Last week during Big Ten Media Days, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer denied having knowledge of two domestic abuse allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015.
In an extensive Facebook post on Wednesday, college football reporter Brett McMurphy claims that Meyer actually did know of those allegations three years ago.
McMurphy obtained text messages from Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney, between her and the wives of other Ohio State coaches, including Meyer’s wife, Shelley. These revealed that Meyer appeared to know of the allegations and the extent of the situations, and he may not have been the only one.
“All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Courtney Smith told McMurphy. “They all did. Every single one.”
Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview w/the victim & other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff despite his denial last week https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 1, 2018
According to McMurphy, there was frequent correspondence between the two wives (Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer), which further shows the extent of Zach Smith’s domestic violence allegations against his wife, as well as Urban Meyer’s apparent knowledge of the situation.
McMurphy’s post further details the incidents involving Smith and his wife, according to Courtney, including photos she provided of the condition she was in following the reported abuse.
This report from McMurphy contradicts Meyer’s comments from last week, when the Ohio State coach said he was aware of a 2009 incident, but said that “nothing” came from the alleged ones in 2015.
“We’re certainly not going to investigate. It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened. And Shelley and I actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised for counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days. “I got a text late last night something happened, in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing — once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that.”
However, after the release of McMurphy’s report on Wednesday, it’s apparent that may not actually be true.
Smith was fired last week, three days after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him.