Ohio State announces group that will direct Urban Meyer investigation

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

The ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith discussed Thursday in an interview with Stadium the domestic violence allegations she made against him and how head coach Urban Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer, reacted to them.

But former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy released a bombshell Wednesday, posting text messages and photos between Courtney Smith and Meyer's wife, Shelley.

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.

The crux of what investigators will be looking for is whether Meyer followed proper protocols when and if he received information about allegations regarding Smith.

On Wednesday, Meyer's Ohio State program was rocked by an article chronicling accusations of domestic violence against a longtime staffer.

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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.

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. He was one of my coaches when I played.

Annual studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus list it as college football's most valuable brand and, according to the Columbus Dispatch, the school trademarked the name "Urban Meyer" in 2015. "I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", Meyer said.

Only two days ago, the New Albany, Ohio-based chain had introduced Meyer as its "head breakfast coach" in an advertising campaign. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.

Joe Paterno's career four-decade career as Penn State coach ended when he was sacked amid questions about how much he knew about Sandusky's past crimes and whether he acted appropriately with allegations he was told of by an assistant coach. Courtney Smith said her then-husband had assaulted her during an argument about their young children.

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