Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave

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Any downward trend for the Buckeyes has been relatively short-lived, as their last three coaches - Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and John Cooper - were all able to transition out of potential turbulence and quickly get Ohio State back into the top 10.

"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion", Meyer said in a statement.

While speaking with reporters at training camp, Apple described Meyer's administrative leave and the investigation as "unfortunate".

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"I can't say. I don't know", he said. Ryan Day, who has been the team's offensive coordinator, will be acting head football coach while Meyer is on leave.

The crux of what investigators will be looking for is whether Meyer followed proper protocols when and if he received information about allegations regarding Smith. In that event, Smith's job could very well be jeopardy, at which point a coaching search could take on an entirely different tenor. She also told the sports network Stadium that she sent photos to Meyer's wife, Shelley.

Meyer said he didn't know anything about the 2015 incident involving the Smiths.

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Separately, a court hearing for Zach Smith was postponed Thursday on a domestic protection order sought by his ex-wife.

"You don't really know somebody outside of football like you want to", Apple said. Coach Jim Tressel was sacked in 2011 for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violations committed by some of his players.

This quote came five years after Meyer had learned about an earlier instance of domestic violence between Zach Smith and Courtney Smith, while she was pregnant with one of the couple's children. The firing came on the same day the 2009 allegation against Zach Smith was reported, along with police reports detailing two other accusations Courtney Smith made against Zach Smith in the fall of 2015. Most troubling, that includes an alleged incident of domestic abuse on October 25, 2015, shortly before the couple divorced. He said he didn't know of any incident in 2015 but that the Ohio State staff did its own investigation and found no basis for the allegation. Smith has never been criminally charged. Those messages include pictures of a bruised Courtney Smith. I told people to go find out for me. "I know nothing about it".

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