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Ohio State Announces Urban Meyer Is Going On Paid Administrative Leave

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ohio State announced this evening that head football coach Urban Meyer will be going on paid administrative leave following the bombshell report that surfaced from college football insider Brett McMurphy.

McMurphy reported earlier today that Meyer was more aware of domestic violence allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith than he led on in 2015.

"Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview w/the victim & other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff despite his denial last week," he reported.

Urban Meyer released the following statement.

"Gene (Smith) and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter," he says.

Here is the full announcement from Ohio State:

Urban Meyer and Ohio State are about one month away from the start of the 2018 season. The Buckeyes are set to open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

Meyer and the Buckeyes are one of the top teams in the country heading into the 2018 season. Ohio State has College Football Playoff aspirations.