Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Placed On Paid Administrative Leave

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes could be in question. After a bombshell report from college football insider Brett McMurphy alleged that Meyer had previous knowledge of domestic abuse allegations against assistant Zach Smith dating back to 2015, the university announced that the head coach has been placed on paid administrative leave while they conduct an investigation.
Meyer released a statement saying that he agreed to go on leave in order to avoid any additional distractions as his program prepares for the 2018 college football season.
“Gene (Smith) 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,” Meyer said.
With Meyer on leave, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as the acting head coach.
“The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations,” Ohio State associate vice president for university communications Chris Davey said in the statement. “During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”
The Buckeyes kickoff their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

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