Urban Meyer and the God Complex in College Sports

Urban Meyer on Leave as Ohio State Investigates What He Knew About Allegations Against Ex-assistant

Meyer, one of the greatest college coaches of all-time, was put on paid administrative leave by the Buckeyes Wednesday in the wake of college football reporter Brett McMurphy's volatile interview with Zach Smith's ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Courtney Smith provided screen shots of text message conversations with several women married to men on the coaching staff, which she says indicate that Meyer was aware of the problem.

Meyer hired Smith to join him at Ohio State in 2012 and fired Smith last week after an Ohio court granted a domestic violence protective order to Courtney Smith against her former husband.

Football practice starts on Friday, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day serving as the interim coach. "I've seen other coaches who would keep players and try to rehab them ... but I think it (zero tolerance on domestic violence) should be a rule in all of college football".

Meyer was placed on leave after the ex-wife of longtime assistant Zach Smith called into question Meyer's claim that he was unaware of a 2015 domestic abuse allegation against Smith.

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On Thursday night, Ohio State announced it formed an independent board "related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer".

"There was nothing, I don't know who creates a story like that", Meyer said.

Steve Spurrier, the greatest coach in Florida Gators history - considers Urban Meyer - the second-greatest coach in Florida Gators history - to be friend. He was Ohio State's wide receivers coach until his firing last week. In 2009, Smith was arrested on a charge that Courtney Smith later dropped.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. That is about all I can say right now.

Joe Paterno's career four-decade career as Penn State coach ended when he was sacked amid questions about how much he knew about Sandusky's past crimes and whether he acted appropriately with allegations he was told of by an assistant coach. I told people to go find out for me.

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