Ohio State are players are reporting to training camp and preparing for Friday's first practice without head coach Urban Meyer. The school placed him on administrative leave Thursday as it conducts an investigation into allegations that Meyer knew of domestic violence complaints made in 2015 against former assistant Zach Smith and did nothing about it.
The allegations came from a report by Brett McMurphy as well as interview done by Smith's ex-wife Courtney with Stadium Sports.
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, opens up about reported domestic violence and what she believes Meyer knew. pic.twitter.com/dNWA9x2F4y— Stadium (@WatchStadium) August 1, 2018
Neither Meyer nor Ohio State has spoken to the press, however the coach did release the following statement after being placed on leave.
"Gene and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter."
Ohio State on Thursday cancelled a scheduled a media availability with the team, releasing the following statement.
"The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed. We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday."
Prior to the news of Meyer's administrative leave, we talked Wednesday with former Buckeye great Chris Spielman and got his take on the story. You can hear that below. Stay tuned, as we will have much more reaction to this on-going story.