Under mounting pressure, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates whether he or his wife knew about allegations of domestic abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith. Zach Boren, a free agent fullback who went to Ohio State, said the allegations against Smith from his ex-wife have nothing to do with Meyer.
"Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban", Courtney Smith told Stadium.
A report by college football reporter Brett McMurphy earlier in the day contradicted Meyer's recent comments at Big Ten media day that he was unaware of allegations against Smith. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith's attorney said Courtney Smith had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son.
In June 2009, Zach Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim after allegedly throwing Courtney Smith into a wall after an argument at their home in Gainesville, Florida, where Zach was working for Meyer with the University of Florida football program.
That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States. He was also asked about the 2015 incident alleged by Courtney Smith.
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Meyer told reporters last week at the Big Ten Media Day event in Chicago that he was aware of a 2009 incident involving Zach Smith, but said he was told "that what was reported wasn't what actually happened".
Zach Smith had been on Meyer's staff since Meyer's days at the University of Florida, but he was sacked last week after McMurphy dug up multiple police reports alleging domestic violence against Zach Smith. The university announced Wednesday that Meyer has been placed in administrative leave with pay while the investigation proceeds. Ohio State opens preseason camp Friday without knowing who will lead the team September 1 against Oregon State.
Zach Smith is the grandson of late Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, whom Meyer has long praised as a mentor and one of the most influential people in his life.
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
Steve Spurrier, the greatest coach in Florida Gators history - considers Urban Meyer - the second-greatest coach in Florida Gators history - to be friend. Voltolini has been part of Meyer's staff since Meyer's first head-coaching stop at Bowling Green. "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light". Zach Smith wasn't charged in the case. I've never had a conversation about it. "I'm not sure where that comes up".