Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has already been placed on paid administrative leave. Now, the question is would the school consider replacing the famed coach, altogether?
The question is warranted after ESPN reportedWednesday that Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative, as it investigates Courtney Smith’s allegation that Meyer’s wife, Shelley, was among those who knew of Smith being the alleged victim of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband and former Buckeyes assistant football coach, Zach Smith.
At the center of the controversy is Meyer saying last week that he didn’t have any knowledge of two alleged domestic violence incidents in 2015 involving Zach Smith and that had he known, he would have fired Smith back then instead of just last week, all according to reporter Brett McMurphy.
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But Courtney Smith isn’t buying that notion at all.
“All the (coaches) wives knew,” Courtney told McMurphy, who wrote a lengthy Facebook postabout it. “They all did. Every single one.”
Smith additionally told Stadium: "I do believe [Urban Meyer] knew, and instead he chose to help the abuser and enable the abuser and believe whatever story Zach was telling everybody."
Courtney alleges that Shelley knew about the domestic violence since 2009. It all went public when Smith was served with a domestic violence civil protection order last week, prompting his firing from Ohio State.
She even told McMurphy: “Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban. I said, ‘That’s fine, you should tell Urban.’ I know Shelley did everything she could.”
The school has named offensive coordinator Ryan Day as the Buckeyes acting head coach, while its investigation continues.
"We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible," Ohio State said in a statement, as reported by ESPN.
Meyer agrees with the administrative leave and believes it will help the school complete the investigation.
"[Athletic director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion,” Meyer said in a statement, as reported by ESPN. “This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter."
This story and the investigation paved the way for BetDSI to levy the odds on Meyer still being the head coach of the Buckeyes next month. And the odds on the possible names that could replace him by then. Take a look:
Next head coach of Ohio State?
Greg Schiano -150
Urban Meyer +180
Kevin Wilson +220
Ryan Day +500
Alex Grinch +1500
Les Miles +5000
Jim Grobe +10000
Rich Rodriguez +10000