Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave By Ohio State

Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave By Ohio State

Meyer will continue to collect his $7.6 million annual salary.

Yes: the university says it has placed its head football coach on "paid administrative leave," and surely there are crucial bureaucratic differences between we're putting you on leave and we're suspending you from work, but let's not argue the impact. Ohio State opens the football season September 1 at home against Oregon State. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith's attorney said Courtney Smith had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son. "I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", Meyer said.

Urban said if he had, Zach would've been fired.

Meyer said he didn't know anything about the 2015 incident involving the Smiths. It is not clear what contact Meyer had, if any, with university officials about the situation until Smith was sacked last month. Zach Smith was charged with criminal trespassing and a protection order was filed. Zach Smith denied the allegation in a statement released by his lawyer. Smith was sacked July 23, days after an OH judge issued an order of protection that banned Smith from going within 500 feet of ex-wife Courtney Smith. The Smiths are due in court in September and their lawyers did not respond to messages seeking comment Thursday.

The extension signed on 27 March added a requirement to Meyer's contract that he immediately report any "known violations" of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy. In his retirement announcement - which came just before he was sacked - Paterno said he wished he had done more.

Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

The questions confronting Meyer involve whether he vouched too strongly for a coach he's considered family.

Only two days ago, the New Albany, Ohio-based chain had introduced Meyer as its "head breakfast coach" in an advertising campaign. Meyer's wife, Shelley, was made aware of the allegations, and said she would speak to her husband, Courtney Smith told the network. He said he and Shelley counseled the couple and allowed Zach Smith to remain on his staff.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer's program has been one of the most dominant in college football, and his players have mostly stayed out of major trouble. "That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on".

Unsurprisingly, Paterno brings up the actions by Penn State during the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky in the blog post.

The Buckeyes came in at No 3 in the preseason coaches' poll revealed on Wednesday behind Alabama and Clemson, who are No 1 and No 2 respectively.

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