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Clay Travis Says There's Still A "Big Question" With Urban Meyer, Ohio State

A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave while the school completes an investigation into how he handled domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith back in 2015. The findings are expected to be released within 14 days.

Clay Travis, who runs Outkick The Coverage, thinks there is one major question regarding the case that people aren't talking about enough. And it actually has to do with the 2009 alleged incident - not the 2015 one.

Travis thinks it's important to know whether Meyer told Ohio State AD Gene Smith in 2012 when they hired Smith about the 2009 incident.

Why? He says that a second allegation against someone for domestic violence is much different. He says a school would possibly factor that in when it came to whether or not to employ him. Here's more, via Outkick The Coverage:

Certainly former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley should be asked whether Meyer informed him about Smith’s arrest and allowed him to continue coaching at Florida — but did Meyer inform his Ohio State bosses about the 2009 incident either in 2012 when he was hiring Smith or in 2015 when the second issue of domestic violence arose? And if he didn’t, shouldn’t he have have done so?

Because otherwise Gene Smith, in investigating Zach Smith’s 2015 domestic violence incident, might well have believed this was the only allegation of domestic violence in Smith’s past. The way you would respond to a single incidence of domestic violence might well be different than the way you would respond if you knew Smith had previously been arrested for domestic violence, years earlier, involving the same woman.

It's a fair question - at least when it comes to morality. If everyone at Ohio State knew that Smith had a previous allegation when the 2015 alleged incident occurred, it'd be different if it were just the first.

It would also mean that it wasn't just Meyer who was employing Smith knowing he had two domestic violence allegations against him - it would be his bosses too.

It's going to be an interesting few weeks in Columbus. We'll keep you updated.