Urban Meyer and the God Complex in College Sports

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The OSU coach is on administrative leave while Ohio State investigates claims that Meyer's wife knew about 2015 allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was sacked last week.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Smith told McMurphy.

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.

The former Penn State assistant, whose father, the legendary Joe Paterno, was ousted from his longtime post amidst scandal, penned an impassioned post on his personal website titled "Due Process & Rule of Law for Urban Meyer" in which he "implore [s] the Board at Ohio State to stand up to the mob mentality" in making a decision on the head coach's fate.

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The university said it will open an investigation into the allegations and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as interim coach in Meyer's absence.

The allegations call into question Meyer's future at the school, one of the most visible in college sports.

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. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.

She dropped the charges and later claimed it was because she was convinced to do so by a pair of Urban Meyer's mentors.

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When filled in on the details, Whittingham could only say "I hadn't heard that". Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month.

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Smith has never been criminally charged.

"All the (coaches') wives knew", Courtney Smith told McMurphy.

The Smiths separated in 2015 before another alleged incident happened in which Courtney Smith claims Zach choked her and shoved her against a wall with the couple's two children present.

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