The Urban Meyer Situation - It's As Simple As This...

The Urban Meyer Situation - It's As Simple As This...

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The Urban Meyer Situation - It's As Simple As This...

Now on paid administrative leave, the future of Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is uncertain.  However, the whole thing appears to boil down to something pretty simple.

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In the immediate aftermath of the news regarding Courtney Smith’s claims that several people close to Ohio State Buckeyes’ coach Urban Meyer, including his wife, knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith, Ohio State has placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.

And now the world is exploding with opinions, complaints about media attacks, lawyers’ statements claiming the former assistant coach has his side of the story that must be told, and wild speculation about anything and everything attached to this entire mess.

Make no mistake about it and don’t let anyone try to tell you this is all being blown out of proportion by the loud, over-anxious, and irresponsible media.

This is a gigantic mess.

However, as messy as it is for the people involved and for the Ohio State Buckeye Nation, sense is easy to make of it all and the whole thing pretty much boils down to this, in chronological order:

In 2009, when Urban Meyer was the head coach at the University of Florida, an intern of his, Zach Smith, was accused by Smith’s wife, Courtney, of physically abusing her.

Courtney Smith claims that Hiram DeFries, who is the current special assistant to head coach Urban Meyer and has served in the role of “confidant” to Meyer dating back to the time of the 2009 incident, told her then, “If you don’t drop the charges, Zach will never coach again.  He’s never hit you before.  He was drinking.  He’ll probably never do it again.  You should think about giving him a second chance.”

Courtney Smith dropped the charges in 2009.

There is compelling evidence that suggests that Courtney Smith was beaten, again, by her ex-husband in 2015 when Zach Smith was an assistant coach on Meyer’s Ohio State coaching staff.

Courtney Smith told Shelley Meyer, wife of Urban Meyer, about the alleged domestic violence in 2015.

There are many text messages that demonstrate that Shelley Meyer was acutely aware of the situation.

And, either Shelley Meyer told Urban Meyer about the alleged domestic violence or she did not tell Urban Meyer about the alleged domestic violence.

That’s it.

There isn’t any candlestick that might have been stolen by the baker who might have seen the housekeeper in the backyard who might have been putting the tampered-with laundry in the incinerator behind the garage and the taxi cab driver wasn’t in the driveway watching it all with the next door neighbor in the backseat who had a disagreement with the ex-wife the week before over some of the apples from the tree in the ex-wife’s yard falling over into the neighbor’s yard.

And the daughter of the friend down the street isn’t orchestrating all of this because the Meyers owe her money from the last three times she looked after the Meyers’ cat, Woody.

When Courtney Smith, afraid and nervous and not sure what to do, told Urban Meyer’s wife that her ex-husband, one of Urban Meyer’s assistant coaches, was beating her and that Urban Meyer needed to know about it, did Shelley Meyer tell Urban Meyer or not?

Maybe Shelley Meyer didn’t ever tell her husband that one of his assistants who had been accused of beating his ex-wife in 2009 was beating his ex-wife again and the ex-wife asked her to tell Urban.

Or, maybe Shelley Meyer did tell Urban Meyer about Courtney Smith’s claims that Zach Smith, her ex-husband and Urban Meyer’s wide receivers coach, was physically abusing her.

It’s one or the other.

Shelley Meyer either told Urban Meyer or she did not tell Urban Meyer.

My wife, just the other day, told me that my sister once complained about the air conditioning being cranked up too much in our house when she was visiting and that was the reason she took ill shortly thereafter.

My wife also told me, just a few days ago, that the guy that handles our dry cleaning asked if we wanted to use his two tickets to a Dodger game next weekend.

My wife also mentioned to me that when her mother was staying with us a few weeks ago for a visit, her mother didn’t really like the shampoo that we put in the bathroom that’s next to the downstairs guest room.

But, I guess I could see how Urban Meyer’s wife might not tell him that one of his assistant coach’s ex-wives had asked her to tell him that the assistant coach/ex-husband was beating her.  Again.

The rest of this whole thing?

It’s all just noise.

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