Ohio State Closes Ranks As Meyer Probe Adds New Scandal

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It's alleged that Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer, knew that the wife of former OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith, Courtney Smith, was being physically abused by the assistant.

"Courtney said [Shelley] knew about the abuse that begin in 2009, continued in 2015 and culminated with Zach Smith being served a domestic violence civil protection order last week".

She also told McMurphy that Shelley said she would have to tell Urban and Courtney encouraged her to do so. Those messages include pictures of a bruised Courtney Smith.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday. By day's end, he was on administrative leave, amid speculation he will not again be the Buckeyes head coach.

Zach Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, said in a statement to ESPN on Wednesday: "Once he gets his chance to tell his side of events, don't be surprised when it is corroborated by every police who ever responded to Ms. Smith's calls". Meyer-one of the most celebrated coaches in college sports-is officially, stunningly, on ice. Meyer acknowledges he knew about a 2009 incident when he hired Smith but says he didn't hear of the latest allegation until last week. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.

"That's at another program that I'm not going to comment on", said Herman when asked if he had discussed the Ohio State situation with the two. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. "I was never told about anything ... never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that". Courtney Smith said her then-husband had assaulted her during an argument about their young children. First I heard about that was last night.

Steve Spurrier, the greatest coach in Florida Gators history - considers Urban Meyer - the second-greatest coach in Florida Gators history - to be friend.

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