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Urban Meyer is in Trouble


Greg Bertram | USATSI

Urban Meyer has dug himself into a hole he may not be able to get out of.  A new report from Brett McMurphy alleges the Ohio State football coach knew about domestic violence allegations against a member of his staff and did nothing.

In 2015 wide receivers coach Zach Smith was involved in two domestic disputes that were investigated by local police.  Last week at Big Ten Media Days Meyer denied any knowledge of the incident at the time.  Text messages and interviews with Smith’s ex-wife obtained by McMurphy contradict that statement.

Entering his seventh season at Ohio State, Meyer is 73-8 as the Buckeyes’ head coach.  He’s won two Big Ten titles and a National Championship, but this revelation could launch a Title IX investigation into Meyer’s program and cost him his job.

If McMuphy’s report is true, Meyer has been caught in a lie, and a pretty big one.  A lie about tattoos cost Jim Tressell his job, a lie that pales in comparison to lying about domestic abuse.

This lie has ramifications for the Kentucky football program.  The Cats’ top recruiting competition in the state of Ohio, the dismissed wide receivers coach was one of the Buckeyes primary in-state recruiters.  With Smith out, and potentially Meyer, it creates an opportunity for Mark Stoops in Vince Marrow.  Obviously, justice for the victim is exponentially more important than Kentucky football recruiting, but it should be noted.

[Brett McMurphy]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

43 responses to “Urban Meyer is in Trouble”

  1. Iamheasyouarehe

    Hang him high….

  2. CombatMedic_98

    We should ask Urban to come on down to UK and help run the water bottle crew

  3. Bluebloodtoo

    Wow urban Meyer got grey in the big ten. I still have his UF pictures in my head. 7 seasons at TOSU?

  4. loservilletard

    its Ohio STate and he is winning games, nothing will be done…absolutely nothing

    1. mashburnfan1

      I live near Columbus and would say you are right but am hoping the non OSU fans, NCAA or outside media will pressure the Suckeyes to take action. As for the area, not a mention of this so far. Channel 6 news is supposed to be “The Buckeye Fever” place and nothing on the noon news or the website about this. I just don’t understand why these guys lie and risk a multi million dollar job, if true and text messages seem to show it as true. Why not say we knew about it but no charges were filed or whatever excuse you want to give especially on this topic. At least Colin Coward is talking about it

  5. Iamheasyouarehe

    Interesting how ESPN jumps on the UK staff being unprofessional non story but not a word about Uban being the pathological liar of NCAA football.

  6. dfleming

    Say Hi to Art Briles for me.

  7. Iamheasyouarehe

    If you haven’t read the Brett Murphy story you really should. If Urban keeps his job, OSU’s integrity is out the window and is a win at any and all costs program.

    1. mashburnfan1

      And it is not just Urban, all other coaches also knew including Brian Voltolini who is Mr. loyal to Urban. Also have to think the AD knew though nothing is said about that. Hard to think all coaches knew and nothing was said to the AD. Also a quote the wife from the fired wife beater was interesting “Zach once told me, if he ever got fired and this all comes out: ‘I’ll take everyone at Ohio State down with me.'” That is why I think maybe the AD knew. I hate that the woman was hurt, although I never understood why someone stays with a person after it happens once. I do love that OSU is in big time trouble, AGAIN.

    2. Iamheasyouarehe

      Brenda Tracy touched on how hard it can be when there’s mental, emotional, physical and financial abuse. I guess it’s hard to understand unless you’ve been a victim of it. I too love that Uban and OSU are in trouble.

  8. henryclay99

    [Louisville’s ears perk up]

    1. Greatcatfan

      They’d hire him in a second and claim if Pet”her”rino was going to win a NC he would have done it by now.

  9. Iamheasyouarehe

    So this is the same coach who coached Aaron Hernandez? I

  10. playmorezeppelin

    Cue chest pains*

    1. jimmer

      Yes! Or he suddenly wants to put family first…again…for a few months…until another big job opens up.

  11. Cousins Fake Tooth

    “allegations”. Why punish someone until you know if they are guilty?

    1. Iamheasyouarehe

      Seriously?

    2. ClutchCargo

      The “allegation” is only relevant for the purposes of criminal charges. According to the story, it seems everyone knew what was going on and he took the appropriate action, although he was probably forced to stop looking the other way.

    3. Iamheasyouarehe

      He should have take the appropriate actions years before.

    4. Cousins Fake Tooth

      Yes. Seriously. Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? I bet you are the type of person that jumps and whatever the news tells you to think, then that is what you believe. Also because “everyone knew” means jack. Unless these people actually witnessed it happening, then they really don’t know anything at all.

    5. Iamheasyouarehe

      I bet your the type of person just like Urban who ignores domestic abuse. Did you even read the article? And just FYI, I don’t watch the news.

    6. Booby Petrino

      good point, Cousins…Urban could be as innocent as OJ, they should definitely wait to see if the glove fits.

    7. Booby Petrino

      read the report, Cousins…it’s obvious he knew, but keep throwing the word allegations out there if it somehow makes you feel better.

    8. ClutchCargo

      Let’s all get off Urban’s back. He has to focus on finding the real wife beater.

    9. Mathlete

      She was apparently pressured to drop similar charges back in 2005 while Meyer et al were at Florida and she was pregnant

    10. Iamheasyouarehe

      And still no mention of any of this on ESPN.

    11. macattack

      “Innocent until proven guilty” is only a thing in the legal system. Ohio State (or any employer for that matter) doesn’t have to wait for you to be tried in court to fire you. They can do it for just about any reason. Saying that is just distracting people from what actually happened. It the same as when people talk about the first amendment. It’s only the government that that applies to. People really need to take a civics class.

    12. Mathlete

      @Mac – even just putting the guy on administrative leave while the investigations are happening sends
      a better message than trying to sweep it under the rug

    13. mashburnfan1

      plus if you read the text the reporter has it is clear Urban knew and OSU knew. The OSU attorney ask the victims atty about it, duh, they knew. That was authenticated by the victims atty. A text from a long time Urban asst. coach’s wife says Urban talked to Zach and he denied it. So he has not been proven guilty but there is plenty there to suspend Urban and fire his wife, who is an OSU employee as well.

    14. J-Dub421

      Was the restraining order the battered wife got fake? I’m pretty sure judges don’t just hand those out like candy. Also there are text messages that have been corroborated. This is not the hill to choose to die on, Cousins.

    15. ukcats1776.90

      judges will actually give out restraining orders easily. there need not be a hearing and the person subject to the restraining doesn’t get to defend themself

  12. Double 00 Tony Delk

    It’s not the crime – it’s the cover up

    1. CombatMedic_98

      TD you are correct

  13. Mathlete

    The fact that he risked all of this for a receivers coach is a gross risk/reward miscalculation

    1. Iamheasyouarehe

      He reportedly looked the other way with Aaron Hernandez’s behavior as well.

    2. Greatcatfan

      It’s not his position it’s his recruiting.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Then the fact that he risked all of this for any staff member or recruit is a gross risk/reward miscalculation.

    4. Mathlete

      @Greatcatfan – it’s Ohio State and Florida, two of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country and (at the respective times) the two top dogs in their yards. One recruiter is a blip on the radar, there are always others who want his job.

  14. jaws2

    ESPN,…… nothing to see here, move along. Oh wait, a UK signee’s dad says he was treated unprofessionally.
    MAAAAAAAAJOR story here, run it!!!!!

  15. kjd

    Love the closing statement, Nick. CYA

  16. rickat

    The ”
    sick” loyalty is because the assistant coach is the grandson of Earle Bruce. Urban’s grandson.

    1. rickat

      Sorry. Urban’s mentor

  17. rickat

    Correction. Urban’s mentor.