Ohio State Announces Special Independent Board Related to Meyer Investigation

Ohio State Announces Special Independent Board Related to Meyer Investigation

Ohio State Announces Special Independent Board Related to Meyer Investigation

Just over 24 hours ago, college football reporter Brett McMurphy posted a bombshell report to his Facebook page that alleged Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer knew about the assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today formed a special, independent board working group related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer that was announced on Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season.

McMurphy also obtained a text exchange that Courtney Smith said was with Lindsey Voltolini, whose husband, Brian, has been a member of Meyer's coaching staffs at OSU, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green.

"Well he is a good friend of mine and a good football coach", Whittingham said when asked rather unspecifically about his thoughts on Meyer.

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After firing Smith last week, Meyer told reporters that he had been aware of the alleged 2009 incident and that he and his wife, Shelley, had advised Zach and Courtney to go to counseling at the time.

She continued, "When somebody is crying out for help, I believe, the coach along with the coach's wife have a duty".

Jay Paterno has weighed in regarding the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State.

"There was nothing, I don't know who creates a story like that", Meyer said. Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month.

She also told the sports network Stadium that she sent photos to Meyer's wife, Shelley. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse. "I was never told about anything ... never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that". In fact, Courtney Smith said of the 2015 incident, "All the [coaches'] wives knew". "I don't know. Someone texted me that last night".

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