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Allegations of player mistreatment surface against Urban Meyer

Allegations of player mistreatment surface against Urban Meyer”

In fact, Courtney Smith said of the 2015 incident, "All the [coaches'] wives knew. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter", he said in a statement. Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of the recently fired wide receivers coach, said in an interview that she had discussed the incident in 2015 with Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer's wife.

"I was never told about anything", Meyer said.

Meyer said he was aware of an incident involving Zach and Courtney Smith in 2009, while they were still married.

Zach Smith's attorney, Brad Koffel, told CNN in a statement: "Zach Smith wants to be as transparent and honest as possible but it is not going to be done today through the media". The deal runs through 2022 and increases Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018, with annual 6 per cent raises for the bulk of his compensation.

While Meyer is on leave, offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as head coach.

Finebaum spoke more about Meyer and "arrogance".

Yet here we are, the day after McMurphy reported a story so horrifying it could bring down one of the best coaches in college football history, and some fanatics are blaming the victim. This was one of the worst: During an alleged assault in October 2015, Courtney Smith said her then-3-year-old daughter "was clinging" to her leg.

Smith provided McMurphy with text messages she exchanged with Shelley Meyer in 2015 about the incident, which brought a police visit but did not result in criminal charges against Zach Smith, who was sacked last month after that allegation and one from 2009 came to light.

Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith.

When Meyer was asked about the protection order filed against Smith, the coach said the firing decision had "a little bit" to do with that and that it was a "group effort" to come to that decision.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanour criminal trespass. Annual studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus list it as college football's most valuable brand and, according to the Columbus Dispatch, the school trademarked the name "Urban Meyer" in 2015. "I was never told about anything ... never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that". I know nothing about it. I told people to go find out for me.



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