Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night.
Last Wednesday morning, reporter Brett McMurphy released extensive text conversations and interviews with Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked by the university after his history of alleged domestic violence became public. Mary Jo White, a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will lead the investigative team. While Urban Meyer denied knowledge of the alleged abuse at Big Ten media days, he said in a statement last week he followed proper protocols. He said he discussed the 2015 allegations at the time with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith.
Smith's conversations with Meyer's wife also point to Meyer being aware of the 2015 domestic violence incident. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take".
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Meyer fans showed up in force on Monday with signs - many of them misguided - backing their embattled coach. Zach Smith was arrested, but charges were later dropped.
Urban Meyer is on the hot seat and can be wrongfully fired from Ohio State it is up to us Buckeye Nation to help him not just for him but for THE Ohio State University and the great state of Ohio!
While ESPN, like nearly every other USA sports media outlet, has reported on the Meyer situation since the scandal broke open last week, it was Brett McMurphy, an independent reporter who was laid off by ESPN, who broke the news that suggested Meyer knew about the allegations against Smith.