Urban Meyer On Paid Administrative Leave, Thoughts On What It All Means

Urban Meyer On Paid Administrative Leave, Thoughts On What It All Means

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Urban Meyer On Paid Administrative Leave, Thoughts On What It All Means


The saga of Urban Meyer and whether he covered up allegations of domestic violence against the wife of former assistant Zach Smith continues. Here is where things stand and some thoughts to consider.


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Urban Meyer On Paid Administrative Leave, Thoughts On What It All Means

In the wake of allegations of domestic abuse cover up, Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university while it conducts its own investigation.

You’ve likely heard from many media outlets and read almost every take on this to date, but some are taking things too far, while others aren’t opening their eyes to the problems at hand. The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.

Here are some thoughts and things to consider regarding where things stand, and what might be coming down the pipe in the very near future.

  • Despite the troubling and sometimes gruesome things we’ve seen come out of the report from Brett McMurphy, there’s still not a smoking gun. Do I believe Shelley Meyer told her husband about some of the things going on? Yes. Do I know it for certain? No, and neither does anyone besides Shelley and Urban.
  • It’s still unclear whether the clause inserted into Meyer’s contract recently about reporting Title IX incidents applies to the case at hand. Zach Smith’s wife Courtney is not an employee for the university, and there is a gray area there. Someone’s going to have to clear that up for Meyer to be let go (if he is) for cause.

  • So, despite all the allegations and documented encounters surrounding the Zach Smith, there still are no formal charges that existed until just last week. What do you do with someone who is not charged with a crime and who denies everything in a he said/she said scenario?
  • Do I think this could have been handled better? Yes, if what’s out there is the full and complete truth. But clearly the head coach at a major college program is being held to a higher standard here no?
  • What if … Urban Meyer did know about the incident in 2015 and told his superiors? What if he was instructed to handle things exactly as he did from that point on? It is possible, and if so, there’s someone else that needs to explain things here.
  • Colorado had a similar incident a couple of years ago. Mike MacIntyre is still the head coach.

  • Would Ohio State been in danger of a lawsuit from Zach Smith if it fired him without charges being levied against him? Remember, the 2015 incident was sealed.
  • If Urban Meyer did in fact know about all of this and kept it quiet. Shame on him. My sense is that Meyer is a stand up guy and cares about people. Did he let loyalty to Earle Bruce and his grandson (Zach Smith) take precedent over doing what’s right? That’s a big mistake if so.
  • I think you can read something into Ryan Day being named acting head coach. If Ohio State isn’t comfortable making Greg Schiano or Kevin Wilson the acting head coach with the baggage tied to their name, is it really comfortable bring Meyer back from the brink?
  • Where is Zach Smith on all of this?

  • Where does Ohio State turn if Meyer is sent packing? Ryan Day has no head coaching experience, and we’ve already mentioned what comes with making Greg Schiano or Kevin Wilson the man in charge. The landscape is pretty locked up with big name potential for a job like Ohio State at the moment.
  • Why for God’s sake didn’t any of the other coaches’ wives get involved in this situation?
  • Don’t expect this investigation to last long folks. Ohio State is going to want to take the proverbial mop and broom to all of this and move forward, like — yesterday.
  • Brett McMurphy broke this story via a post on Facebook. It seems to be the writing platform he’s using now. That’s writing like a boss right there.
  • Is what we know, all we’re gonna know? Unlikely. Stay tuned.

 

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