Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by the school on Wednesday as the school announced it is investigating Courtney Smith’s claims that several people close to Meyer were aware of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith, according to ESPN.
Smith was fired in July.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will now be the team’s acting head coach, and will serve in that role during the course of the investigation.
“We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible,” the school said in a statement.
Courtney Smith shared her allegations with college football reporter Brett McMurphey, which was posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
“All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Smith said, per the report. “They all did. Every single one.”
Additionally, Smith alleges that Meyer knew as well.
“I do believe he knew, and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody,” Smith said, according to Stadium.
“[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,” Meyer said in a statement.
Courtney Smith told McMurphy that Shelley Meyer also knew of the allegations, often discussing Zach Smith’s abuse with her, which included the sharing of pictures.
“Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban,” Courtney Smith recalled. “I said: ‘That’s fine, you should tell Urban.’ I know Shelley did everything she could.”
Courtney Smith also said, in interview with Stadium, that Shelley Meyer never confirmed that she told her husband, Urban, about the abuse.
“She did not. She did not,” Courtney Smith said of Shelley Meyer. “She would reach out to me, ask me how I’m doing, tell me she was worried, if I needed anything, she was there.”