Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Ohio State University. The move was made after reports surfaced that the National Championship winning coach had knowledge of domestic violence accounts involving former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
College football reporter Brett McMurphy broke the news of the domestic violence of Smith's ex-wife Courtney earlier in the day on his facebook page. The allegations took place back in 2015. She told McMurphy that all the coaches' wives knew of the abuse including Meyer's wife Shelley.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as the interim head coach.
Meyer released the following statement around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening in regards to the events.
“(Athletic Director) Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.”
The Ohio State Buckeyes begin training camp on Friday. The season kicks off on September 1 at Ohio Stadium against the Oregon State Beavers.