Urban Meyer on hot seat over handling of assistant abuse claims

Ohio Setate coach Urban Meyer watches the NCAA college football team's spring game in Columbus Ohio

This is why Spurrier says he is "hoping and praying" Urban Meyer did not lie in an attempt to cover up allegations of domestic violence against recently fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy, the same guy who broke the news about OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith's firing following multiple allegations of domestic abuse, posted screenshots of text conversations between Zach's ex-wife Courtney and Urban Meyer's wife Shelley, photos of Courtney's injuries, along with an extensive report of his other findings on Facebook. Courtney Smith claims her ex-husband shoved her against a wall with his hands around her neck.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Smith told McMurphy. When asked about the 2015 allegations at Big Ten Media Days last week, Meyer denied any knowledge of the incidents. Ryan Day will serve as acting football coach during the investigation.

Urban Meyer's coaching future is in limbo.

"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement.

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Steve Spurrier, the greatest coach in Florida Gators history - considers Urban Meyer - the second-greatest coach in Florida Gators history - to be friend. Ohio State opens preseason camp Friday without knowing who will lead the team September 1 against Oregon State. Meyer said he and his wife, Shelley Meyer, "actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward". "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light". Voltolini has been part of Meyer's staff since Meyer's first head-coaching stop at Bowling Green.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

In 2009, Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife while he was working for Meyer in Gainesville, Florida.

Shelley never followed up with Courtney about whether or not she took the information to Urban. In a 2015 text-message exchange that McMurphy reported, Shelley asked Courtney whether she obtained a restraining order against Zach and referred to pictures of bruises that Courtney had sent her. Shelley Meyer reportedly wrote, "He [Zach Smith] scares me".

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