Urban Meyer Already Has a Path to a Comeback

Arnold Nichols
August 3, 2018

No matter what is proven about these allegations against the former wide receiver coach at Ohio State, this much is beyond doubt: Urban Meyer did not commit a crime, he did not witness, nor did he cover up any crimes.

Practice in Columbus starts on Friday, and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as the acting head coach in preparation for the 2018 season.

Jay Paterno has weighed in regarding the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State.

At media days in Chicago last week, Meyer acknowledged the 2009 incident. Courtney Smith's allegations - including the text messages - were reported by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy on his Facebook page and in a video interview with Smith.

I don't know, but I can not imagine with what Urban Meyer said last week at Big Ten media days and the fact that he hasn't said anything yet, that he is going to be able to have anything more to say in terms of this football season. The head coach's wife responded by saying she was "going to have to tell Urban", according to Smith.

Meyer told reporters last week that he didn't know anything about the 2015 incident.


Zach Smith is the grandson of late Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, whom Meyer has long praised as a mentor and one of the most influential people in his life. Smith has never been criminally charged.

Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of onetime Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against her ex-husband on July 20. Ohio State opens the football season September 1 at home against Oregon State.

Since Ohio State announced an independent investigation in April, more than 100 former students have come forward with accounts of sexual misconduct by Strauss. The allegations range from 1979 to 1997 and involve male athletes from 14 sports, as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.

When asked about that incident, Meyer claimed at the Big Ten meetings last week, that he was unaware of a 2015 incident. We expect Coach Meyer to bring out the best in us as he comes to the table with a winning attitude, impressive football resume and of course a mutual appreciation for farm fresh quality and hearty breakfast foods.

That figure makes him not only the highest-paid state employee in OH, but the highest-paid public-school football coach in the United States.

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