State assistant coaches were aware of Smith's domestic violence issues".