This morning, longtime college football insider Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell story that has put Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State in question due to his prior knowledge of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s history of domestic violence. Smith was fired from the Buckeye staff on July 23 for a criminal trespassing arrest arising from a domestic dispute with his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview w/the victim & other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff despite his denial last week https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 1, 2018
McMurphy’s story produced text message exchanges between Courtney Smith and several coaches wives, including Meyer’s wife Shelley, detailing alleged abuse from Zach Smith stemming from a 2015 domestic abuse incident. When asked about the 2015 incident during the Big Ten media day, Meyer claimed he had no prior knowledge.
Given Meyer’s denial, and the evidence produced in McMurphy’s piece, Colin thinks Meyer’s future in Columbus could be in jeopardy unless there’s a plausible explanation for his media day denial. Colin can’t wrap his head around why Meyer would risk his career by knowingly lying to cover up for an already fired assistant, as it appears he did at the media day, and believes his track record and reputation for going soft on discipline for players with troubling criminal charges won’t help his case as details continue to leak.
Colin doesn’t know how this will all play out, but there’s no question it’s a massive, ugly story for Ohio State and Meyer, and validates his critics that have long said he willingly looked past criminal conduct, dating back to his time at Florida.
10 years ago Meyer would have survived this, but things are different today.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 1, 2018