Urban Meyer and the God Complex in College Sports

Tyler Owen
August 3, 2018

Ohio State University put coach Urban Meyer on leave on Wednesday while it investigates allegations the football coach knew about a 2015 domestic violence incident involving a former assistant years before the assistant was sacked last week.

The restaurant chain Bob Evans is suspending its partnership with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after he was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday, reports USA Today. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction".

"There was nothing, I don't know who creates a story like that", Meyer said.

For Meyer, the handling of former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith is simply the latest episode in a disturbing pattern of playing dumb, even while keeping track of such minute details as a player's heart rate at practice. She also told the sports network Stadium that she sent photos to Meyer's wife, Shelley. Shelley Meyer allegedly told Courtney Smith that "she was going to have to tell Urban" about the abuse.

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There are, however, a sufficient number of facts that show Meyer is in real danger of losing his job, and the dismissals might not stop there. But the restaurant's website, as first noted by Columbus Business First, no longer contains the page dedicated to Meyer as "head breakfast coach". "I said: 'That's fine, you should tell Urban'".

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 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.

"All the [coaches'] wives knew", Courtney Smith told Brett McMurphy, a college football reporter laid off by ESPN a year ago who posted the story on his Facebook page. Smith has never been criminally charged. The Smiths are due in court in September and their lawyers did not respond to messages seeking comment Thursday. "I know nothing about it". He was one of my coaches when I played. I told people to go find out for me.

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