According to Courtney Smith, the wife of recently-fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, Shelley Meyer (left) - the wife of Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer (right) - was fully aware of the domestic abuse allegations against Zach in 2015
The wife of Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer allegedly knew about domestic violence claims against fired assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015, and now her famous husband's recent denials on the subject are being scrutinized.
College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported on Facebook that he has seen text messages between Smith's now former wife Courtney and the wives of Ohio State coaches – including Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley – and according to McMurphy's interpretation of those exchanges, they suggest that Urban Meyer was aware of the situation back in 2015.
Meyer previously denied knowing about domestic abuse allegations involving Zach and Courtney Smith from 2015, but did acknowledge that he was told about a 2009 incident when he was the head coach at the University of Florida while Zach served as an intern for the Gators.
Courtney Smith claims Shelley Meyer was among several coaches' wives who were aware of a domestic violence incident in 2015 involving her then-husband. That, and the 2009 incident in Florida, recently came light and prompted Zach's dismissal at Ohio State on July 24.
Shelley Meyer has not spoken publicly about the accusations, nor has Zach Smith. An Ohio State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meyer is set to make $7.8 million this season after recently signing a two-year extension at Ohio State.
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Courtney Smith said she left Zach (pictured) in June of 2015, but says that didn't end the abuse
Courtney Smith said she shared photos with coaches' wives of bruises on her arms and neck that she allegedly suffered during altercations with Zach in 2014 and 2015
'All the [coaches'] wives knew,' Courtney Smith told McMurphy. 'They all did. Every single one.'
Courtney Smith also alleged that Urban Meyer's long-time special assistant and friend, Hiram de Fries, urged her to drop charges against Zach after the incident in Florida in 2009, when he was arrested for allegedly abusing her while she was pregnant.
'[De Fries] said, "If you don't drop the charges, Zach will never coach again,"' Courtney Smith told McMurphy. '"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."'
Zach was never convicted on any charges, but on July 20, 2015 Delaware (Ohio) County court issued a domestic violence civil protection order against him.
According to magistrate David J. Laughlin, 'the court finds that [Courtney Smith] is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence and for good cause the following temporary orders are necessary to protect the persons named [Courtney Smith and her children Cameron, 8, and Quinn, 6] in this order from domestic violence
In an interview with
, Courtney Smith said she was warned by other people in her life not to press charges on her then-husband: 'I was told: "Don't call the police. If you call the police, he's going to get arrested, it's going to go to the media, he's going to lose his job. What are you and the kids going to do?"'
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Urban Meyer assistant Zach Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, opens up about reported domestic violence and what she believes Meyer knew. pic.twitter.com/dNWA9x2F4y— Stadium (@Stadium) August 1, 2018
The couple has two children together.
Zach Smith (right) played for Urban Meyer at Bowling Green before serving as an intern on the Florida Gators, where Meyer won the first two of his three national titles
Urban Meyer won the third of his three national titles in 2014 - his first at Ohio State
Courtney Smith did not press charges after the alleged incident in 2009. However, Zach Smith was investigated on suspicion of domestic violence in 2015 after an altercation that allegedly resulted in unspecified injuries to Courtney, who told the Powell, Ohio police that she was abused habitually by her then-husband.
Courtney Smith told McMurphy that she left Zach in June of that year, but she