Except Courtney Smith showed McMurphy text messages from Meyer's wife Shelley that certainly seem to indicate she was well aware of Zach Smith's violent past. In that exchange, Lindsey Voltolini said Meyer spoke with Smith, and the assistant "denied everything".
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. By day's end, he was on administrative leave, amid speculation he will not again be the Buckeyes head coach.
"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement. Meyer-one of the most celebrated coaches in college sports-is officially, stunningly, on ice.
The Buckeyes fired wide receivers coach Zach Smith last week after he was served with a civil protection order over a string of domestic assaults against his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, between 2009 and 2015. He was one of my coaches when I played.
She dropped the charges and later claimed it was because she was convinced to do so by a pair of Urban Meyer's mentors.
"I can't say. I don't know", he said.
Steve Spurrier, the greatest coach in Florida Gators history - considers Urban Meyer - the second-greatest coach in Florida Gators history - to be friend.
Consider all of that, and then imagine being in Courtney Smith's shoes, with a husband who is the grandson of an OSU legend and a boss who is a living legend - and Ohio's highest-paid state employee. Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month.
Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio's Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse.
Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
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've never had a conversation about it.