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Horribly Ironic Urban Meyer T-Shirt Sell Out Mere Hours After Getting Suspended

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 03 August, 2018, 06:17

We don't know how much Meyer knew about the alleged domestic abuse that was inflicted upon Courtney Smith by her now-ex-husband, Zach Smith, who was the Buckeyes' wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator prior to his July 23 firing.

A contract extension given to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in March could provide grounds for the university to fire him over the handling of a longtime assistant accused of domestic violence. 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. By day's end, he was on administrative leave, amid speculation he will not again be the Buckeyes head coach. It's unfortunate that the guy (Zach Smith) was allowed to be on the staff for that long a period of time.

Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith agree that being on leave during the inquiry was best for the investigation and the team.

Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith. It's not clear how restrictive the paid leave will be for the coach set to earn $7.6 million for the season after getting a raise this year. In 2009, Smith was arrested on a charge that Courtney Smith later dropped.

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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.

At the minimum, in an age where many colleges and leagues and business owners are preaching "no tolerance", these charges are a truly ugly black eye on The Ohio State University and Meyer.

Ohio State is also conducting an investigation, undoubtedly to find out if Meyer knew of the allegations against Zach Smith. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.

Meyer told reporters last week that he didn't know anything about the 2015 incident. Meyer didn't "know what to think", Lindsey Voltolini said.

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