"We are focused on supporting our players and on getting the truth as expeditiously as possible". "I'll have to fill you in on that later if I can", Whittingham said when asked about Meyer's situation following practice.
Courtney Smith said she and Shelley Meyer often discussed Zach Smith's domestic violence, dating all the way back to a 2009 domestic incident. That proclamation came three days after McMurphy reported that Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence protection order against her ex-husband.
At Big Ten media days, Meyer said he knew of the incident in 2009 and he and Shelley Meyer addressed it with the Smiths.
Text messages and accounts from the victim cast doubt on Urban Meyer's claim that he did not know about an alleged domestic assault by one of his assistant coaches, according to a bombshell report released Wednesday. Speaking with McMurphy, Courtney said, "All the [coaches] wives knew. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify", Koffel said in a statement. "'He's never hit you before". "I said, 'That's fine".
Meyer told reporters last week at the Big Ten Media Day event in Chicago that he was aware of a 2009 incident involving Zach Smith, but was told "that what was reported wasn't what actually happened". At the conference, he said his decision to fire him after the trespassing charges from back in May, was carefully thought out and that although it was a "tough call" it was "in the best interest of our team".
In Meyer's absence, Ryan Day will assume head coaching duties for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes coach was suspended Wednesday, a month away from the highly ranked team's opening game, as Ohio State investigates whether he chose to ignore his subordinate's violence, reports NPR member station WOSU.
Terry Thomas, an attorney who used to represent Courtney Smith, said Columbus attorney Larry James reached out to him in November 2015 seeking information about the incident between Zach and Courtney Smith.
Zach Smith was sacked on July 23 after he was served a civil protection order on behalf of Courtney Smith. Zach Smith is scheduled to appear in court on August 22 for a hearing associated with the criminal trespassing charge that initiated the events that ultimately led to his dismissal from the football program. Some have called for Ohio State to part ways with Meyer, and August 1 reports indicate that Meyer would be placed on administrative leave.
"Nobody from the university came and asked me my side of the story", Smith said.
McMurphy wrote a post on Facebook stating that he has obtained text messages sent by Smith's ex-wife Courtney to Meyer's wife and the wives of other Ohio State coaches. Shelley was responsive in the group and at one point said that she was going to tell Urban. I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light. Many of them depict bruises on Courtney's body, particularly around he arm, as well as one photo showing blood oozing out of cuts on her hand.