Urban Meyer is in a really tough spot right now in Columbus.
The Ohio State coach took to the main podium last week for Big Ten Media Days and denied having known about any domestic violence allegations against his receivers coach Zach Smith from 2015. Meyer even mentioned how close he and his wife are to Smith and his family and how involved they were when there were similar allegations in 2009.
Following the public release of that news leading up to Big Ten Media Days, Meyer fired his longtime assistant Smith. One day later, he faced the media and had to explain why he fired Smith — who just so happens to be the grandson of Meyer’s mentor.
Here’s what Meyer had to say about the 2015 allegations:
“There was nothing, I don’t know who creates a story like that,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days.
In a disturbing report from college football insider Brett McMurphy published on Wednesday, Smith’s now ex-wife shared several pictures and text messages she had with Meyer’s wife, Shelley, along with several wives of members of Meyer’s Ohio State staff. The messages strongly suggest Urban would be informed of the situation.
During a recent appearance on The Herd, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman shared his thoughts on the situation:
“It does not look good for Urban Meyer & Ohio State, especially in the wake of last week saying ‘I just found out about it last night.’”@BruceFeldmanCFB on reports that Urban Meyer knew about Zach Smith's 2015 domestic violence incidents (via @TheHerd) pic.twitter.com/icTHOJ7Wei
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