Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked last week.
Courtney Smith alleged Wednesday that she told Meyer's wife, Shelley, about the abuse in text messages and phone conversations in 2015 and that Shelley Meyer indicated she would tell the head coach. It's not been confirmed by Courtney Smith or anyone else that Shelley told Urban what she knew.
The issue is whether or not Meyer protected an assistant coach, Zach Smith, after domestic violence allegations were made against Smith.
Though he publicly denied knowing anything about domestic violence allegations against one of his coaches in 2015, new evidence has reportedly come to light that suggests Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer may have lied. I said, "2015"? That was only a couple years ago.
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
In announcing the deal with Meyer, Evans, the chain's president and CEO, said that, "we're ready for whatever plays he throws at us". He said he didn't know of any incident in 2015 but that the Ohio State staff did its own investigation and found no basis for the allegation.
From making sure every minute of practice is accounted for to fretting over what players are putting in their bodies at the dining hall, no detail is too small for a coach's prying eyes.
Paterno wrote his post before Meyer was put on leave by Ohio State. There is proof that Meyer's wife knew about it, and it will be hard for Meyer to claim that he did not.
The extension also increased Meyer's salary to $7.6m for 2018, an $800,000 raise over what he was scheduled to earn. In 2009, Smith was arrested on a charge that Courtney Smith later dropped.
Smith was sacked July 23 after reports surfaced that his ex-wife filed an order of protection against him. "We are suspending the current partnership with Urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation". It is not clear what contact Meyer had, if any, with university officials about the situation until Smith was sacked last month. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced. "I don't know. Someone texted me that last night".